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Explain how this entire scene is ironic
Lady Macbeth said don't dwell on the killing of Duncan because it will drive you mad. She ends up going mad because of it.
What is ironic about Lady Macbeth's constant handwashing?
A little cleans us of the dead, but she constantly looks at her hands and rubs them together
What does the Doctor's "foul is whisperings are abroad" speech echo?
Reference to augurs and magpies. Once the chain of being gets out of order, so will nature. Nature reflects what's happening
What effect is Shakespeare creating with this sequence of short scenes that follow one another so closely?
The amount of little scenes is intended to rush the rest of play. Foreboding, fate is moving on them
Whos side are Lennox, Angus, Meneith, and Caithness on?
They're against Macbeth
What do they say about the men that Macbeth commands?
The soldiers aren't loyal to Macbeth. They're following out of necessity. won't be hard to make them change sides
What is Maceth's lament in his "my way of life is fallen into the sear" speech?
He can't have a family, he can't trust anyone, he has no honor. He realizes how barren his life is
What is Lady Macbeth's condition and how does Macbeth believe it could be cured?
She consumed with obsessive thoughts about the murder. If he could purge her guilt, she'd be okay
What tactical strategy does Malcolm take?
He uses bows of Burnham wood to disguise the army
In reaction to the news that Lady Macbeth is dead, Macbeth delivers his most famous soliloquy. What does its message say?
He's sad, but not like he would be in Act 1. He sees his life ending. He thinks you're only alive for so long. Look at what we did and now we're no where
What does Macbeth recognize and how does it fit in with the "fair is foul" theme?
Recognizes what he thought were promises from the witches were actually tricks. He thought it was going to be good, but they are all equivocations
As bad as things look for Macbeth, why does he still scorn his opponents?
He believes he's still okay even though two prophecies have come true.
What is the meaning of Siward's statement that Macbeth's men "on both sides do fight"?
Deserting him and fighting for the other side
What information does Macduff tell Macbeth that makes him frightened?
He tells Macbeth that he was born by c-section
What is Macbeth's response?
an "oh crap" moment. realizes the third prophecy is happening
Why does he quickly change his mind about fighting?
He refuses to bow to Malcolm. He would rather die as a warrior
On what note does the play end?
Order is restored. Malcolm becomes king