Macbeth Act 1

How does the play Macbeth open up in the first scene? What tone/mood/atmosphere is created? It opens up on a battlefield with thunder and lightning, it creates a dark, loud and fierce setting.
The last line “Fair is foul and, foul is fair” appears paradoxical. What do you think the witches mean? It could mean appearance vs reality as Macbeth is shown as ‘fair’ but in reality he was foul.
What does the Captain report about the battle to King Duncan? The battle could go either way and that Macbeth is very brave during the battle.
What title is given to Macbeth for bravery in battle? MacBeth is given the title thane of Cawdor
Although Macbeth does not appear in this scene, the audience learns a great deal about him. What impressions does the audience get? Why is this impression an important aspect in the building of a tragic character? The audience get impressions that he is a very brave and loyal character. Because he is shown as a hero but then he does one thing wrong that leads to his demise.
Choose two metaphors used in this scene and explain the comparisons. ‘As cannons overcharged with double cracks’ it means that they were doubly as murderous as the other soldiers. ‘As two spent swimmers that do cling together’ means that the battle could go to either side.
How do the witches greet Macbeth after the battle? How do Macbeth and Banquo react? They say all hail macbeth and give them his predictions. Macbeth seems shocked and Banquo is curious about his predictions
By the end of the scene, Macbeth decides not to kill King Duncan. What does this emphasize about Macbeth’s character? Why is this important to establish early in the play? That he is loyal to his king. because he will be persuaded to do it later
Dramatic irony, when used effectively, can serve to reveal character. Provide examples of dramatic irony in this scene. What is revealed about character through the use of this device? It is dramatic irony when Duncan says Macbeth is loyal when he was asking himself if he should commit treason.
Duncan appears to be a kind and generous King; however, he can be seen as having at least one major shortcoming. What is it? Provide evidence to support your point. Duncan’s flaw is the fact he only sees the good in people and not any bad he praises macbeth as ‘brave’ while macbeth asks if it is right to commit treason.
What imagery does King Duncan use when he is praising Macbeth and Banquo? He praises them and describes them as like a plant. ‘I have begun to plant thee and will continue to labour’
The opening dialogue between King Duncan and Banquo depends on dramatic irony for its full effect. Why? King Duncan and Banquo are talking about Lady Macbeth and about how lovely she is even though she is the one who wants to commit treason.
Why is it appropriate that Lady Macbeth’s response to Duncan be lavish and humble? What imagery is used? She told him that if he ever asks for anything he will always get it.
In the opening soliloquy, Macbeth offers numerous reasons why it would be wrong to kill King Duncan. Paraphrase this speech into your own words. Because e is his host he shouldn’t kill Duncan because he should protect him from murder. He serves him and shouldn’t kill him because of that.
Lady Macbeth uses powerful language in her attempt to deal with Macbeth’s wavering. How does Lady Macbeth persuade her husband to go through with the plan? He tells him that he isn’t manly enough and that he could only be a man if he killed Duncan
What does this scene reinforce about Lady Macbeth’s character? That she can easily persuade macbeth into doing what she wants him to do
How do the last few lines of this scene echo the last words used in I, i? because it is a paradox because they are not their weapons but they’re making them out to be like they are.

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