Macbeth Act 5

“Out, damned spot! out, I say!” -Lady Macbeth- to herself- Lady Macbeth is trying to wash away blood and real guilt. Indication of her mental state
“…my way of life/Is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf;/And that which should accompany old age,/As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,/I must not look to have; but, in their stead,/Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath,/Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.” -Macbeth-to himself-Macbeth gav up love, honor, and friends when he killed to become king. Now he only has curses and no respect
“Out, out, brief candle!/Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player/That struts and frets his hour upon the stage/And then is heard no more; it is a tale/Told by an idiot, bull of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing.” -Macbeth-to Seyton-Macbeth realizes how short life is, and how meaningless his life is.
Scene 1
What does her sleepwalking reveal about Lady Macbeth’s conscience? She is guilty and regrets what they have done.
How is her hand-washing symbolic? She’s trying to wash away imaginary blood and real guilt.
Scene 2
Where are the noblemen to meet Malcolm? Near Birnam wood
What is reported about Macbeth? He is fortifying the castle and some say he has gone crazy.
Scene 3
Why does Macbeth claim to feel no fear? Because the forest has not started to move up the hill (he still trust the witches prophecy)
How does Macbeth indicate what he really feels? He says he is sick at heart
Scene 4
Where does this scene take place? Near Birnam Wood
What are Malcolm’s instructions to his soldier? Why does he have them do this? attach limbs to their armor to use as camouflage. They are camouflaging their numbers
According to Malcolm, what is the quality of Macbeth’s troops? They are fighting out of fear and habit, they aren’t serving Macbeth out of loyalty.
Scene 5
What news does Seyton give Macbeth? Lady Macbeth is dead
What do lines 24-28 mean? Macbeth said that life is brief and meaningless.
Of what does the messenger inform Macbeth? That there is Birnam wood coming up the hill.
Scene 6
What is accomplished in this scene? Siward, Malcolm, and Macduff made their final battle plans and divided the troops.
Scene 7
How does Macbeth feel in lines 1-4? He’s trapped and cornered
Who is slain by Macbeth? Young Siward
What has happened to some of Macbeth’s men? They switched sides
Scene 8
What does Macduff tell Macbeth about his birth? His mother did not birth him naturally. He was ripped from his mothers womb.
Who kills Macbeth? Macduff
Who will be King of Scotland? Malcolm
Thinking about the play
What was the fatal flaw that resulted in Macbeth’s downfall? Too much ambition
As Macbeth becomes increasingly obsessed with protecting his position, he also becomes more and more isolated and alienated. How is that demonstrated in his relationship with his wife? She eventually has to send for him when she wants to talk to him. Macbeth leaves her out of his affairs. And when she dies, he has very little to say except he can’t deal with it at that time.
What does Malcolm say he will accomplish? (4) 1) REWARD THOSE LOYAL TO SCOTLAND 2) GET THE EXILES HOME3) KICK OUT MACBETH’S CRUEL MINISTERS 4) DO WHATEVER ELSE IT TOOK TO MAKE SCOTLAND GREAT AGAIN
Why was the doctor in the castle for those few days the gentle women asked him to come to see lady macbeth sleep walking because she didn’t want to get killed for treason

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