Macbeth Act I

What does the line “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” mean? The witches like the struggle between good and evil.
What 2 countries are involved in a war? Norway & Scotland
Who is Macdonwald? What happened to him? -Macdonwald is the leader of rebel forces.-He died during war with Macbeth.
Who is the Scottish traitor? The Thane of Cawdor
Who is given principle credit for Scotland’s victory? Macbeth
What relationship is the man given credit for Scotland’s victory to the king? They are Cousins.
Who is Norway’s king? Sweno
Whose execution does Duncan order? The Thane of Cawdor
Who will receive the Thane of Cawdor’s title? Macbeth
What 2 predictions do the ‘weird sisters’ make for Macbeth, Thane of Glamis? Thane of Cawdor, hereafter king
What prediction is given to Banquo? His sons to be king & him to not have a title like Macbeth will
Once Ross tells Macbeth he’s the new Thane of Cawdor, what does Banquo fear about the predictions made? That the prophecies are coming true and they’re not good.
Who does King Duncan name as his successor to the throne? Malcom
What new title is given to Duncan’s successor to his throne? Prince of Cumberland
How does Macbeth react to the news of who Duncan’s successor was named? He sees him as an obsticle that he needs to eliminate.
What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction to the news contained in the letter concerning the prediction that Macbeth will be king? She is going to encourage the murder’s that Macbeth will have to commit.
Why does Lady Macbeth feel her husband cannot fulfill his prophecy? She thinks that Macbeth is too kind to kill Duncan.
Characterize Lady Macbeth. -She is very diverse (has many different personalities)-She is pushy towards Macbeth.-She puts on “a show” for others to deceive them into thinking she is kind.
Why is it ironic that Duncan should say “this castle hath a pleasant seat?” Duncan is going to be murdered by Macbeth.
In scene 6, what different view of Lady Macbeth do we see? She is acting as a hostess to Duncan so he finds her to be on his side.
In his soliloquy, what 3 reasons does Macbeth give for not killing the king? 1. Duncan trusts him, he is his kinsman (family).2. Macbeth is Duncan’s host.3. Macbeth is Duncan’s subject.
What reason does Macbeth give his wife for not murdering Duncan? People love Duncan, he has honored Macbeth and made him to be seen as “golden.”
What is Lady Macbeth’s plot for Duncan’s murder? She wishes to give the guards alcohol to retrieve their daggers and set them up for the murder by using their own belongings.
Define Soliloquy. Character on stage by him or herself, speaking his/her innermost thoughts.
Define Aside. Actor directly addresses audience or another character, not heard by other acots on stage.
Define Blank Verse. Literature written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
What is the most common verse form in English? Iambic pentameter – a line that consists of 5 iambs.

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