Macbeth Act 4 Study Guide

A major purpose of Act IV of The Tragedy of Macbeth is to foreshadow events related to what? Macbeth’s downfall
In Act IV of The Tragedy of Macbeth when the witch says, “Something wicked this way comes,” you can know what? Even the witches consider Macbeth evil
After visiting the witches in Act IV of The Tragedy of Macbeth, why does Macbeth initially change his mind and decide not to have Macduff killed? He knows Macduff fled to England
What best describes how Shakespeare portrays Macduffs son in Act IV of The Tragedy of Macbeth? Questioning and courageous
In The Tragedy of Macbeth Act IV, Scene iii, what finally convinces Malcolm that Macduff is loyal? Macduffs noble despair for his country
What line(s) spoken by Malcolm in Act IV of The Tragedy of Macbeth best conveys how he really feels about Scotland? “… It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash / Is added to her wounds”
The end of act 4 foreshadows a conflict between whom? Macbeth and Macduff
In Elizabethan theatre, what was especially important because there was no elaborate special effects, lighting, or sets Imagery
In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act IV, Macbeth visits the witches because he thinks what? Their evil doings can help him maintain his power
What is imagery Language that writers use to recreate sensory experiences
What senses do the following lines from Act IV, Scene iii of The Tragedy of Macbeth appeal to? This avarice / Sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root / Than summer-seeming lust, and it hath been / The sword of our slain kings. Sight and touch
What sense does the following quotation from The Tragedy of Macbeth appeal to? The tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues. / Was once thought honest. Touch
One of the images that runs throughout The Tragedy of Macbeth’s that of what? Blood
What of your senses does the following quote from The Tragedy of Macbeth appeal to? Nay, had I pow’r, I should / Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell, / Uproar the universal peace, confound / All unity on earth. Taste, touch, and hearing
In the witches chant in The Tragedy of Macbeth Act IV, Scene i, lines 1-38 what do all the images has in common? They are vivid and unpleasant
Who or what is the “something wicked” that the second witch hears coming in The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act IV, Scene i, line 45 Macbeth
What phrase best describes the impression we get of Macduffs son before he is murdered? Charming, naive, and affectionate
What method does Malcolm initially use to test Macduffs loyalty, and why is he so suspicious of Macduff? He claims to be worse than Macbeth and uninterested in helping free Scotland from Macbeth’s tyranny. He does so because he is in fact plotting against Macbeth and does not initially trust Macduff, since Macbeth has sent others to spy on him and he thinks Macduff may actually be such a spy
What recurring image in The Tragedy of Macbeth Act IV is associated with Lady Macduff and her son? Birds
In the The Tragedy of Macbeth Act IV what adjective would Macbeth and Malcolm be most likely to use to describe Macbeth’s rule on Scotland Pernicious
pernicious Fatal, deadly
Judicious sensible; showing good judgement
Sundry Various; miscellaneous
Intemperance Lack of restraint
Avaraice Greed
credulous tending to believe too readily; gullible
As Macbeth becomes more and more evil, how do His series of murders reflect his condition (Duncan, Banquo, and Macduffs family) In having Macduff’s family murdered in act 4, Macbeth for the first time commits a crime against completely innocent and defenseless people whose lives have little impact on his political power. This makes it an even more vicious crime than his previous murders.
What are the three apparitions and what do they mean? 1. Armed head = symbol of Macduff2. Bloody child = macduff at birth3. Child crowned with tree in hand = symbol of Malcom
How many generations of kings does Macbeth see in Banquos family line? 8, but many more appear in the mirror

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