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British Literature- Macbeth
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What object did Macbeth hallucinate at the beginning of the act? What does this moment show us about his mental state? (Act 2)
A hallucination of a dagger in the air in front of him with the top of the blade aiming at Duncan and the handle toward him. His mental state is unstable- anxious, uneasy about killing Duncan
Why was Lady Macbeth unable to kill Duncan?
Because Duncan resembled her father~ a glimpse at her feelings- shows her call to darkness did not work
Lady Macbeth says, "My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white." Who is she speaking to and what does it mean?
She is speaking to Macbeth. Her hands are of the same color (i.e. blood) but Macbeth feels bad (guilty-anxious-distraught-hallucinogenic)
What are Malcolm and Donalbain's motivations for leaving after Duncan is killed?
They are afraid they will be accused or be the next one killed
What is the significance of the porter? Do you believe his words better reflect Macbeth or Lady Macbeth's thoughts after the assassination?
Comic relief/mirrors acton of the house
Lady Macbeth- violent (gateway to hell)
Why wasn't Macbeth questioned for the killing of the guards?
States how much he loved Duncan and Lady Macbeth faints as a distraction
What is equivocation? Which character in Act Two uses it?
Different things that mean the same thing (2 words/2 speeches). The Porter.
Why does Ross inform the old man about the actions of Duncan's horses?
Nature mirrors reality- evil acts=bad nature
Metaphor- Macbeth breaks out of his rank and kills one of his own
How have Macbeth and Lady Macbeth switched roles in Act Three?
They have switched roles by Macbeth cowers and is scared while Lady Macbeth is more like the man.
What is the first apparition that Macbeth sees and what does it tell him (Act Four)?
Armed head; beware Macduff
Why does Malcolm say that there is "no end to [his] voluptuousness?"
He wants to test Macduff's loyalty to Scotland
What does denotation mean?
The literal, dictionary meaning of a word
Which main character does not appear in Act Four?
Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, King of Scotland; Tragic Flaw- vaulting ambition. Kills- Duncan, Banquo, Macduff's family, Guards, Young Siward; killed and beheaded by Macduff
Asks the forces of darkness to "unsex her", no children, places the daggers on the guards and get them drunk; can't kill duncan- bc he looks like her father, loses her mind- kills herself
Macbeth's best friend, father to Fleance, hears prophecy and sees the witches, kids will be king killed by murderers that Macbeth orders, his ghost haunts Macbeth
Banquo's son, will be king, flees and we don't know where he went...
King of Scotland, noble, well-liked, naive, trusts to easily, killed by Macbeth, his murder is framed by the guards, father of Donalbain and Malcolm, names Malcolm king
The Three Witches
-There are 3
-Appear 4 times
-Last appear in Act IV scene 1
-Gives macbeth and Banquo prophecies
Goddess of mischief/magic/witchcraft
-Ruler of the witches
-Wants to ruin Macbeth
-Instruct the witches to deliberately deceive Macbeth and give him a false sense of security
Nobleman-cousin of Lady Macduff-delivers news of Macduff that family is dead
Nobleman, family is murdered by Macbeth, beheads Macbeth, from his mother's womb "untimely ripped," vengeful, considered a traitor by Lady Macduff
Ashamed of her husband for abandoning her, bitter, killed by Macbeth's murderers, gives us a negative world view (violent people prosper)
Eldest son of Duncan, flees to England, leads English forces in invading Scotland, tests Macduff's loyalty by lying about his character
Youngest son of Duncan, flees to Ireland, never seen again in the play
Keeper of Macbeth's castle (hell's gate), equivocator (covering up the truth by lying using words that have double meanings), drunk, provides comic relief
Assigned to kill Banquo and Fleance, poor, starving, desperate men, who need to kill or otherwise they will be killed
Act 1 Scene 1
Act 1 Scene 2
Captain dies, Macbeth is a brave warrior, Thane of Cawdor is a traitor, caught, and will be killed - war going on, Norwegians
Act 1 Scene 3
Witches prophecies to Macbeth and Banquo
Macbeth: Thane of Glamis/Cawdor and King Hereafter
Banquo: Not so lucky/happy yet much luckier/happier, shalt get kings but he be done
Act 1 Scene 4
Duncan names Malcolm heir to throne - Macbeth acknowledges hs had to "overleap Malcolm" in order to be king
Act 1 Scene 5
Lady Macbeth soliloquy (call to darkness, unsex me here), pushing Macbeth to be king
Act 1 Scene 6
King arrives & Lady Macbeth is being super nice to him
Act 1 Scene 7
Macbeth's first soliloquy, ambition leads him to want to murder, Lady Macbeth taunts his manliness to get him to murder the king
Act 2 Scene 1
Banquo and Macbeth say they'll talk about the prophecies, hallucinating dagger
Act 2 Scene 2
Lady Macbeth gets the guards drunk, Macbeth murders Duncan, Lady Macbeth has to clean up (put daggers on the guards), "my hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white."
Act 2 Scene 3
Porter, comic relief, opening the doors to the castle but also the doors to hell, uses equivocation; Macduff enters, discovers Duncan's body, Macbeth kills the guards, killed because he loves the king so much, Lady Macbeth faints to make a distraction, Malcolm and Donalbain run away
Act 2 Scene 4
Horses "eating each other"- symbol for Macbeth betraying the king (killing your own kind)
Act 3 Scene 1
Banquo wonders about Macbeth, Banquo and Fleance leave but Macbeth vows to murder them, Macbeth hires the murderers, tells them Banquo is to blame for their poverty
Act 3 Scene 2
Lady Macbeth starts to see her hubby change- Macbeth hints at murdering Banquo and Fleance, starts to become more assertive
Act 3 Scene 3
Murderers kill Banquo, Fleance flees
Act 3 Scene 4
Banquet, Macbeth finds out Banquo is murdered but Fleance gets away, sees Banquo's ghost (freaks out), Lady Macbeth says he's "ill"- had been since he was a kid
Act 3 Scene 5
Witches talk with Hecate; she orders them to deliberately deceive Macbeth
Act 3 Scene 6
People are suspicious of Macbeth- Macduff refuses to come to castle
Act 4 Scene 1
Macbeth goes to visit the witches
Armed Head- Beware Macduff
Bloody Child- no man of woman born shall harm Macbeth
Kid with a tree- Til Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane hill, no one shall harm
Then sees Banquo's line of kings (last one with a mirror)- Macbeth vows to kill Macduff's whole family
Act 4 Scene 2
Lady Macduff tells her son his father is dead, traitor, irony is that she is lying and she will be killed, get description about the world (violent people get rewarded)
Act 4 Scene 3
Malcolm and Macduff chat- Malcolm tries to deceive Macduff to test his loyalty (first time he has ever lied)- Macduff finds out his family is killed ("feel it like a man")- Malcolm vows to go to Scotland with English forces
Act 5 Scene 1
Act 5 Scene 2
Act 5 Scene 3
Act 5 Scene 4
Act 5 Scene 5
Macbeth finds out that Lady Macbeth has died and is also told that the Birnam Woods are moving towards Dunsinane. Macbeth is very upset and angry and thinks back to his prophecy about the Birnam Woods.
Act 5 Scene 6
Malcolm brings the English soldiers to Scotland and fight in a battle against Macbeth and his troops of Scotland.
Act 5 Scene 7
Macbeth kills many men without remorse. He also does not fear being killed due to the witches' prophecy that "no man born of woman can harm him". He believes that he won't die, so he just slaughters many men without doubts of being killed or harmed.
Act 5 Scene 8
What meter do the witches speak in? Why is this important? (Act 1)
Trochaic tetrameter because they are creepy and sets them apart as evil.
What is the first prophecy that Macbeth hears from the witches? What is the first prophecy that Banquo hears from the witches? (Act 1)
1. Thane of Glamis (already)
1. Lesser than Macbeth and greater (paradox)
Why does Lady Macbeth call on the forces of darkness to "unsex" her? (Act 1)
Easier to murder someone if she is more manly.
How do Lady Macbeth and Macbeth plan to kill the king? (Act 1)
Duncan goes to sleep, get the guards drunk, then use their swords to stab Duncan, frame guards with bloody knives.
What is beginning to emerge as Macbeth's tragic flaw? Explain your answer at length. (Act 1)
What is the significance of the porter? Do you believe his words better reflect Macbeth or Lady Macbeth's thoughts after the assassination? (Act 2)
Moment of levity~ comic relief
Mirrors action of the house
Lady Macbeth~ violent (gate to hell)
Why does Ross inform the old man about the actions of Duncan's horses? (Act 2)
Nature mirrors reality - evil acts = bad nature
Metaphor~ Macbeth breaks out of his rank and kills one of his own
Why did Lady Macbeth remember her father in a time of moral corruption? Was it a glimpse at her vulnerability? (Act 2)
Duncan resembled her father
A glimpse at her feelings- shows her call to darkness didn't work
What is Macbeth's mental state after he murders Duncan? (Act 2)
Why wasn't Macbeth questioned for the killing of the guards? Are the other characters turning their heads or are they blinded by other events? (Act 2)
Because he discusses how much he loved Duncan to kill for him (blinded by rage)
The other characters are distracted from this when Lady Macbeth faints
Does Macbeth say anything that makes the reader think that he regrets murdering Duncan? (Act 2)
Yes he hopes that Duncan could wake from the knocking.
"Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would tho couldst!"
What are Malcolm and Donalbain's motivations for leaving after Duncan is killed? (Act 2)
They fear that they too will be murdered if they stay.
How have Macbeth and Lady Macbeth switched roles in this act? (Act 3)
Macbeth has ordered the murder of Banquo, Macbeth is becoming more assertive, more self assured
What is Macbeth really gaining during his reign as king of Scotland? List 2 positive
and 2 negative qualities. (Act 3)
-Positive: power, money, wealth, control
-Negative: insomnia, hallucination, paranoia, losing his soul
Macbeth states to Lady Macbeth: What does this quote mean? (Act 3)
Murders are just beginning
Want to sleep- but their guilt keeps them awake
What are the three apparitions that Macbeth sees and what does each tell him? (Act 4)
1. An armed head- Beware Macduff
2. A bloody child- no man of woman born shall harm Macbeth
3. A child holding a tree- As long as Birnam Wood does not move to Dunsinane Hill, Macbeth shall not be harmed
What do the witches show Macbeth after the apparitions? (Act 4)
Banquo's line of children (8 kids, last one has a mirror)- Banquo's ghost
What does Lady Macduff say to her son? (Act 4)
His father is a traitor
What happens to Macduff's family and why? (Act 4)
All murdered because of Macbeth's paranoia
How does Malcolm test Macduff? (Act 4)
He lies to Macduff to make sure Macduff cares about Scotland
How does Macbeth prove to be a tragic figure in this act? (Act 5)
A good person turns bad because of their fatal flaw (ambition)- glimpse of the person they could be (Macbeth fights Macduff- offers not to kill him)
Why does Lady Macbeth keep light with her continually? (Act 5)
Because she is afraid of the dark; she doesn't want to see all the horrible things that have happened
What is the doctor's response to Lady Macbeth? (Act 5)
He cannot help her
How is Young Siward a foil to Macbeth? (Act 5)
He is a noble warrior, dies in battle- shows the good side of being a soldier
How does each of the prophecies come true? (Act 5)
Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor, and then King. Birnam wood moves to Dunsinane hill when Malcolm's army puts on flora from Birnam and moves up Dunsinane Hill. Macbeth is killed by a non woman born Macduff, who he also feared.
What happens to Macbeth? Lady Macbeth? (Act 5)
Macbeth is beheaded by Macduff
Lady Macbeth kills herself
Who becomes king? (Act 5)
What questions are unresolved at the end of the play? (Act 5)
Where did Fleance go? Will Banquo's children be kings?
Comic episodes in a dramatic or literary work that offset more serious sections
An idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning
The literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests
The use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself; prevarication
Character whose personality is opposite to another
Refers to a certain kind of line of poetry, and has to do with the number of syllables in the line and the emphasis placed on those syllables
A statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory
A failing of character in the hero of a tragedy that brings about his downfall
Protagonist of the story
Means that the poem has four trochees. A trochee is a long syllable, or stressed syllable, followed by a short, or unstressed, one
1. "So foul and fair a day I have no seen"
2. "Fair is foul and foul is fair"
3. "too full of the milk of human kindness"
4. Lady Macbeth's call to darkness - unsex me here
5. "The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step / On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,"
1. Macbeth says in a way, the the day has been foul and bad, but also fair and good
2. The witches are foul, but give fair advice.
3. Lady Macbeth to Macbeth
4. She calls on evil to give her the power to be able to kill
5. Macbeth is talking aside, thinking that the only way he can become king is if he either step over Duncan, or give him up, because he's in his way of the throne
"My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white."
Lady Macbeth is talking to Macbeth after the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth is saying that she has the same blood on her hands, but she does not feel guilty
1. "Come, we'll to sleep. My strange and self-abuse / Is the initiate fear that wants hard use: / We are yet but young in deed."
2. "To be thus is nothing; / But to be safely thus"
3. "We hear, our bloody cousins are bestow'd / In England and in Ireland, not confessing / Their cruel parricide"
1. Lady Macbeth during her sleepwalk. She is referring to the murder.
2. Macbeth- to be king is nothing, unless you are safe
1. "Double double toil and trouble"
2. "By the pricking of my thumbs, / Something wicked this way comes. / Open, locks, / Whoever knocks!"
3. "This deed I'll do before this purpose cool. / But no more sights!"
4. "Whither should I fly? / I have done no harm. But I remember now / I am in this earthly world; where to do harm / Is often laudable, to do good sometime / Accounted dangerous folly: why then, alas, / Do I put up that womanly defence, / To say I have done no harm?"
1. The witches are performing a spell
2. The witches, when they hear Macbeth coming
4. She is debating whether she should go or not. She is saying she did no physical harm but in the earth harm is done even at a young age. Yet to do good can be a dangerous mistake. So should I say I have done no harm?
"What need we / fear who knows it, when none can call our power to
account?--Yet who would have thought the old man / to have had so much blood in him."
Lady Macbeth during one of her sleepwalks. She is referring to the night of the murder, when she tells Macbeth to wash his hands so that they are not questioned. She makes the doctor suspicious of her and that she may have been involved in the murder of Duncan.
"Foul whisperings are abroad: unnatural deeds / Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds / To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets:"
"She should have died hereafter; / There would have been a time for such a word."
"Despair thy charm; / And let the angel whom thou still hast served / Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb / Untimely ripp'd."
"Lay on, Macduff, / And damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'"
Macbeth is in battle with Macduff. He realizes now that Macduff is not of woman born, and that Birnam wood has moved to Dunsinane Hill. All of the witches prophecies have all come true. Macbeth doesn't want to fight Macduff because he already took his family from him, so he says whoever is the first to give up will die, which is ultimately Macbeth.
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