macbeth act 1 study guide

what characters are introduced in scene 1 the three witches
how would you interpret the line “fair is foul, and foul is fair” things are not what they seem to be
what specific plan is mentioned to meet with macbeth after the battle is lost or won
what three men are leading troops into battle against duncan macdonwaldking of norway(sweno)thane of cawdor
who defeated and killed macdonwald macbeth
what is to be the thane of cawdor’s punishment for his traitorous activities he will be killed
who will receive his title macbeth
what revenge does the witch plan for the sailor whose wife wouldn’t share her chestnuts? he will not be able to sleep for 81 days, bad weather when they set sail, thirsty all the time
what do we learn about the witches’ power they can influence bad things like manipulate the weather, can’t kill
what predictions do the witches make macbeth they predict he will be the thane of cawdor, thane of glamis, then king later
why does macbeth react the way he does to the witches’ predictions he doesn’t believe it, scared, wants to know more
what predictions do the witches make for banquo he won’t be king, but he will be father of kings
what is the “horrid image” of which macbeth speaks he has thoughts of killing the king in order to be king
what further reward does macbeth hope to receive from duncan the throne
who is named to succeed duncan to the throne malcolm, oldest son of duncan
how does macbeth react to the announcement upset about malcolm getting the throne
where is duncan to spend the night inverness (macbeth’s castle)
what does the nature of the letter reveal about macbeth’s relationship with his wife they have a good relationship but she doesn’t want him to become ignorant of being a king or prideful
how does lady macbeth characterize her husband ambitious but doesn’t have the determination
why does lady macbeth call upon the spirits to “unsex” her to take away the woman emotions because they make her weak, make her a man
what warning does lady macbeth give to macbeth look innocent so that it doesn’t look like they are going to kill the king
what action takes place in scene 6 they want to find the thane of cawdor, duncan arrives at macbeth’s castle
how does lady macbeth greet duncan nice, welcomes him, thanks him for everything
In his soliloquy what reasons does Macbeth give for not wanting to kill Duncan? fears the consequences, he’s his kings-man & host, he’s innocent and a good king
what reason against the murder does macbeth give lady macbeth he doesn’t want to risk anything because he is the thane
what does lady macbeth imply about macbeth’s love for her if he is so quick to go back and forth about killing duncan, would he go back and forth about loving her
what finally causes macbeth to decide to commit the murder he will be able to blame it on duncan’s guards
what seems to be macbeth weakest character trait moral ambivalence
An ASIDE is a speech spoken by a character apart from other characters. It cannot be heard by the other characters on the stage. What do such speeches reveal? the characters inner thoughts to the audience but not to the characters

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