Macbeth Act 1&2 Test

Act 1 Scene 1 -three witches meet in scotland-plan to meet again that njght at sunset when the fight ends-plan to meet MacBeth
Act 1 Scene 2 -Duncan and his sons hang out with their attendants at a military camp in Scotland-Duncan’s forces fight against King of Norway and the traitor Macdonwald-captain explains the battle and how well Macbeth fought and killed Macdonwald -Thane of Ross comes and brags about how well Macbeth fought at another battle-Norways king is not allowed to bury his men until he gives $10,000 to the Scots-Duncan announces that the Thane of Cawdor will be executed and Ross is sent to announce Macbeth as the new Thane,
Act 1 Scene 3 3 Witches tell Macbeth that he will be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King hereafter. Tell Banquo he will be the father of kings. Macbeth contemplates on killing Duncan. -Ross and Angus come to announce the news to Macbeth
Act 1 Scene 4 -Thane of Cawdor is dead and confessed to being a traitor -Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, and Angus then meet the King. The King is grateful; Macbeth and Banquo pledge their loyalty-The King announces that his son Malcolm will be named Prince of Cumberland, which is the last stop before being King of Scotland.-Macbeth continues to have dark thoughts
Act 1 Scene 5 -Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth, telling her of the witches’ prophecy.-Lady Macbeth says she’s worried her husband’s not up for killing the current king in order to fulfill the witches’ prophecy. -When a messenger enters and announces that King Duncan will stay the night at Inverness as a guest of the Macbeths, Lady Macbeth tells us it’ll be King Duncan’s last night on earth.-Lady tells Macbeth the plan
Act 1 Scene 6 -Duncan, his sons, Banquo, and a bevy of noblemen arrive at Glamis Castle (Inverness), and complimenting the Lady Macbeth, -Lady Macbeth is pretty charming here-Lady Macbeth finally takes the king to see her husband.
Act 1 Scene 7 -Macbeth sits alone, contemplating the murder of King Duncan. He worries about the consequences -murdering Duncan in Macbeth’s own home would be a serious violation of hospitality. He’s supposed to protect the king, not murder him. Plus, Duncan is a pretty good king -In then end, Macbeth decides that it’s probably not a good idea to commit murder. He has no justifiable cause to kill the king and he admits that he’s merely ambitious.-Then Lady questions his manhood, and lays out the plan to get Duncan’s guards drunk and frame them for the murder.-If Macbeth can’t keep his vow, she says, then he isn’t a man.-Macbeth finally resolves to go through with the murder.
Act 2 Scene 1 -Banquo and his son, Fleance, are at Macbeth’s inner court at Glamis. They’re both feeling a little twitchy.-Macbeth has a vision of a dagger that points him toward the room where Duncan sleeps. The dagger turns bloody and Macbeth says the bloody image is a natural result of his bloody thoughts.-A bell rings, which is Lady Macbeth’s signal that it’s time to rock and roll.
Act 2 Scene 2 -Lady tells us that she drugged the King’s guards and would’ve even killed Duncan herself, if he hadn’t looked so much like her father in his sleep. -Macbeth enters with bloody hands and a weird story: two separate people staying in the castle woke up while he was in the act. One cried, “Murder!” but they both went back to sleep after saying their prayers.-Macbeth is disturbed that he couldn’t say “Amen” when they said, “God bless us.” He could have used the blessing, given how he recently damned his soul by killing the King-Lady says “If you don’t think about, it will go away” -Lady Macbeth tries to get her husband to focus on the matter at hand, which is framing the King’s attendants.-He won’t do it himself, so she takes the daggers from him, smears the attendants with Duncan’s blood, and plants the weapons. -She hears a knock at the door, and hurries Macbeth to bed so that (1) they don’t look suspicious, and (2) they can do a little washing up -Macbeth regrets killing Duncan
Act 2 Scene 3 -There’s a ton of knocking and the Porter jokes about what it would be like to be a porter of “hellgate.”-It’s Macduff and Lennox, who have come to fetch the king.-Enter Macbeth, the picture of sleepy innocence while he makes small talk with Lennox and sends Macduff to wake Duncan.-Lennox notes that some spooky things have been happening all night, Macbeth agrees-Macduff finds DuncanMacduff tells Macbeth and Lennox to go see Duncan’s body for themselves. Says the scene is like looking at a Gorgon. -Lennox thinks that the drunken guards covered in the King’s blood and holding their daggers are a good bet.-Macbeth announces that he killed both of the guards in a fit of pious rage, out of his love for the King.-Lady Macbeth, faint in response to her husband’s stupidity. -Donalbain and Malcolm privately decide that they probably shouldn’t stay in the house where their dad was killed.
Act 2 Scene 4 -Ross chats with a wise old man, who is disturbed by the night’s strange events—both the King’s murder and the weird things going on in nature.-Ross says the heavens are clearly troubled by the unnatural regicide: even though it’s the middle of the day, it’s completely dark outside; an owl murdered a hawk; Duncan’s horses ate each other. Macduff says the dead guards “were bribed” to murder the king; that Malcolm and Donalbain look pretty suspicious-Macbeth is on his way to Scone to be crowned King; and that Duncan is being put in a freshly dug grave.
What do the witches represent Fate
Interpolation second hand description of person or events
Interpolation in Scene 2 Captain describes battle
Who is involved in the battle? Scotland (King Duncan) vs. Rebels(Irish mercenaries, Scottish leaders, macdonwald, king of Norway)-Scotland wins
“Go pronounce his present death, and with his former title greet Macbeth.” Said by Duncan to Thane-Macbeth saved the Kingdom, so Duncan will show his gratitude by naming him Thane of Cawdor
blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
What did captain describe in Scene 2 Described Macbeth and Banquo fighting to defend the king
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair” means things are not what they seem, said by Macbeth when he sees the witches, iambic pentameter
Macbeth kills ____ first by ____, and ____ Macdonwald, decapitation, left his head on battle field
Why did the Irish mercenaries stop fighting? They realized they wouldn’t be paid if Macdonwald was dead so they “trusted their heels”
“Dismayed not this our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?” Duncan asks captain if the newest attack scared Macbeth and banquo, Captain says it did not
How do the witches speak? Trochaic triameter
Banquos description of the witches: -They should be women but they look like men (deceit, contradiction)-“look unworldly, but they are on the earth”(ambiguity)
Macbeth’ father Sinel, first Thane of glamis
“Seeds of time” Said by banquo – nature of prophecy, the future
The witches greet Macbeth by three titles. What are the three GLAMS, CAWDOR, AND KING
Witches greet banquo -his children will be kings but he won’t-lesser than Macbeth and greater-not so happy, yet much happier (Contradiction)
Why is the Thane of Cawdor executed? For treason, he is a rebel”Go pronounce his former death, and with his title greet Macbeth”-Duncan
Whence from where
“He bade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor” Declared by RossHe=DuncanThee=Macbeth
“What, can the devil speak true?” Banquo’s reaction when it turns out that Macbeth has been named Thane of Cawdor, as the witches predicted.
Metonymy substituting the name of one object for another object closely associated with itEx. Crown = King
“Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” Macbeth to Ross -meaning the title of Cawdor
How is treason punished? Capital = death
Stage direction of (step aside) meaning No one else on stage hears besides speaker/who they are speaking to
“The instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray’s in deepest consequence” Banquo warns Macbeth early on about the witches; his advice reflects the theme of deception.
Soliloquy speech to oneself, on stage alone
Soliloquy vs. Monologue All soliloquies are monologues (more than 1 person on stage)Not all monologues are soliloquies
“And nothing is but what is not” Theme of illusion vs reality by Macbeth, paradox
“Your eye, hand, mouth” Synecdoche by Lady
Synecdoche a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa
“This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses.” Duncan; Dramatic Irony
Contrast of Macbeth with Raven By Lady
Reasons Macbeth gives for NOT killing Duncan 1. Consequences 2. Duncan is a good man and king3. He is Duncan’s kinsman4. He is Duncan’s host = sacred trust5. He should just enjoy Thane
How does Lady change Macbeths mind about killing Duncan? She questions his manhood and asks if he is a coward
Lady’s plan to kill Duncan 1. Make Duncan fall asleep by getting him drunk2. Get Duncan’s guards drunk and asleep (swinish sleep)3. Frame guards by killing Duncan with their daggers4. Put Duncan’s blood on the guards5. Macbeth and her pretend to be sad
Macbeth is… (referring to battle) Leader of kings army, helped by Banquo
Tetra-pentameter Witches speech
Who is unified in Scene 3? Witches, Macbeth, Banquo
How is Banquos future described…. according to witches? -contradiction-ambiguous -equivocal
unequivocal absolute; certain
Banquo is skeptical of the witches prediction until… Macbeth is Thane of Cawdor
“Devil speak true” Banquo, metonymy
“Borrowed robes” This is ironic as Macbeth becomes the new Thane of Cawdor and also betrays the king. This metaphor suggests that Macbeth is taking on a role that does not belong to him .
“There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face” Duncan to Malcolm, didactic (informative truth about life)
What does Duncan announce about Malcolm? He will be the immediate successor
“Stars hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires” Ambition to be king by Macbeth, apostrophe
Apostrophe address to an absent or imaginary person
“Milk of human kindness” a metaphor used by lady Macbeth, lack of cruelness in Macbeth
“Golden round” The king’s crown, metonymy, said by Lady
“O, never shall sun that morrow see!” This quote is said by Lady Macbeth and she is meaning that King Duncan shouldn’t see the sun of tomorrow. Ecphonesis
Ecphonesis exclamation expressing emotion
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know” (Macbeth to Lady Macbeth) Macbeth admits his heart has failed and now he will go because of the guilt that will follow. Synecdoche
Fleance Son of Banquo, suggests prophecy could be true, introduced in Act 2
Banquo talks to Macbeth about his dreams about the witches… Macbeth lies and says he doesn’t think about them
“Fatal vision” Said by Macbeth, pause before he commits regicide, ambiguity
Macbeth’s Motivation to kill Duncan Ambition, wife, witches prophecy
“And wash this filthy witness from your hand. – why did you bring these daggers from the place?” Lady Macbeth to Macbeth, about the blood
Hechatee Supernatural leader of the witches
“Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell.” (Macbeth to self/bell ringing) Macbeth does not want Duncan to hear the bell and wake up for he is about to kill him. Couplet
“That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold.” Lady Macbeth, them = guards -wants to kill Duncan herself
“I laid their daggers ready -/ He could not miss ’em. Had he not resembled/ My father as he slept, I had done’t.” Lady Macbeth Their= guardsHe= Macbeth He= Duncan
“I had done the deed” Macbeth to Lady, referring to death of Duncan Alliteration
Bottom of 55 is short phrases, words, and questions between lady and Macbeth. What does this suggest? Fear, stress, paranoid
“This is a sorry sight.” Macbeth is referring to blood on his hands almost right after he kills Duncan. He’s talking to Lady Macbeth.
Degree of guilt, Macbeth Vs. Lady -he is guilty, lacks sleep-she is dismissive, not as guilty
bloody business Referring to dagger
“The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures” Lady Macbeth to Macbeth, after Duncan’s murder, simile
Who is knocking on the gate? Macduff and Lennox
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” (Macbeth to Lady Macbeth) Macbeth feels like nothing in the world could ever rid him of the guilt of killing Duncan. Hyperbole
Hyperbole exaggeration
“A little water clears us of this deed.” Lady Macbeth to Macbeth – she now has blood on her hands too This is ironic for three reasons. -contrast with Macbeths allusion to Neptune
What is the challenge for Macbeth after he kill Duncan? He must act surprised and sad
Significance of Porter -dramatic irony, comic relief -rambling paragraph, blank verse
“Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key” porter
What does Lennox talk about the next morning? The night and the turbulence in natural world, relates to murder of King
“Yes it was a rough night” Understatement by Macbeth to Lennox
“The night has been unruly: where we lay,Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,Lamentings heard i’ the air; strange screams of death,And prophesying with accents terribleOf dire combustion and confused eventsNew hatch’d to the woeful time: the obscure birdClamour’d the livelong night: some say, the earthWas feverous and did shake.” Lennox
“Approach the chamber and destroy your sight with a new gorgon” Macduff, allusion of “gorgon ” to Medusa
When Lennox and Macbeth exit, where does Macbeth go? To proclaim his grief and loyalty, admits to killing the guards (not part of plan)
“Alleged murderers” Referring to Guards
Wherefore why
Who finds Duncan’s body? Macduff
“What, in our house?” Lady Macbeth reaction about Duncan, concerned about where, not who. Begins to crack
Malcolm is the prince of Prince of Cumberland
What happens to lady when she hears what he husband confessed to? Faints
Where do Donalbain and Malcolm decide to go? Ireland, England
“It is easy to act sorrowful if you are a false man” Malcolm
Why do Duncans sons decide to leave Scotland? For fear of getting killed because they are the next succesors to the throne
“There’s daggers in men’s smiles; the near blood, the nearer bloody.” (Donalbain to Malcolm) Donalbain says the closer they are, the more horrible foes they can become.
What does Old man, Ross, and Macduff discuss? What happened and all the strange things
Garments and robes = Titles
What happens to Macbeth and the end of Act 2? He is king because Malcom fled and is suspected for the murder
“The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.” Ross says Macbeth will be named king
iambic pentameter a poetic meter that is made up of 5 stressed syllables each followed by an unstressed syllable
Trochaic a stressed followed by an unstressed syllable
Trimeter 3 feet per line
Tetrameter 4 feet per line
Pentameter Line a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet
Hexameter a line containing six feet
Aside a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
Apostrophe address to an absent or imaginary person
Ecphonesis exclamation expressing emotion
Monologue A long speech made by one performer or by one person in a group.
soliliquy a speech where character is alone on stage and is speaking their thoughts outloud
Metonymy A figure of speech in which something is referred to by using the name of something that is associated with it
Synecdoche a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa
figurative language Writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.
literal language A form of language in which writers and speakers mean exactly what their words denote.
ambivalence mixed feelings or emotions
Ambiguity uncertainty or inexactness of meaning in language
Equivocation intentionally use vague language
didactic instructive
pedantic tending to show off one’s learning
iambic foot unstressed, stressed
Duncan’s sons Malcolm and Donalbain
Seyton Macbeth’s servant
Thane of lochaber Banquo
Macduff Thane of Fife
Lennox Nobleman, loyal to Duncan
Ross Macbeth’s cousin. Scottish nobleman
Fleance is who’s son? Escapes what? Banquos, the ambush sent by Macbeth

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