Macbeth study guide(Editable)

“So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” Macbeth Paradox Iambic Pentameter
“Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” Weird Sister Trochaic Tetrameter
. “Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly/ And shall continue our graces toward him.” King Duncan Dramatic Irony First line: iambic pentameter with feminine ending Second line: iambic pentameter
“I see thee still,/ And, on thy blade and dungeon, gouts of blood,/ Which was not so before. There’s no such thing./ It is the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes.” Macbeth Two lines of iambic pentameter motif: blood motif: relationship between hand (actions) and eye (mind) alliteration: bloody business
“‘Sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep!'” Macbeth (after murder of Duncan) motif: sleep Trochaic tetrameter with masculine ending
“To know my deed, ’twere best not to know myself.” Macbeth theme
“Knock! Knock! Never at quiet.—What are you?—But this place is too cold for hell. I’ll devil-porter it no further. Porter Prose
“Approach the chamber and destroy your sight…. Shake off this downy sleep, death’s counterfeit,/And look on death itself.” Macduff motif: sleep Iambic Pentamter
“Thou hast it now- King, Cawdor, Glamis, all/ As the Weird Women promised, and I fear/ Thou played most foully for ‘t.” Banquo Two lines of iambic pentameter Theme: fate v. free will
“We have scorched the snake, not killed it.” Macbeth Metaphor Alliteration Trochaic Tetrameter
“This is the very painting of your fear./ This is the air drawn dagger, which you said/ Led you to Duncan.” Lady Macbeth Two lines of iambic pentameter Theme: fear, effect of guilt, etc.
“Why so, being gone,/ I am a man again.” Macbeth (after ghost of Banquo leaves) theme: fear, manliness
“Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff!” Apparition Iambic Pentameter Alliteration
“But I remember now/ I am in this earthly world, where to do harm/ Is often laudable, to do good sometime/ Accounted dangerous folly.” Lady Macduff Paradox Theme: blurred morality
“Alas, poor country, almost afraid to know itself.” Malcolm theme
“I shall do so, but I must also feel it as a man.” Macduff motif: manliness
“The night is long that never finds the day.” Malcolm Iambic Pentameter Motif: night and day, evil v. good
. “Out, damned spot, out I say! One. Two. Why then, ’tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky.” Lady Macbeth Prose! = change in character, degradation motif: darkness, “spot” = blood/guilt
“I have almost forgot the taste of fears.” Macbeth Iambic Pentameter theme: fear
“I throw my warlike shield . Lay on,Macduff,/ And damned be him that first cries, ‘Hold! Enough!'” Macbeth Iambic pentameter – rhymed
Iambic pentameter(blank verse) A form of meter that consists of 5 unstressed(unaccented) syllables each followed by a stressed syllable.Similar to heart beat( often used by nobles)
Feminine ending a iambic pentameter that ends with a unstressed syllable
Trochaic Tetrameter (opposite of iamb) 4 sets stressed syllables followed by unstressed.A rhythmic pattern (often used by wicked/evil)
Prose Written or spoken language in ordinary from(often used by commoners)
Aside A brief remark made by a character intended to be heard by the audience or one other character but no one else
Soliloquy A speech given by a character alone on stage to let the audience in on that characters thoughts and feelings
Rhetoric Art of persuasion ,may include such devices as parallel structures,repetition,paradox.
Alliteration the repetition of the same initial consonant
allusion a reference to a literary or historical person or event
Atmosphere the mood established by events,places or situations
Comic relief a humorous scene or speech that is meant to provide relief from emotional intensity by contrast
Plot divided into five acts and subdivided into scenes.
Irony(dramatic) when something appears to be the opposite of what it actually is. Dramatic- the audience knows something that characters do not
Inciting incident When the witches first talk to Macbeth about becoming king.
Climax When Duncan’s ghost appears at the banquet.
Resolution Macbeth is dead and Malcolm becomes king.
Recurring images and words Think about: Blood,Dark,Manliness,Blood,Eye/Hand

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