Act 1 Macbeth
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What is the purpose of this short scene? Select a quotation to illustrate the purpose you have chosen.
The point of this scene is to foreshadow will happen to Macbeth to the audience. "Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair"
What information does the witches' conversation give the audience?
That Macbeth's future will be filled with good and bad things.
What does the soldier report about Macdonwald's character?
Macbeth killed Macdonwald
What does he report about the battle?
They sent a fresh army against Macbeth, yet still wins
What information does Ross give Duncan about he Thane of Cawdor? How does Duncan respond to this information?
The Thane of Cawdor will go on death trial and Duncan is happy to hear the news.
What does the audience learn about Macbeth in scene ii before his appearance?
We learn that he is a good fighter
Speaker: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair"
To Whom: Till he faced the slave; / Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, / Till he unseamed him from the nave to th' chops, / And fixed his head upon our battlements.
significance to character, theme, and plot development. :"What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won"
Its significant because it foreshadows what Macbeth will experience
What three messages do the witches bring Macbeth?
That Macbeth would be thane of glamis, thane of cawdor and king thereafter
What prophecies do the witches give Banquo?
he will be the father of kings but not one himself
How do Banquo and Macbeth react differently to the witches prophecies?
Banquo is just curious while Macbeth demands to know
About what is Macbeth preoccupied at the end of this scene?
In his mind, he is thinking about what to do from here
What is the difference between a soliloquy and an aside?
in a soliloquy everyone freezes and the person thinks to themselves, in an aside things are still going on but you hear the person thinking
Speaker and To Whom: "So foul and fair a day I have not seen"
Macbeth to Banquo
How did Duncan form an opinion about the Thane of Cawdor? How did Duncan develop his opinion of Macbeth?
he just went by the way he acted and trusted him completely
What obstacle does King Duncan create for Macbeth? How does Macbeth respond to this obstacle?
he makes him the Prince of Cumberland. He says that he has to leap over it and find a way to do something secretly.
Why does King Duncan compare Malcolm to a shining star? How does this compare to the imagery Macbeth's uses in his aside?
Because nobles shine the light for everyone. Macbeth says the the stars must stop shining and Malcolm is the "star".
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: Nothing in his life Became him like the leaving it
Malcolm - Duncan; He is telling him about the execution of the Thane of Cawdor and how he died an honorable death even though he didn't live an honorable life.
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: "our duties / Are to your throne and state"
Macbeth - Duncan; He is saying that everything he did on the battlefield was for him and the country.
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires
Macbeth - himself; He is saying that he doesn't want the dark things that he is thinking to be brought to light
What news does Macbeth send to Lady Macbeth in the letter
he tells her everything that has happened
What obstacle does Lady Macbeth see in the way of her husband becoming king
he's too nice/honorable
Reread the lines in which Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits of darkness. What is she asking them to eliminate from her character
eliminate her female side and become more manly so she can kill without any remorse
What speech in this scene shows that Lady Macbeth is more clever than Macbeth, and is also more aware of the appearance of things
she tells him to act normal but leave everything else to her. Realizes that this is a perfect time to kill the king while he sleeps in her house so that Macbeth can become king
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: "Yet do I fear thy nature; / It is too full o' the milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way"
Lady - audience; Saying that Macbeth's nature is too nice or kind to do anything to get the position of king
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: "unsex me here, / And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top full / Of direst cruelty!"
Lady - spirits; Telling the spirits to make her more manly so that sh will be able to complete her mission to kill the king.
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: "look like the innocent flower, / But be the serpent under it"
Lady - Macbeth; telling Macbeth to act like everything's okay but within be evil
How do Duncan and Banquo describe Macbeth's castle? How is dramatic irony demonstrated in their description?
It looks peaceful, and birds usually nest in safe places so the place must be safe for them.
How does Lady Macbeth demonstrate the behavior she suggested for Macbeth in scene v?
she is very welcoming and says that everything in the house is theirs but inside she knows that she is planning to kill him
In Macbeth's soliloquy, why does he have second thoughts about killing Duncan? What is the "double trust" under which Duncan is in the castle? What "spur" motivates Macbeth?
because of the consequences that will come out of it; He is his kinsman, subject, and his hostess also Duncan's Kingly virtues, only reason to kill him is ambition;
Why does Lady Macbeth (I.vi.37), reprimand Macbeth and then call him a coward? Does Macbeth deserve to be labeled a coward? Explain.
because he doesn't want go thru with the plan and kill him; No, because a noble man wouldn't stab his good king in the back especially after he just promoted him.
How does the end of Act I end Macbeth's inner conflict? How does the audience know he has finalized his decision?
he says that he is settled on it and will make sure he will kill him
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: "I have.../ only / Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself / And falls on the other"
Macbeth - crowd; the only thing that could motivate him to kill him is ambition; shows that the king has done nothing to deserve it.
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: "Art thou a feared / To be the same in thine own act and valour / As thou art in desire?
Lady - Macbeth; Lady is basically calling him a chicken for not acting on his desire
Speaker, To Whom, Significance: "But screw your courage to the sticking place, / And we'll not fail"
Lady - Macbeth; If he has courage then nothing will go wrong; she is trying to reassure him that everything would go fine.