MACBETH ACTS 1-3

ACT I ACT I
Scene 1 Scene 1
What characters are introduced in scene 1? The three witches
How would you interpret the line “fair is foul, and foul is fair?” Something can appear to be fair but it is foul and vice versa
What specific plan is mentioned? The witches will meet again but with Macbeth on the hill after the battle at sunset
Scene 2 Scene 2
What three men are leading troops into battle against Duncan? Macdonwald, Thane of Cawdor, King of Norway (Sweeno)
Who defeated and killed Macdonwald? Macbeth
What is to be the Thane of Cawdor’s punishment for his traitorous activities? Executed and title given to Macbeth
Who will receive his title? Macbeth
Scene 3 Scene 3
What revenge does the witch plan for the sailor whose wife wouldn’t share her chestnuts? She was going to start a terrible storm that would attack the sailor’s ship
What does this indicate about the witches powers? His boat cannot e lost but the witches can mess with it
What predictions do the witches make about Macbeth? That he will become Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and King
How does Macbeth react the way he does to the witches predictions? He is enthralled and entranced
What prediction do the witches make for Banquo? Banquo will be lesser than Macbeth but greater
What is the “horrid image” Macbeth speaks of? The bloody dagger that he will kill Duncan with
Scene 4 Scene 4
What further reward does Macbeth hope to receive from Duncan? The crown
Who is named to succeed Duncan to the throne? His son Malcom, Prince of Cumberland
How does Macbeth react to the announcement? He is offended and appalled
Where is Duncan to spend the night? At Macbeth’s castle in Inverness
Scene 5 Scene 5
What does the nature of the letter reveal about Macbeth’s relationship with his wife? They are close in their marriage and she is given a lot of power
How does Lady Macbeth characterize her husband? He is too kind
Why does Lady Macbeth call upon the spirits to “unsex” her? Because she wants to become evil, like a man, but without any remorse
What warning does she give Macbeth? She’s going to kill Malcolm
Scene 6 Scene 6
What action takes place in scene 6? Everyone arrives in Inverness
How does Lady Macbeth greet Duncan? Pleasingly
Scene 7 Scene 7
In his soliloquy, what reasons does Macbeth give for not wanting to kill Duncan? He is his kinsman and subject, he serves him
What reason against the murder does he give Lady Macbeth? Duncan has done nothing but honor him, and the public would hate him for killing him
What does Lady Macbeth imply about Macbeth’s love for her? That he is a coward
What finally causes Macbeth to decide to commit the murder? Lady Macbeth said it would make him a man
ACT II ACT II
Scene 1 Scene 1
What “cursed thoughts” does Banquo have? He’s been dreaming about the witches
What lie does Macbeth tell Banquo? He isn’t thinking about the witches
What is the meaning of Banquo’s answer to Macbeth? He will not loose honor to receive more honor
What causes Macbeth to think he sees a dagger? Confliction with killing Duncan
At the end of scene 1, a bell rings. What is the significance of this? His decision to go on with killing Duncan
Scene 2 Scene 2
What omen of death doe Lady Macbeth hear? The owl’s scream and the cricket’s cry
Why does Lady Macbeth say she did not commit the murder herself Duncan looked like her father in the moment
What words about himself does Lady Macbeth believe he hears? He will never sleep again
Both Macbeth and Lady comment upon the effectiveness of water in cleansing away their involvement in the deed. How do they differ? Macbeth– the water cannot wash it awayLady Macbeth– water will wash it away
Scene 3 Scene 3
Why has Macduff come to Macbeth’s castle? To call on Duncan
What unusual things happen to Macduff and Lennox during the night? There was an uproar, chimneys fell, screams of death in the night
Who discovers the murder? Macduff
Why does Macbeth kill the king’s men? He loved Duncan so much that he was angry that the guards did not protect Duncan
Why might Lady Macbeth pretend to faint? Because Macbeth just made everything worse and her fainting leaves her out of the mess
What actions to Malcom and Donalbain take? Make plans to leave town so it doesn’t look like they killed their dad
Scene 4 Scene 4
Ross and the old man discuss the strange events occurring. How are these strange events similar? Macbeth disloyal to Duncan, but then he killed him
How does popular opinion account for the murder? Everyone thinks Malcom and Donalbain did it
Who is named king? Macbeth
Why does Macduff not plan to attend Macbeth’s coronation? Everything was better in the past
ACT III ACT III
Scene 1 Scene 1
What suspicions does Banquo voice? What does he say that lets us know what he suspects? he probably thinks Macbeth did it
Who besides Banquo knows of the witches’ prophecies? Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Why does Macbeth question Banquo about his plans? Because he is plotting Banquo’s death and they need to know where he is
In lines 49-72, what suspicions does Macbeth harbor? That he is plotting Macbeth’s death so that his children will be kings.
What does Macbeth tell the murderers about Banquo? That Banquo has wronged them by doing bad things to convince the murderes they are killing him for a good reason
According to Macbeth, why does he himself not kill Banquo? And because he doesn’t want to lose his friends
Who else are the murders to kill? Fleance
Scene 2 Scene 2
What is the meaning of Lady Macbeth’s saying, “Naught’s had, all’s spent, Where our desire is got without content”? They are King and Queen but there not happy
In lines 13-22, from what affliction does Macbeth suffer? The guilt again of the murder and terrible dreams
In line 35, Lady Macbeth says, “You must leave this.” What does she mean? He has to get over his guilt
Is Lady Macbeth aware that Macbeth has planned the death of Banquo and Fleance? No
how is the planning of Banquo’s murder different from that of Duncan’s? They hired murderers to do it instead of themselves committing the crime, easier, and its Macbeth’s plan not Lady Macbeth’s plan.
Scene 3 Scene 3
Who is murdered in scene 3? Banquo
Who escapes in scene 3 with the fail of the murder? Fleance
What is Banquo’s dying request of Fleance? To advenge Banquo’s death
Scene 4 Scene 4
What activity opens scene four? Murderes come ot the banquet at Macbeth’s castle to tell him about the murder
Who joins the assembled group, sitting in Macbeth’s place? Ghost of Banquo
How does Lady Macbeth explain Macbeth’s reaction? She said he looks like he has the sickness that is from his childhood
What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction to Macbeth’s claim of seeing Banquo’s ghost? That she thinks he is just ill
To what other event in the play is this ghostly appearance similar? the dagger
Why does Lady Macbeth ask everyone to leave? So that they do not see what Macbeth is doing for example talking to the ghost
Who refused the banquet invitation? Macduff
What is Macbeth’s plan for the next day? To go and talk to the three witches about him still being king and sends for Macduff
To what does Macbeth attribute his condition? He’s new to murdering and still has guilt and once he keeps killing he will get used to it
Scene 5 Scene 5
What does Hecate plan to do? Further plot Macbeth’s downfall
Scene 6 Scene 6
What is implied in Lennox’s speech at the opening of scene six? That he suspious of Macbeth
Where has Macduff gone? To england to find Malcolm
What does he hope to do? Build up forces to go against Macbeth
What purpose does scene six serve? Reveal that people believe Macbeth killed Duncan

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