Macbeth Act 4 Questions

What three things do the witches tell Macbeth? 1. Beware of Macduff2. No one born from a women will harm Macbeth3. Macbeth is safe until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill
How is the following quote foreshadowing?”By the pricking of my thumbs,Something wicked this way comes. Open locks, Whoever knocks” ? It’s foreshadowing Macbeth visiting them. The “Something wicked this way comes” is referring to what Macbeth will do and what he has done.
Which theme is present when Macbeth happens upon the three witches? Fate vs. Free will because the witches predicted that something evil would come their way and then Macbeth walked in.
How has Macbeth’s attitude towards the witches changed from their first meeting? In the first meeting he was suprised and happy about the news that the witches gave him and in the second meeting he’s bitter and demanding, ordering them to tell him everything he wants to know. After the witches leave, Macbeth is irritated at them and curses them.
What do you think is suggested by the armed head? I think the armed head suggests war or rebellion because of the warning to look out for Macduff.
Whom or what might the bloody child represent? If might represent how Macduff was born. He was born by c-section which “is not of woman born”. It gives something for Macbeth to worry about since he was told that he wouldn’t be harmed by someone of women born.
Why does Macbeth decide to kill Macduff’s family? He decides to kill Macduff’s family because he decided to make actions as soon as he has the thought. There is no rational behind his decision to kill Macduff’s family. He no longer has reason to kill, instead going on a kind of killing spree. This is the point where Macbeth truly goes insane.
Why does Lady Macduff tell her son that his father is dead, though the boy heard her discussion with Ross? Because she thinks that Macduff doesn’t love his family enough since he fled the house without them. Even though her son still has a dad, in her eyes his fear makes him unworthy to be a dad or husband.
How do you think Macduff’s son feels about his father? I think his son loves his dad and respects him even though Macduff fled leaving his family behind. “Why should I be afraid of them, mother? If I’m a pitiful bird, like you say, hunters won’t want me. No matter what you say, my father is not dead.” This quote from the son is referring to when his mom said his father was like a weak bird that should fight instead of flight. The son is saying that sometimes it’s good to appear weak so that you can trick the enemy and come back strong.
At the beginning of the scene, what are Malcolm and Macduff arguing about? They’re arguing about what makes a good king and if they would be good enough. They also argue about fighting against Macbeth.
List the themes that apply to this discussion between Macduff and Malcolm, and give an example of each one from the text. Ambition – they talk about what would make a good king and how malcolm fits to that description.Impulse vs. Desire – Macduff left his children and wife in order to flee scotland and potentialy defeat Macbeth. He was very passionate about his country and finding justice.
Explain the verbal irony when Ross tells Macduff that his children were “At peace when I did leave them”. When Ross tells Macduff that his children are fine, he knows that they were actually slaughtered. However, Ross refrains from telling Macduff this fact when he first saw him.
Analyze the effect of Macduff repeating the same questions. Macduff shows his immense worry and concern for his family and citizens of Scotland when he repeats the same general questions.
What is Macduff trying to convey to Malcolm after he discovers his family is dead? Macduff wonders how Macbeth was to perform such sinful acts in front of God. Macduff is passionate because of his grief and wants to exact revenge on Macbeth.
Discuss the internal conflict that Macduff is involved in. Macduff is loyal toward his country yet is in immense grief because of the death of his family and feels guilty that he was not there to protect them.

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