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Compare the witches' speech patter with Macbeth's
Witches rhyme, talk together, when apart, short blurbs, with animals usually involved, tetrameter. Macbeth: pentameter
What effect is Shakespeare creating by alter speech patterns like this?
To set up contrast with the witches child like singsong. Draws Macbeth in by this
Head wearing Helmet: military threat, warns beware of Macduff. Possible foreshadowing of Macbeth's head
Bloody Child: No one born of women will harm Macbeth, Delphic Oracle, Macduff led an army and killed Macbeth
Child with the Tree in Hand: he will be safe until Brinham Wood comes to Dunsinane
What, after this, does Macbeth resolve?
He's going to kill Macduff even though he was warned to be aware of him
Please with the info, what one further thing does Macbeth desire to know and what is the answer he gets?
That Banquo's posterity will still reign as kings of Scotland. Eight Kings appear with Banquo pointing at them. The 8th has a mirror showing another line of kings
What is the significance of this scene?
James is the 8th King with the mirror. Tells him that his family will rule. They talk about the kings having 3scepters and 2 orbs, indicating that a person has land and a crown. 3rd scepter is the New World
What news does Lennox give to Macbeth?
Macduff fled to England
What is Macbeth's response?
He waited to kill Macduff, and he fled, so he'll act immediately
What is his resolve at the end of this scene? How is this different from his previous actions?
He is going to attack Fife and kill Lady Macduff and kids. His actions have a disconnection. It was planed. He just did it
What does Shakespeare achieve with the conversation between Ross and Lady Macduff?
Lady Macduff has no idea what's going on. To show the difference in eras. Ups the pathos appeals. Cruel, miserable tone
What is the purpose of the exchange between Lady Macduff and her son?
The exchange is comedy. He's being sassy. Teasing back and forth. Connect audience to characters. Foreboding for their death
What effect is created by the messengers entering to warn Lady Macduff?
Foreshadowing and anticipation to their death
Why does Shakespeare show the son's murder onstage?
1: Violence for the pit people 2: He's a son. The heirs and sons. Since Macbeth doesn't have sons, he kills everyone else's
What additional evidence does Shakespeare give his audience that Macbeth is a tyrant?
Birth rates falling, nobles being killed. Women are widowed, orphans are crying
What suspicion of Macduff does Malcolm voice?
How do I know you aren't Macbeth's agent? "you've loved him well"
How do Malcolm's comments about Macbeth again bring to mind the fair is foul theme?
"Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell."
What literary device is Shakespeare employing when Malcolm says "Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell"?
allusion to Lucifer-bearer of light
What is it that makes Malcolm suspicious of Macduff's motives?
left Scotland without his wife and children
How does Macbeth test Macduff's honesty?
He lies about his own character. He claims that he's worse than Macbeth
How does Macduff nearly fail the test?
He seems way too eager to excuse Malcolm's comments
What finally convinces Malcolm?
Macduff says he will stay in exile
What purpose does the brief dialogue about Edward the Confessor's alleged ability to heal serve?
Known as a priest, monk, powers of healing. James believes he has this power. Flattery that James is related ot Edward the Confessor
After receiving word of his family's slaughter, what does Macduff resolve?
He is going to kill Macbeth