Macbeth Act 1

Opening – Witches Witches Enter in thunder and lightening – Plan on confronting Macbeth after battle • Close knit • Omniscient • Meddling • Creepy • Controlling • Scheming
Results of Fearless battle of Macbeth and Banquo Macduff and former thane of Cawdor and traitor of Scotland is defeated
Characterization of Macbeth after battle • Skillful Ruthless war machine o Line 22 (cuts open the villain) & Line 18 (bloody execution) o Killed Macdonwald • Persistent & Fearless o Lines 15-16 & Line 19 (Valor’s minion)• Determined & Confident o Distaining Fortune with brandish’d steel o Confidently standing there laughing at luck with his sword covered in fresh blood • Loyal o Killed Macdonwald who is a Traitor to King Duncan (King of Scotland) •Respected (Thought highly of by the King) o Given the title Thane of Cawdor (huge honor) by King
Characterization of King Duncan •Generous •Naïve – Been Betrayed many times o Macdonwald betrayed Duncan by bringing in Irish troops while the Scotts were already in a war with Norway Cawdor – turned to fight against Duncan •Easily excitable (0-2 in the trust department)Easily excited
“weird” Sisters •Weird – The principal power or agency by which events are pre-determined – aka fate or destiny •Have beards even though they are women
Type of fate revealed in Macbeth’s prophesies Dramatic Irony – when you know something that the characters don’t know • Macbeth does not understand how he can be the Thane of Cawdor since he believes that the Thane is alive and well o Cautious and stubborn “no your wrong attitude” – skeptical “tell me more” attitude
Type of fate revealed in Banquo’s prophesies Paradox – seemingly contradictory statement (Banquo’s fate) Equivocate – purposely unclear
Paradox seemingly contradictory statement (Banquo’s fate)
Equivocate purposely unclear
forshadowing of play Banquo’s warns to Macbeth the witches could be leading to Macbeths dam-nation to hell Macbeth wanting to kill King Duncan
What does Macbeth do with the information the witches reveal? He considers killing Duncan Macbeth does not think the predictions are bad because they are true since he became the king of Cawdor Temporarily puts aside his thoughts to kill Duncan
What does macbeth decisions regarding Duncan reveal He believes in fate and the works of the universe He is still loyal Portrays him as honorable
How do the prophecies change things? He is anticipating certain events to happen Lady Macbeth wouldn’t have killed Duncan Marital status issues do to his crazy wife finding out Malcolm in the way ones who know what’s going on besides the reader DRAMATIC IRONY Lady Macbeth, Macbeth and Banquo are the on
Exciting force Exciting Force – After the predictions
Why to people commit treason against a king The king and his choices may not be favorable
What does the relationship between Duncan and Banquo show Banquo will benefit from DuncanDuncan takes a keen interest in Banquo which will lead to something down the road possibly
Irony in the title of Thane of Cawdor Thane of Cawdor 1st wanted to kill Duncan Now Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor (2nd) wants to kill Duncan
Rising Action Malcolm was named prince of Cumberland; which means that Malcolm is next in line to be king
How does Macbeth’s attitude change towards being King after Duncan is announced heir Act 3 he feels that he should let fate take him where he should go “go with the flow” If it happens it happens Act 4 he feels he should either give up the king thing or go through with the action of killing Duncan • He understands what he’s thinking is wrong which makes it worse • He is not entirely loyal
Lady Macbeth personality (1.5) Evil Cunning Manipulative Dominant & controllingUnusual for women in this day and age Ambitious Violent Aggressive
How is Macbeth’s castle described? What is the significance of this description? – pleasant location surrounded by sweet smelling air- inviting place where summer birds settle and build their nests- Duncan comments that the castle is also appealing to his senses which is ironic considering that he is shortly going to be killed
Why is the castle described The description is ironic in that Duncan admires this beautiful castle yet he does not know that it will be where he is murdered
How is Lady Macbeth being deceptive praising Duncan in such a way that portrays her to have a level of respect for him when in reality she is plotting his death
Theme of Scene 6 fate by ambition
What does Macbeth think about in his soliloquy wrestles with wife’s plot to murderees trouble in the impact that the assassination would have on the kingdom and tarnishing Duncans good reputation the message it would send to children that violence is acceptable he is still loyal
what does Lady Macbeth believe constitutes manliness? courage, bravery, violence, selfishness & ambition
what does Macbeth believe is an important aspect of manliness? honor proper and humane
How does Lady Macbeth manipulate her husband into murdering Duncan criticizes his manliness questions his love for her calling him a coward
significance of the image of Lady Macbeth dashing the brains out of her child corrupt immoral determined ambitious
Why should Lady Macbeth only have sons? she is too fearless to create anything that is not masculineseems just for her to produce males due to her violent and manly qualities

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