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Macbeth Act 4-5 Test
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"something wicked this way comes"
The witches say this on sensing Macbeth's approach Macbeth is ironically seen as nothing but evil - compare this with the image of the noble solider at the start of the play.
Macbeth choses to see his future
- An armed head that looks like Macduff
- Witches warn Macbeth of Macduff
- Bloody Child
- No one born of women will harm Macbeth ( thinks that no one can harm him than because everyone is born from a woman)
"Macbeth shall never vanquished be until / Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill / Shall come against him."
Whites show Macbeth 8 kings that rumble the spirt of Banquo
"very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand"
he will immediately carry out what his heart tells him to do without 2nd thought
reasons why kill scene was shown
- Macbeth starts to kill innocent people
- Macbeth has completely changed
- audience losses sympathy for Macbeth
- Macbeth down fall
"black Macbeth will seem as pure as snow and the poor state esteem him (Macbeth) as a lamb"
"only someone who has no children would be able to do such a thing
" she should have died hereafter"
lady Macbeth should have died at a different time
" there would have been time for such a word"
Macbeth could have grieved about Lady Macbeth death
"creep in this petty pace from day to day"
Macbeth's future is slowly creeping up on him an insignificant pace
"to the last syllable of recorded time"
Until I die
"and all our yesterdays have lightened fools"
both the future and the past leads to death
"the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle"
giving up on life
"life's but a walking shadow, a poor player"
shadows ver Macbeth
"thats trusts and frets his hour upon the stage"
a bad actor/quick
"and than is heard no more. It is a tale"
life is a story
"Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury"
sounds= noise/ emotion
everyone dies and life is pointless
What is Lady Macbeth's mental state in Scene 1? Why are the doctor and the gentlewoman watching her? What does the gentlewoman refuse to tell the doctor? Why?
Mental state: lonely and has gone insane
Watching her: because Lady Macbeth has been sleep walking and saying things in her sleep which was not common during this time
Refuses to tell her: what Lady Macbeth is saying in her sleep because she feels it is not her place to tell Lady Macbeth's secrets
While Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking, to what three prior events does she refer? To which event does she keep going back to? Why?
1: murder of Banquo
2: murder of Duncan
3: murder of Macduff family
Keeps going back to Duncan because that was the only one she was involved in
Why is it an "accustomed action" for Lady Macbeth to wash her hands while sleepwalking?
Lady Macbeth thinks by washing her hands she is washing the blood of Duncan off her hands
What are the conditions in Scotland?
Scotland - out of control, starving people, murdering, stealing, no laws.
What is Macbeth's mood in Scene 3? Why does he remain confident of surviving the battle with Malcolm's army despite his own troops' destruction?
Mood in scene 3: cautious and edgy
Remains calm: because after hearing the witches prediction of macbeths future nothing can hurt him
What is the importance of the camouflage in Scene 4?
used branches in the woods to make it seem life the woods was coming to get Macbeth and to hide just how many were coming after Macbeth
What news does Seyton bring Macbeth in Scene 5? What in the messenger's report makes Macbeth fear that the apparition's third prophecy is coming true?
Seyton tells Macbeth that Lady Macbeth killed herself
Macbeth gets scared because that means the woods are moving at what the witches said and what he thought to be true wasn't true
What changes in Macbeth's personality are seen in Scene 5, lines 9-14?
Macbeth starts to become fearful and scared and is going back to his old ways
What is the importance of Malcolm's speech in Scene 6?
Malcoms speech shows that he should have been king all along and he has the traits for a king
In Scene 7, why does Macbeth tell Macduff he does not wish to fight him? What does Macduff tell Macbeth concerning the apparitions second prophecy? How does Macduff reveal Macbeth's doom?
Macbeth tells macduff that he doesn't want to fight hi because he's too guilty for killing his family
Macduff kills Macbeth
macduff technically wasn't born from a woman he was ripped out of one
What is the significance of Malcolm's ascension to the throne?
Malcoms throne is what should have happened from the very beginning it was always his destiny
Macbeth, mad and murderous though he is, shows certain admirable traits to the very end. What are some of his better traits?
- feels upset about lady Macbeth's death
- feels sorry for killing Macduff family
relationship between man and nature in Shakespeare drama
Macbeth becomes king throws if the system of being macduff becoming king is what should have happened from the start
fights till the very end
Theme of Macbeth
ambition can be very dangerous no matter who you are and can lead toward a very dark path
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