Macbeth Act IV

One of the images that runs throughout The Tragedy of Macbeth is that of Blood
In Act IV of The Tragedy of Macbeth,when Macduff’s mother asks him how he is going to manage now that his father is dead, Macduff’s son remarks, “as birds do, mother.” Based on this remark, which of the following best illustrates the impression we get of Macduff’s son before he is murdered? charming, naive, and affectionate
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 has fled to England.
What makes Malcolm suspicious of Macduff in scene iii? He thinks Macduff might be working for Macbeth.He notes that Macduff is still alive, so he might be a friend of Macbeth.
When trying to test Macduff, what kind of king does Malcolm say he will be, compared to Macbeth? He will be a much worse king than Macbeth.
How does Macduff react when Malcolm asks him whether he should be king even though he has no redeeming qualities? He says Malcolm should never be king and shouldn’t even be allowed to live.
What news does Ross bring Macduff at the end of scene iii? He says Macduff’s family and servants have been murdered.
When he finds out the news from Ross (see previous question), whom does Macduff blame most for what happened? Himself (Macduff)
What does Macduff resolve to do at the end of Act IV scene iii? He will use his grief to help England win the battle, and he will kill Macbeth himself.
What is the significance of the line “Double, double, toil and trouble” in Act IV scene i? It implies that Macbeth’s troubles will multiply after he meets with the witches.
In Act IV scene i, how is Hecate’s reaction to the witches’ potion different from her earlier reaction to the witches telling Macbeth the original prophecies? Earlier she was upset with the witches but now she congratulates them.
What does the first apparition tell Macbeth? To beware Macduff.
The three apparitions together make Macbeth feel more _________________. confident
After he receives the three prophecies from the apparitions, Macbeth sees a vision that involves Banquo and a line of other people with crowns. The last person holds a mirror that reflects another line of people. What do these images represent? They show that Banquo will have a very long line of descendants who will be kings.
What does Lennox tell Macbeth at the end of Act IV scene i that makes him angry and leads him to order the murders of Lady Macduff and her children? Macduff has gone to England to help Malcolm win the crown from Macbeth.
According to Lady Macduff in scene ii, in what manner did Macduff leave the castle? He was in a rush.
What does Ross try to do to help ease Lady Macduff’s anxiety about her husband? He hints that Macduff is not a traitor and is on the right side of the conflict.
How does Lady Macduff define a traitor? She says a traitor is someone who takes an oath and breaks it.
Who said “Beware Macduff”? 1st Apparition
Who said “none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”? 2nd Apparition
Who said “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinance Hill shall come against him”? Third Apparition
How does Macbeth feel when he hears “none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”? reassured but decides to kill Macduff anyway.
What effect is created by placing the scene between Lady Macduff and her son immediately before the murders? It increases the audience’s horror at their murders.
True or False–Macduff has acted on Hecate’s warning to beware Lady Macduff and her children. False
Macduff’s comment “Each new morn new widows howl, new orphans cry . . .” shows irony, hyperbole, or flashback. irony because he doesn’t know he is a widower
Who is referred to by the line “something wicked this way comes”? Macbeth
True or False–The murder of Lady Macduff and her son emphasizes how ruthless Macbeth has become. True
True or False–Macduff’s leaving his castle and fleeing Scotland result in his family being unprotected when Macbeth’s henchmen arrive. True
The end of Act IV foreshadows an important conflict between ____________ and _________________. Macbeth and Macduff
True or False–Macduff’s son escapes from the murderers. False
True or False–The English king refuses to provide military assistance. False
True or False–Malcolm has already planned to return to Scotland before Macduff asks him to. True
True or False–Macduff is unconcerned when he hears the news of his family’s murders. False
Who said, “His flight was madness. When our actions do not, our fears do make us traitors”? Lady Macduff
Who said, “Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn, and caudron bubble”? the witches
Who said, “What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop”? Macduff
In this quote Macbeth shows tragic flaw of___________. “That will never be Who can impress the forest, bid the tree Unfix his earth-bound root? Sweet bodements! good! Rebellion’s head, rise never till the wood 1665Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath To time and mortal custom. Yet my heart Throbs to know one thing: tell me, if your art Can tell so much: shall Banquo’s issue ever 1670Reign in this kingdom? (IV.i.94-100) overconfidence
The son of Macduff says: “Then the liars and swearers are fools, for there are liars and swearers enow to beat the honest men and hang up them.” (IV.ii.54-55)How is this ironic? Macbeth already sent people to kill this “honest” child.
First Murderer. “Where is your husband?”Lady Macduff.” I hope, in no place so unsanctified*Where such as thou mayst find him”.(VI.ii.77-78*unsanctified- unholyWhich sentence best paraphrases Lady Macduff’s insult? The only place this murderer can go is an unholy one.

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