macbeth study guide

what reasons can you think of as to why Macbeth is first introduced to us through the witches? (act 1 , scene 1) it foreshadows evil
Who is Duncan? King of Scotland
What does Duncan think of Macbeth ? He doesn’t like him. Calls him bloody man
Who is Malcolm? Duncan’s son
What country wins? How? Scotland They had bigger numbers of people and they killed everyone
Who is McDonwald? the thane of cawdor (Norway) left Scotland thinking he would win (traitr)
What was McDonwald guilty of ? Rebelling against the king and Scotland , traitor to his country
What two counties are fighting ? Scotland and Norway
explain what you think is meant by the paradoxical: Fair is foul, foul is fair. (act 1 , scene 1) fair has a trustworthy appearance but its is actually corrupt (foul)
paraphrase the captain’s description of the battle and the part played by macbeth in securing victory. (act 1 , scene 2) Macdonwald was stronger Macbeth killed him & Banquo won
What impression do you gain of macbeth from this description? (act 1 , scene 2) he’s very brave & noble
the thane of cawdor was obviously a traitor. what does duncan’s comment : no more that thane of cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest: suggest about Duncan’s former relationship with him? (act 1 , scene 2) they were close friends `
given the fact that macbeth was first mentioned by the witches, the idea of fair is foul, foul is fair was introduced in scene 1 & that Duncan was deceive by Cawdor, to what extend are you prepares to accept at face value the assessment of macbeth as brave & noble? (act 1 , scene 2) Macbeth is brave but not as noble as he seems to be
carefully read the discussion (3 witches) of their attempt to take revenge on the sailor’s wife. what does this suggest about the extent and limits of their powers? (act 1 , scene 3) – they can’t sink the sailor’s ship (limited powers) – but they can make miserable – his life remains his own
Macbeth’s entry is a shock because his first words echo those of the witches in scene one : so foul and fair a day I have not seen. What might this mean in a literal sense? (act 1 , scene 3) foul battle, fair victory
What effect does it have on our initial response to macbeth? (act 1 , scene 3) evil is already working in him
macbeth & banquet are confronted by the witches who predict both of their futures. analyze banquets reaction to their prophecy regarding macbeth.** What does he suggest about Macbeth’s reaction? (act 1 , scene 3) Macbeth is afraid
what is significant about his use of the words fear and fair in this context? (act 1 , scene 3) takes us to foul & fair , they are good
what does his challenge to the witches suggest about his character ? (act 1 , scene 3) he says “tell me my prediction” which shows arrogance
macbeth’s prediction hail to thee : – thane of gleams – thane of cawdor- king here after
banquo’s prediction – lesser than Macbeth yet greater- not so happy yet happier- thou shalt get kings though thou be none
immediately following the disappearance of the witches, ross & angus bring news that we, as an audience, already know regarding the transship of cawdor. this situation where the audience knows more than the characters is called dramatic irony. ** how does banquet react?(act 1 , scene 3) he says “can the devils speak the truth”
macbeth’s reaction takes on the form of a metaphor : why do you dress me in borrowed robes : explain this metaphor. the clothes metaphor is used throughout the play. pay careful attention to how & why it is used whenever you come across it. (act 1 , scene 3) he believes in hypocrisy
why does banquet warn macbeth about his reaction to the prophecies? what does this warning suggest about banquets understanding of macbeth’s character & ambition?(act 1 , scene 3) there may be evil
paraphrase this warning. (act 1 , scene 3) evil can come from tempting prophecies
macbeth’s response comes in the form of a soliloquy ( which is a speech that reflects the thoughts of a character. it is heard by the audience but not by the other characters in the play) carefully read form the start of macbeth’s soliloquy to the end of the scene. * paraphrase the soliloquy. (act 1 , scene 3) 2 predictions came true, should I make the 3rd true & kill Duncan?
what does the soliloquy suggest about macbeth; state of mind? (act 1 , scene 3) inner turmoil
what decision does macbeth come to? (act 1 , scene 3) he will do whatever he has to do to become king
explain banquo’s use of a clothing metaphor. maybe he should’ve have been named thane pf cawdor
Duncan receives Macbeth & Banquo.How does Duncan’s comment: There’s no art Find the mind’s construction in the face: reflect fair is foul theme? (act 1 , scene 4) his appearance was different than what he was on the inside
what does duncan say to macbeth and banquo?(act 1 , scene 4) they were both responsible for the win
how does each respond?? (act 1 , scene 4) we are just your loyal subjects
how does macbeth react to the naming of Malcolm as heir to the throne? (act 1 , scene 4) he is appalled & upset
what does macbeth mean when he says: Stars hide your fires / Let not light see my black and deep desires / the eye wink at the hand; yet let that be / what the eye fears , when it is done to see? (act 1 , scene 4) he is calling on darkness to do his evil deed
act one scenes 5, 6, & 7 introduce lady macbeth & explore her relationship with macbeth. these are very important scenes because our response to the relationship between macbeth & lady macbeth is crucial to our interpretation of the play. * what does the tone of macbeth’s letter suggest about his relationship with her?? equal with each other
explain her assessment of macbeth & his ambition. ( act 1 scene 5 ) she is worried that he is too decent & squeamish to murder Duncan for the crown
how does she see her role?( act 1 scene 5 ) she encourages him, gives him ambition
carefully read her “unsex me” soliloquy. what is she attempting to do?( act 1 scenes 5, 6, & 7 ) call on the evil spirits to take away her remorse , feminism
what do the lines : come think night, and pall the in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes: suggest about her psychological state? ( act 1 scenes 5, 6, & 7 ) she is willing to commit the murder herself
how does lady macbeth further develop the fair is foul theme in this scene? ( act 1 scenes 5, 6, & 7 ) she tells macbeth to look innocent & welcoming even though he has deadly intentions
carefully read macbeth’s soliloquy in scene 7. that does he mean by : if it were done when tis done, then twere well it were done quickly. if th’ assassination could trammel up the consequence? ( act 1 scenes 5, 6, & 7 ) he is struggling with his conscience
what arguments does he provide against the assassination? what motive does he provide for the murder?( act 1 scenes 5, 6, & 7 ) he fears hell if he kills Duncan. Duncan is his cousin, Macbeth is his hostDuncan is a good king no reason to kill himbut Macbeth really wants to be king
analyze lady macbeth response to his declaration that he will proceed no further in this deal. ( act 1 scenes 5, 6, & 7 ) she calls him a coward
what tactics does she use to persuade him? ( act 1 scenes 5, 6, & 7 ) she says she has it all planned out
what does the tone of her attack upon him suggest about her psychological state? ( act 1 scenes 5, 6, & 7 ) she is malicious
what is it that finally persuades him? ( act 1 scene 7 ) Duncan’s servants will be blamed for the murder
what is part of the largess that is for lady macbeth? (act 2 scene 1) diamonds
what does banquet dream of? (act 2 scene 1) the 3 witches
what does macbeth say in response to banquo’s dream? (act 2 scene 1) “i don’t think about them”
macbeth tells banquo that if he sticks (“cleave”) with him, he will give him honor. Banquo responds, “So I lose none / in seeking to augment it” what does banquo mean? (act 2 scene 1) he is a good man
what “fatal vision” does macbeth have? (act 2 scene 1) the dagger coming towards him
where is macbeth going at the end of his soliloquy at the end of act 1 scene 1? (act 2 scene 1) he’s going to kill duncan
what reason does lady macbeth give for not killing duncan herself? (act 2 scene 2) Duncan looks like her father
what has macbeth forgotten ? (act 2 scene 2) he didn’t leave the daggers by the groomsmen
what reason does Macbeth give for not returning to duncan’s bed chamber? (act 2 scene 2) he’s afraid to see what he has done
who is knocking on the door? (act 2 scene 3) lennox & macduff
what does the porter say alcohol does? (act 2 scene 3) makes you want to sleep, urinate & have sex
what does macduff say the king commanded him to do? (act 2 scene 3) wake him up early
what does lennox say about the evening? (act 2 scene 3) – he heard screams of death – chimneys were blown down- there was an earthquake – the bird sang all night long
macduff uses the metaphor of a gorgon. what is the tenor of this metaphor? what is macduff comparing to a gorgon? (act 2 scene 3) if you go into the room, the sight of the dead body will turn you into stone
what does macduff’s response to lady macbeth when she asks what has happened? (act 2 scene 3) “gentle lady it may kill you to hear this” (ironic)
what does lady macbeth say he has done in response to the murder? (act 2 scene 3) “not in our town” , feeble response
what doe lady macbeth do at this moment of commotion? (act 2 scene 3) she faints
what does banquo say he will fight against? (act 2 scene 3) treasonous malice
where do donalbain & malcolm decide to go? (act 2 scene 3) they fear their lives so : – malcolm goes to england – donalbain goes to ireland
the old man says, “tis said they eat each other” what is he talking about? (act 2 scene 4) duncan’s horses are eating each other & the owls are killing falcons
what is the thought of malcolm and donalbain because they left scotland? (act 2 scene 4) they think they are guilty of their fathers murder
where has macbeth gone & why has he gone there? (act 2 scene 4) he went to scone in order to be crowned king
according to banquo, how did macbeth get all that the weird women promised? (act 3 scene 1) he thinks macbeth became king by evil means
what has macbeth invited banquo to do? (act 3 scene 1) have dinner with him ( a feast )
where will banquo be between now and this evening? (act 3 scene 1) horseback riding
what does macbeth say has been learned of malcolm & donalbain ? (act 3 scene 1) they have been spreading lies
who will banquo take with him? (act 3 scene 1) his son, Fleance
macbeth says, “for them the gracious Duncan have I murdered” Who is he talking about? What is bothering Macbeth in this soliloquy? (act 3 scene 1) he may go to hell for murdering Duncan
in a previous speech, what did macbeth try to convince the murderers of? (act 3 scene 1) banquo was their enemy
what do the murderers say about their own lives and their willingness to do what macbeth want them to do? (act 3 scene 1) they are desperate & will do anything
beside banquo who else does macbeth want dead? (act 3 scene 1) his son, fleance
poetic justice macbeth’s head brought in by macduff on a stake. delivered to malcolm

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