Macbeth Act I Scenes 1 & 2

Explain “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” What is good to other people is foul and evil to the witches.
What is the ironic significance of “Fair is foul…?” Macbeth appears fair outwardly, but is foul at heart.
What information is given in the introduction? Background info on Shakespeare & Macbeth. Rise & fall of powerful but flawed man. From Holinshed’s Chronicles. Othello, Hamlet, and King Lear also written to honor King James.
What description of the battle does the captain give to Duncan? Shows gravity of situation.Macbeth wins one battle only to be faced by another foe…The Norwegian invaders.
Explain the characteristics that the reader is shown about the king. Duncan’s weakness is revealed.Duncan is not much of a leader.Duncan is mild mannered, benevolent.Duncan shows little spirit in ordering death of Cawdor.
What anachronism is found in Scene 2? Use of steel, talk of currency and the cannon.
What punishment is pronounced upon the Thane of Cawdor? Execution.
What reward is bestowed upon Macbeth? Receives title of Thane of Cawdor.

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