Macbeth Act 5

What’s wrong with Lady Macbeth? How does the Doctor term her ailment and why can’t he cure her? She has been sleepwalking because of her guilt. The doctor can’t cure her because he has never seen anything like this, he believes that she has an inner problem that was caused by an evil deed and she needs God more than a doctor.
Who does Lady Macbeth pray to in the beginning? The witches/dark spirits
What is the “spot” that Lady Macbeth refers to? What are these references? The blood from Duncan’s murder.”Out, damned spot, out, I say!” (5.1.37)”Wash your hands” (5.1.65).”Here’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” (5.1.53-55).”What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed” (5.1.71-2).
Lady Macbeth’s change in character from beginning to end In the beginning, Lady Macbeth is a fearless/evil woman.In the end, Shakespeare creates the audience to feel sympathetic for Lady Macbeth, as her husband’s “murdering of sleep” has effected her as it did him and leads to her demise.
Opening setting and what’s happening in act 5 scene 3 In Macbeth’s castle, Macbeth’s servants warn him of an army of men coming and gets mad bc he believes the witches’ prophecy. The doctor tells Macbeth of his wife’s condition, he gets mad and tells him to find a cure.Macbeth prepares for battle.
Who is “them” that Macbeth refers to? The disloyal thanes coming to attack him
What words are used to describe Macbeth at this point? “Tyrant.””His title hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe/Upon a dwarfish thief.””His pestered senses.”Fallen and shriveled “yellow leaf”
Shakespearean curses in this scene “The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!””Go prick thy face and over-red they fear/Thou lily-livered boy”
Macbeth’s new loyal servant and what does he tell Macbeth Seyton, who tells Macbeth of Lady Macbeth’s death
What does Macbeth reveal about his basic insecurity? Macbeth fears that he is becoming old and his age may affect his performance in battle.
Act 5 Scene 5
What does Macbeth say about Lady Macbeth’s death? Macbeth is not surprised and he does not question how Lady Macbeth died. He responds by saying how short life is and how we are not in control.
The monologue Macbeth gives when he learns of Lady Macbeth’s death is very famous. Why do you think this quotation (5.5.27-31) is so famous? That quote is so famous because Macbeth talks about a poor actor who worries before he goes on stage and after he is never heard from again. Like many of the main characters in his plays they think that life has no meaning.
What news does the messenger bring Macbeth? Why doesn’t Macbeth believe the news? The messenger tells Macbeth that when he looked towards Birnam, he saw that the forest began to move. Macbeth fails to believe the accuracy of the news because he is afraid that the third apparition of how he will not be defeated until Great Birnam Wood comes will come true.
Act 5 Scene 7
Young Siward foolishly challenges Macbeth in combat. Why is this a very poor decision? Macbeth slayed Macdonwald because he is a great fighter. Since Young Siward is an inexperienced fighter, it’s foolish for him to challenge one of the best fighters.
Although Birnam Wood is coming to Dunsinane Hill, what prophecy does Macbeth still cling to? Macbeth still believes in the second apparition, which stated that Macbeth cannot be killed by anyone born of woman. Macbeth believes that he is practically invincible because biology and nature say that everyone is born from woman.
Why is it important to Macduff that he personally kill Macbeth? Macduff wants to get revenge because he killed his family.
Act 5 Scene 8
Macduff, who is also rather good in battle, doesn’t initially frighten Macbeth. What makes Macbeth so confident? He takes all the things that the witches say seriously, which they are not meant to be. He thinks that he cannot be killed.
In the play’s ultimate twist, what news does Macduff reveal to Macbeth just prior to their seminal battle? What is Macbeth’s reaction? Macduff was born from a C-section, so he was technically not born from a woman. Macbeth becomes frightened and knows that he is about to die.
Why does Macbeth resolve to keep fighting? Macbeth wants to die bravely on the battle field rather than anywhere else.
How does Macduff reveal Macbeth’s doom? He drags Macbeth’s dead body off of the stage and then enters again with only Macbeth’s head.
Final insults to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth “Then yield thee, coward””Cruel Ministers” “Dead butcher” “Fiendlike queen”
The moment that Macbeth knew it was over When he went outside for combat he knew that it was over because he could’ve just stayed in the castle

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