Macbeth Unit Review

What is the point of the first scene in reference to the whole play? To establish the importance of fate and superstition in the play
What does Duncan call Macbeth when he hears Macbeth has defeated Macdonwald? brave
Who is sentenced to death? The thane of Cawdor
What do the witches predict in I.iii for Macbeth? That he will be Thane of Cawdor and then later king.They predict that Banquo’s son’s will be kings but he will not
What news does Ross bring Macbeth? He will be the Thane of Cawdor
Malcom describes Cawdor’s last moments before execution. What is Duncan’s reply? “There’s no artTo find the mind’s construction in the face.He was a gentleman on whom I builtAn absolute trust”In other words, you’ll never know what’s in a person’s heart by looking in their face. (He was a snake)
Explain: “Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black and deep desires.” Macbeth doesn’t want anyone to see how evil he is inside
Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth’s letter: what is her opinion of him, and how does he plan to help him? She is afraid that Macbeth doesn’t have the stomach for the job, thinks he lacks the savageryShe plans to encourage him and help with the murder
What is Lady Macbeth’s “prayer” to the spirits after she learns Duncan is coming? This is her “unsex me” soliloquy- she is steeling herself to prepare for Duncan’s murder- it suggests how deep her ambition is and how it has made her madShe wants to be filled with cruelty, given a hard heart and the thick blood necessary to dowhat has to be done in order to make Macbeth king.
What advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth when he arrives home? She tells him he must learn to look innocent even when his heart is full of evil. He has tolearn to hide his true feelings.
What are Macbeth’s arguments to himself against killing Duncan? There is a “double trust”, he is relative and loyal subject, Duncan is a good ruler and killing him would ruin Macbeth’s honor
What arguments does Lady Macbeth use to convince Macbeth to try to commit the murder? she attacks his masculinityLady M traumatized by lost child, eager for crown= life purpose
What is Lady Macbeth’s plan? while Duncan sleeps, she will give his chamberlains wine to make them drunk, and then she and Macbeth can slip in and murder Duncan. They will smear the blood of Duncan on the sleeping chamberlains to cast the guilt upon them.
What is Macbeth’s lie to Banquo about the witches’ predictions? Macbeth says he doesn’t think of them, when really he does
What is the signal Lady Macbeth gives Macbeth to let him know that she has taken care of business? She rings a bell
What excuse does Lady Macbeth give for not killing Duncan herself? The excuse she gives is that Duncan, when sleeping, looks too much like her father
Paraphrase the “Is this a dagger…” soliloquy Sees fateful visionguiltyobsessed with murderdetermined to kill Duncan
What does Lady Macbeth admit to having done to strengthen her resolve? She was drinking to increase her boldness, shows that she needs courage to complete the task.
Macbeth hears a voice saying “Macbeth does murder sleep”. What does Lady Macbeth then tell him to do? She tells him to go get some water and wash “this filthy witness” from his hands. In otherwords, get cleaned up and forget about it.
Why won’t Macbeth take the daggers back to the scene of the crime? He can’t bear to go back there and face what he has done
Who was knocking? Macduff and Lennox were knocking at the gate
How does Lennox describe the night, and what is Macbeth’s response? Lennox goes through a great description of the terrible night, saying it predicted terrible,confusing times ahead. Macbeth brushes it off by saying it was a “rough night.”
What did Macduff discover? his father’s dead body
Macduff says, “Oh gentle lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak.” Why is this ironic? because Lady Macbeth was part of planning Duncan’s murder and she was the one who arranged the daggers
What excuse or explanation did Macbeth give for killing the guards? He says he did it out of pain and rage, but he actually wanted to be rid of any possible witnesses to the murder.
Why do Malcom and Donalbain leave? They fear for their lives and find it safer if they divideMalcom- EnglandDonalbain- Ireland
Why does Macbeth want Banquo and Fleance dead? Thinks Banquo is a threat, he is suspicious
Why does Macbeth employ professional cut-throats to kill Banquo? he doesn’t think he’ll feel as guilty
What is Macbeth’s plan for killing Banquo and Fleance? He has hired someone to go kill them during the night
Macbeth says, “The worm that’s fled Hath nature that in time will venom breed, no teeth for the present”. What does this mean? Fleance will be a problem in the future, since he will have children who will become kings,but for now Macbeth can let him go and deal with other things because Fleance is of noimmediate threat to him personally.
Who (what) did Macbeth see at the banquet table? Banquo’s ghost
How does Lady Macbeth cover for Macbeth at the banquet? She says he is sick from his childhood, and makes everyone go home
Who else is missing from the banquet table (besides Banquo) MacDuff
Macbeth says, “I am in blood Stepped in so far that I should wade no more. Returning were as tedious as go o’er” What does he mean? He means he is so far in and he has killed too many people to stop now
What does Hecate want the witches to do? Make Macbeth’s life miserable, turn fate against him
Witch 2 says, “By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes” To whom does she refer? Macbeth
What is Macbeth’s attitude towards the witches this time? He is demanding and acting like he is in power
Briefly describe each of the four apparitions Armed head: Beware Macduff!Bloody Child: no man born of woman will harm MacbethCrowned child holding tree: Macbeth will never die unless Birnam wood comes to Dunsiane HillEight Kings followed by Banquo: Banquo’s descendants will be kings
Where is Macduff? In England helping Malcom
Why does Macbeth have Macduff’s family and servants killed? to show Macduff he has all the power
Macduff says, “Oh, Scotland, Scotland!” Why? Malcolm believes he would make a bad king, and Macduff fears for his country.
What news does Ross bring to Macduff? Macduff’s family has been murdered
What do the doctor and gentlewoman see Lady Macbeth doing? What do they decide to do? She’s sleep walking and talking. She’s talking all the murders and they decide to keep it to themselves.
What does Macbeth want the doctor to do for his wife? He wants the doctor to ease her suffering, to give her something to make her oblivious toher weighty troubles.
What trick does Malcom use to hide the number of men in his army? They camouflage themselves with tree branches so they look like a forest
Malcom says “And none serve with him but constrained things whose hearts are absent, too. What does that mean? Only those who are forced to fight for Macbeth do.
What is Macbeth’s reaction to Lady Macbeth’s death? He just looks at her body and says everybody has to die but she should not have died so young
What is Macbeth’s reaction to the news that Birnam Wood is moving? “Arm, arm, and out!” He’s going to fight to the bitter end and take down the whole universewith him, if necessary.
Who first fights Macbeth? What happens? Young Siward. And according to scene 8, Young Siward had wounds on his front side, representing he was fighting bravely and with confidence.
Macbeth says to Macduff, “But get thee back, my soul is too much charged with blood of thine already” To what is this referring? He hired murderers to kill Macduff’s wife and children.
When does Macbeth know he’s in trouble? When he finds out that Macduff was untimely ripped from his mother’s womb (he was born of a C section)
How does Macbeth die? Macduff kills him
Who will be King of Scotland Malcom

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