Macbeth Act 1-4

main theme of Act I betrayal
why are the witches important? they foreshadow events
why is king duncan so grateful to Macbeth? Macbeth saved King Duncan’s kingdom from rebels and the Norwegian king.
what is Macbeth’s character flaw? ambitious
what do you know about king duncan? he values bravery and loyalty
what does macbeth think about killing king duncan? he is not sure if it’s the right thing to do
where does king duncan come to spend the night? Macbeth’s castle
numbered side notes help understand which aspect of the play? unfamiliar language
which was true for those who watched a play at the Globe Theatre during Shakespeare’s day? the play was performed during the day
why does Lady macbeth think macbeth has little chance of becoming king? he is not ruthless enough
what is the main idea of ACT II? murderers must live with guilt
why is ban quo the last person to talk to macbeth before the murder of king? to represent the last chance for macbeth to change his mind
why does lady macbeth drug the servants in scene ii? she wants them to sleep while she kills the king
why does LM choose not to kill king herself? she thinks the king, as he sleeps, looks like her father
what does macbeth mean when he says he will “sleep no more”? his conscience will never let him sleep
what does macbeth mean when he says the blood on his hands will redden all the seas? he can never get over his guilt about killing duncan
what does LM mean when she says: my hands are of you colour, but i shame to wear a heart so white her hands are red with king duncan’s blood but unlike macbeth she is not afraid
why do ross and macduff think king duncan’s sons have killed their father both sons have run away, which makes them look guilty
what is the main purpose of Act III to show how macbeth’s troubles are growing
beginning of act III macbeth learns that ban quo will not be returning to the castle until after dark. why is this good news for him? it will be easier to have ban quo murdered under cover of darkness
why does macbeth decide to kill banquo the witches had predicted that banquos son would be king
how did macbeth convince the two murderers to kill banquo he guaranteed them that they would not be punished for the murder
what does she mean when macbeth looks unhappy and distracted? don’t look so gloomy be cheerful with your guests
why does macbeth begin to act so oddly at the banquet he sees the ghost of banquo
murderer reports to macbeth. what does he mean Fleance is not a danger to him now, but he will become one later
macbeth tells wife that macduff didn’t come. meaning they are not finished with their troubles
literary element represents the guilt of seeing ghost internal conflict
external conflict macbeth wants ban quo dead, so he hires murderers to hill him
act III, macbeth plans to visit the witches once more for what what troubles are still in store for him
how was macbeth changed between act I and III he no longer hesitates to use treachery to achieve his ends
purpose of act IV foreshadow the fall of macbeth
witches shout something wicked this way comes to macbeth even they know macbeth is evil
what kind of person is macduff’s son? shy and innocent
to what senses do these lines appeal? describes sight, taste and smell
what do the witches tell macbeth to do? fear macduff
imagery language that evokes sensory experiences
infer from the doctor’s treatment of lady macbeth about medicine’s practice doctors knew little about emotional distress
doctor says remove from her the means of all annoyance. why he fears lady macbeth will try to kill herself
macbeth has no patience for his servant. why he has grown brutal
why does lady macbeth kill herself she cannot bear her guilt
why does Malcolm tell his soldiers to cut down branches of trees to carry as they march so macbeth will not know how many men are in the army
when does macbeth first realise that he has been tricked by the prophecies of the witches? when he sees birnam wood moving toward him

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