Macbeth Acts 4-5

Based upon the information in Act I, what appears to be Macbeth’s character flaw? a desire for power
What important role do the witches play in Act I? They foreshadow events.
Throughout Act I, Macbeth’s plans and actions seem to be motivated most of all by his wife’s encouragement.
What does Macbeth really mean when he indicates that the blood on his hands will redden all the seas? It is a comment on his profound guilt.
Macbeth says, “Stars, hide your fires. Let not light see my black and deep desires.” What are Macbeth’s desires? He wants to be king
By the end of Act III, how has Macbeth changed since the beginning of the play? He is now quick to use treachery to suit his ends.
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” is said by the witches. It is a riddle-like phrase that seems contradictory is also known as a(n)______________. paradox
Lady Macbeth believes in order to carry out the murder, she has to… act like a man
Why does Macbeth want to kill King Duncan? Macbeth wants to be king.
The Macbeths plan is to get the guards drunk and framing them by using their weapons to kill the king
What “sign” convinces Macbeth that he must go through with killing the king? He sees a floating dagger before him.
Macbeth most likely brings the bloody daggers to Lady Macbeth because he . . . feels distressed and shocked at his actions
What do Duncan’s sons decide to do after their father’s death? Run away from the scene of the crime
Q. BANQUO: Thou has it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised, and I fear thou play’dst most foully for ‘t. (pg 310, lines 1-3) What is Banquo thinking in the above line? He suspects that Macbeth may have done wrong to become king
Q. Why did Macbeth want Banquo killed in Act 3? He feared Banquo’s descendants would be kings
Q. Upon being told that Fleance has escaped, Macbeth declares that “the worm that’s fled hath that in time will venom breed. No teeth for the present.” Macbeth means that Fleance will eventually attempt vengeance.
Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost because he was: plagued by guilt
Q. Who is with Banquo on the night he is killed? Fleance
Who is Hecate? The goddess of witchcraft
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” The witches
Q. There are 3 apparitions at the boiling cauldron, which is not one of them? Fleance marching towards Dunsinane
Q. Lady Macduff feels that her husband has abandoned them
Q. What do the doctor and gentlewoman see Lady Macbeth doing? She is sleepwalking and talking about the murders
Q. In which way does Macbeth display a change in character? He does not consult Lady Macbeth about the murder of Banquo.
Q. Why is Macbeth not worried when he learns that 10,000 English troops are headed his way? The witches make him overconfident
Q. Macbeth says to Macduff, “But get thee back, my soul is too much charged with blood of thine already.” To what is he referring? Macbeth doesn’t want to fight Macduff; he has already killed Macduff’s family
Q. How was Macduff born? Caesarean Section
Q. Why is Siward proud of his son at the end of the play? His son died fighting
Q. One of the images or themes that runs throughout the play is that of blood
Q. At the end of the play, how does Macbeth’s courage in battle affect the reader? It brings the reader full circle by once again pointing up an aspect of his noble nature.
Q. How does Macbeth die? Macduff beheads him (after killing him)
Q. At the end of the play who will become the King of Scotland? Malcom
Q. It is fitting that Malcom gives the final speech of the play because he is now king of Scotland.
Q. Shortly after Banquo’s murder, Macbeth says “Better be with the dead, whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, than on the torture of the mind to lie in restless ecstasy.” This means that Macbeth wishes he were dead than suffer mental anguish for his success. & would rather have Duncan alive than suffer mental torture.(a&b)
Q. Who said: “Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee? But yet I’ll make assurance double sure, and take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live.” Macbeth
Q. Who said: “Out, damned spot! Out I say!” Lady Macbeth
Q. Who said: “If thou beest slain and with no stroke of mine, my wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still.” Macduff
Q. How does Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane? The soldiers cut down the trees and use them as shields.
Q. “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Macbeth
Q. “Out, damned spot, out, I say! One. Two. Why then, ’tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” Lady Macbeth
Q. “Why then, God’s soldier be he! Had I as many sons as I have hairs, I would not wish them to a fairer death; and so his knell is knolled.” Siward
Q. According to evidence in the Act V, Lady Macbeth died a. by her own hand
Q. Which character fulfills the prophecy that “none of woman born / Shall harm Macbeth? Macduff
Q. Here’s the smell of blood still. All the per- fumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. When she says these words, a. it is ironic because earlier she told Macbeth that “a little water cleans us of the deed.”
Q. The gentlewoman in act V, scene i refuses to repeat Lady Macbeth’s sleep-talk to the doctor because a. there is no witness to confirm the truth of the gentlewoman’s words
Q. Why do you think Shakespeare includes the exchange between Malcolm and Macduff concerning the King’s “evil”? a. To flatter James I who brought back the tradition of the king touching a person to cure him of scrofula
Q. When Macbeth tells his wife, “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,/Till thou applaud the deed,” what does it reveal about Macbeth’s relationship with his wife? a. Macbeth no longer confides in his wife or seeks her aid
Q. Why was Macbeth (the play) considered a thriller? Because it had the threat to a current king and the evil behind the threat
Q. a statement made by a character in a play, intended to be heard by the audience, but not by other characters on the stage aside
Q. a lengthy speech of a single character onstage; reveals inner thoughts soliloquy

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