Macbeth Act One -Comprehension Check

When, where and with whom do the witches plan to meet next? The Witches plan to meet Macbeth on the heath and prophesize his fate. Their intentions are to cause harm.when- after the battlewhere- on a heath in the fieldwith- macbeth
who does the captain say is “brave”? what did this brave man to do deserve the title? The sergeant because he kept Malcolm safe.
Who was Macbeth fighting against? Macdonwald
From where has Ross come? What news does he bring? Fife; he brings news that the Thane of Cawdor tried to go against Duncan by joining forces with Norway. but Scotland won
What did Ross say Scotland demanded from the King of Norway? $10,000; promised to bury the men in return
Who gains the title of Thane of Cawdor? Macbeth
Summarize the story the first witch tells. What do the witches plan in revenge? 1st witch- Fat woman was eating chestnuts and would not give her any so the witch put a spell on the woman’s husband. In revenge, the witch creates a storm while the husband was at sea
Why is Banquo confused by the witches when he first sees them? The witches don’t look like inhabitants of the earth and yet they are on it and they have beards but they are women
When the witches first speak to Macbeth and Banquo, what do they say? all hail- Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, & King
What do they prophesy for Banquo? He will not be King or Thane but a little lesser than Macbeth, and his children/descendants will be kings
Why is Macbeth confused by the witches’ prophecies?
Why have Ross and Angus come? to tell Macbeth that he is the new Thane of Cawdor
What does Macbeth mean when he says “Why do you address me in borrowed robes?” What does Angus tell Macbeth is the reason? – Macbeth is confused because they’re giving him the Thane’s robes, but he thinks the Thane is still alive- Angus tells him the Thane was a traitor and was executed, so now Macbeth is the Thane of Cawdor
What does Macbeth mean by “the greatest is behind?” He was the Thane of Glamis; now he is the Thane of Cawdor. All he has left is to be kingor behind means still to come, so Macbeth thinks because he is Thane of Cawdor he is going to become King soon
In lines 127-129, Macbeth says, “Two truths are told/ as happy prologues to the swelling Act/ Of the imperial theme.” What “imperial theme” is he talking about?What are the “happy prologues”? imperial theme: becoming kinghappy prologues: Thanes (Glamis & Cawdor)
In his asides, (lines 130-142), what problems does Macbeth mention? What does he decide to do about his issue (lines 143-144)? – his problem is that he’s starting to think about murdering the King- he decides to knock himself out of it and decides to think/talk about it- decides to let Fate take over
What do we learn at the beginning of scene 4? The Thane of Cawdor confessed he fought on the side of King Duncan’s enemies, now he is dead. The title has been granted to Macbeth. This portrays his own future betrayal and doom.Gist: Cawdor is dead and that he admitted his sins and repented for them
What does the King say about Cawdor? He was a trustworthy man
Who gains the estate of Thane? Malcolm
What is Macbeth’s immediate reaction?What does Macbeth now feel he has to do? Macbeth is immediately jealous and feels like he has to kill Malcolm.
What does Macbeth mean by “stars, hide your fires,/Let not light see my black and deep desires”? (lines 50-51) He is thinking evil thoughts about Malcolm. Macbeth feels as if he needs to step over Malcolm. He admits he is willing to do anything to become king.
Summarize what Macbeth tells his wife in his letter to her. The letter describes the prophecy the witches told Macbeth about being king.
What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction to this news? she’s happy however she doesn’t think Macbeth is able to kill Duncan
What does Lady Macbeth say about her husband? Why is her description surprising, considering the description of Macbeth in Scene 2? – She says Macbeth is a coward- surprising because he is a warrior
After she hears that Macbeth is on his way home and that the King is coming over, what does Lady Macbeth want? What does she have planned? – she wants Duncan dead- she plans on getting his servants drunk, killing Duncan, and putting his blood on them to place the blame on them
What does Lady Macbeth want Macbeth to do? She wants Macbeth to kill Duncan to become king.
In Scene 6, how does Duncan feel at Macbeth estate? Why is this ironic? – Duncan feels comfortable and says it is a pleasant environment- ironic because they are planning to kill him
in his solilquy, Macbeth says, “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well if it were done quickly.” What is “it”? “it” is killing the king
Why does Macbeth say Duncan is “here in double trust”?Why does this bother Macbeth? -Because the King trusts Macbeth as a kinsmen and solider yet the King also trusted Duncan-it bothers Macbeth because he will betray Duncan by killing him.
why does macbeth second-guess the “deed”? he likes the king because the king honored him
when macbeth tries to call off the murder, what is lady macbeth’s reaction? She is upset/angry.
When trying to convince Macbeth, Lady Macbeth says “I have given suck and know/How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me;/ I would while it was smiling in my face/ Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums/ and dashed the brains out/had I so sworn as you/ Have done to this.” What is she saying?Why do you think she’s being so dramatic? (metaphor) Lady Macbeth believes Macbeth is too full of human kindness. If she were him, she would do anything to become king. She says that she would even kill her own child if it meant power.She is being dramatic because its a huge opportunity for her. By being in power, life for her and her children would be luxurious.
what is lady macbeth’s answer when macbeth ask “if they fail”? She states that they won’t fail
What is the plan? get everyone drunk, sneak into the kings room & kill him, and then plant daggers on the guards
What is your impression of the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? Why do you think Lady Macbeth has so much control over Macbeth? Lady Macbeth is controlling and manipulative; she’s controlling because she thinks he is too kind and a coward
Were Lady Macbeth’s fears about Macbeth legitimate? Why or why not? Her fears were legitmiate because Macbeth could back out of/ruin the plan

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