Macbeth Act One

What is the point of the first scene literally and in reference to the whole play? The witches setting the whole tone of the play
What does Duncan call Macbeth when he hears Macbeth has defeated Macdonwald? Valiant cousin. worthy gentleman. The irony is that the man saying this is the guy whose going to kill Macbeth
Who is sentenced to death? The Thane of Cawdor
What do the witches predict in act one scene 3 for Macbeth? for Banquo? Macbeth will be kingThat Banquo will father many kings
What news does Ross bring to Macbeth? the news that the title of the Thane of Cawdor will soon be to him
Banquo, like Macbeth, is surprised that the witches have predicted Macbeth’s new title. He is, however, leery. What does he say about the motives of the “instruments of darkness”? it shows that the witches prediction is coming true
Malcolm describes Cawdor’s last moments before execution. What is Duncan’s reply? “Theres no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. He was a gentlemen of whom I built an absolute trust!” you will never now whats in peoples hearts just by looking at someones face
Macbeth says, “Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires.” What are Macbeth’s desires? to become king and he will do whatever it takes to achieve this desire
After Lady Macbeth reads the letter, what does she tell us in her opinion of Macbeth, and how does she plan to help him? She doesn’t think Macbeth will do the deed, so she must focus on convincing him to kill Duncan in order to get closer to become King and Make her Queen
What is Lady Macbeth’s “prayer” to the spirits after she learns Duncan is coming? She want to be filled with the cruelty, given a hard heart and the thick blood necessary to do what has to be done in order to make Macbeth King.
What advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth when he arrive home? She tells him he must look innocent even when his heart is full of evil. Hide his real feelings
What are Macbeth’s arguments to himself against killing Duncan? he is setting it up an idea that subjects can kill the king to obtain kingmanship. Duncan was a good king and did not have any evil in his heart, he did not deserved to be killed
What arguments does Lady Macbeth use to convince Macbeth to commit murder? She says that he shall not be a coward, saying he could be king, she also states that she would kill her own baby for a promise
What is Lady Macbeth’s plan? She will drug kings grooms (guards) using their drinks. Macbeth will than murder King Duncan in his sleep. They will than plant weapons on the guards making it look like they turned against him and that they are guilty

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