Macbeth Acts 4-5

Describe in detail the three apparitions and words of warning given to Macbeth by the witches. 1. The first is an armed head, summoned to warn Macbeth that Macduff is coming back to Scotland to ruin him. 2.he second apparition is a bloody child and it tells Macbeth that no man born of a woman can do him harm. This gives Macbeth great confidence: “Then live Macduff: what need I fear of thee?” (4.1.78-80)3. The third apparition is that of a child wearing a crown and holding a tree. It declares: Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be untilGreat Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hillShall come against him (4.1.87-90). Macbeth is sure that the third apparition’s prophecy will never be, for ‘who can impress the forest?’ or ‘bid the tree unfix his earth-bound roots?’ (4.1.91-3).
What is Macbeth’s plan for Macduff? Macbeth sends murderers to attack Macduff’s castle and slaughter his family and everyone else who lives there. He wanted to kill Macduff, but he was not at home at the time. Where was he?
Why does Macbeth murder Lady Macduff and her son? They kill the family in part to eliminate the threat to Macbeth, but also to send the message to Macduff that they will not fear him and that they believe him to be a traitor.
What is the state of affairs at the end of Act 4?
Why does Lady Macbeth have a “light by her continually?”
How does Lady Macbeth change by the end of the drama? Is she a dynamic character? Why or why not?
Discuss the significance of the word “foul” throughout the drama.
Discuss the importance of the equivocation of the Witches in the drama. How does this drive the plot, develop the characters and enhance the meaning?
How did all three prophecies come to pass?
How could Macbeth have misinterpreted the apparitions?
Analyze V: v: 17-28. Discuss the tone, diction, imagery, and language.
What is iconic about V: v: 35?
Is Macbeth evil or is he a victim?
What role does fate and the supernatural play in this?

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