Macbeth Study Guide

1. During the battle to protect Duncan’s throne, Macbeth kills who? McDonwald
2. Who fights bravely against the rebels with Macbeth? – Banquo
3. All prophecies the witches tell Macbeth Essentially they all come true, maybe not the way predicted but they all come true. “Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth. Beware Macduff. Beware the Thane of Fife” (Apparition1 – an armed head) “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (Apparition2 – a bloody child) “Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care who chafs, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him” (Apparition3 – a crowned child with a tree bough)
4. According to Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s plan, who will bear the guilt of Duncan’s murder? They say that the servants will take the blame of the murder.
5. What weird things does Macbeth see and hear? Sees the dagger hears them talking and saying murder. wife heard owl and cricket. he hears “sleep no more”
6. After the prophecy, Macbeth realizes that there is a good chance he’ll become king. The possibility of chance crowning him is lessened when Duncan makes an announcement. What is it? when he announces that malcolm would be the future king
7. Why does Lady Macbeth fears Macbeth’s nature? She thinks he’s to good hearted to fully achieve what they want for themselves and their future. She fears that he won’t be deceiving enough and he’ll give them up somehow.
8. Why doesn’t Lady Macbeth kill the king herself? Lady Macbeth says that the king resembles her own father, so therefore she cannot kill him As a woman, she is supposed to be innocent and good-natured, so obviously committing murder does not fall into this persona.
9. How did Macbeth do wrong in the murder plan? (??) He kills the servants too, which wasn’t part of the plan, they were supposed to wake up after a night of drinking covered in blood with the murder weapon near them.
10. When Macbeth reaches the depths of remorse after the king’s murder, Lady Macbeth tells him that he lacks something? What is it? The ability to kill successfully without remorse
11. The murder of Duncan is announced to the occupants of Macbeth’s castle by whom? Macduff
12. When Duncan’s death is first announced, Macbeth rushes off and do what? Kills the servants
13. After Duncan’s murder, the king’s sons flee to where? They flee to England, they knew they were in danger, and Malcolm had a plan to avenge his family and his rightful throne.
14. Immediately after Duncan’s murder, Macduff decides not to do something. What? To go to the celebration of Macbeth’s new position, a coronation of sorts.
15. Name Macbeth’s castle and the castle for the final battle. Macbeth’s first castle is the castle at Inverness and the battle is at Dunsinane Hill Castle
16. How does Macbeth convince the murderers to accept his commission to kill Banquo? He tells them that Banquo had betrayed him and wanted to cause his family harm
17. How many murderers were there at the scene of Banquo’s ambush? Explain possibilities. There were supposed to be 2 murderers at the killing but instead there were 3.
18. Explain how the murderers do not succeed completely. They let Fleance escape
19. Recount the scene when Banquo’s ghost appears at the banquet. he starts acting crazy and hes confessing and people start to lack trust in him. most proably assume he is talking about duncan
20. Lady Macbeth tries to explain Macbeth’s strange behavior at the banquet by telling the guests that he Has had these spells since his youth
21. Whys is Hecate angry with the three witches? They gave Macbeth signs without consulting her
22. Why does Lennox say that Macduff lives in disgrace? Lennox questions Macbeth’s role in Banquo and Duncan’s murders. Then he goes on to comment that Macduff must be “in disgrace” with Macbeth, because he left early before Macbeth’s banquet
23. What are all the apparitions and what do they tell Macbeth? the head, the bloody baby, child crowned with treelimb, and the line of kings
24. Explain the last revelation the witches allow Macbeth to see. The 4th vision, a show of eight men. It shows that Bonque will be the the father of the royal lineage. This causes Macbeth to be pushed over the edge. The revelation shakes his confidence.
25. Why is Lady Macduff critical of her husband? Because he just left, he didn’t warn her or his children, he essentially left them as sitting ducks without essential knowledge of the danger she could have been in.
26. While Lady Macbeth walks in her sleep what is she frequently doing? (??)She frequently washes her hands and talks in her sleep about not being able to be completely clean
27. When the opposing forces reach Macbeth, who does he first kill? Young Siward
28. Macbeth feels completely without hope at the end of the play; he uses several references to what old “sport?” The bear fighting sport thing, where the bear is changed, crowded around, and tortured. He is the bear, and he is stuck in one place, soon to be tortured.
29. Malcolm discloses at the end that henceforth all thanes will be known as what? Earls
There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. He was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust. Duncan
Approach the chamber and destroy your sight with a new Gorgon. Do not bid me speak; see, and then speak yourselves. Macduff
All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Lady Macbeth
Be this the whetstone of your sword. Let grief convert to anger. Malcolm
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. Three witches
Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way… Lady Macbeth
He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear his hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear. And you all know security Is mortals’ chiefest enemy. Hecate
This castle hath a pleasant seat. Duncan
A little water clears us of this deed. Lady Macbeth
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
…lesser than Macbeth, and greater; not so happy, yet much happier the witches
The prince of Cumberland. That is a step on which I must fall down or else overleap, for it lies in my way Macbeth
False face must hide what the false heart doth know Macbeth
If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me without my stir Macbeth
…he’s here in double trust Macbeth
from my mother’s womb untimely ripped Macduff
All my pretty ones? Did you say all? Macduff
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? Macbeth
…oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths. Banquo
My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white. LADY MACBETH
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return, to plague the inventor… MACBETH
Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? MACBETH

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