English 2: Macbeth Studyguide

macbeth Who do the witches want to meet in Act 1, Scene 1?
the sergeant informs duncan that mcdonwald is dead What information does the Sergeant inform King Duncan?
Macbeth Who will receive the thane of cawdors’ title?
Captain “but all’s too weak; for brave Macbeth, disdaining fortune,”(speaking to Malcolm and Duncan in scene 2)
That he will become thane of cawdor. What do the witches tell Macbeth?
he believes the predictions but is very skeptical. How does Banquo react to the witches’ prediction?
Lady Macbeth “look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.”(spoken to Macbeth, referring to being a coward)
Macbeth now desires to become king because of the prophecies from the witches. Macbeth says, “Stars, hide your fires. Let not light see my black and deep desires.” What does Macbeth desire?
she thinks he is a coward and he needs to have more courage. What is Lady Macbeth’s opinion of her husband?
To help her get away with the murder. What does Lady Macbeth’s pray to the spirits for?
To kill the king in his sleep and put the blood on the guards to make the guards look guilty and then kill the guards and say it was revenge for the king. What strategy does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth?
Because Duncan trusts Macbeth and he will be betraying his friend if he kills Duncan. What specific reasons does Macbeth list for why he shouldn’t kill King Duncan?
Lady Macbeth calls Macbeth a coward and questions his bravery and ability to be a man. How does Lady Macbeth successfully convince Macbeth to her plan? What does she insult or question?
Lady Macbeth plans to drug the guards, have Macbeth kill the king and the guards, but make it look like the guards are guilty. What is Lady Macbeth’s plan for the guards?
Banquo tells Macbeth that the prophecy has begun to come true. What does Banquo say to Macbeth about the witches’ prophecy?
Macbeth imagines a dagger. What does Macbeth see at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?
Lady Macbeth says she cannot kill Duncan because he reminds her of her father. At the beginning of Scene 2, why does Lady Macbeth say that she can’t kill King Duncan?
He is too ashamed of what he has done and he knows that it is a sin against God, so saying “Amen” after killing would be even more of a sin. Why can’t Macbeth say “Amen” after he returns from killing King Duncan?
He says he hears someone say “Macbeth does murder sleep” because he is ashamed of what he has done and it is kinda cowardly that he murdered him in his sleep. What does Macbeth mean when he says he hears someone say, “Macbeth does murder sleep”?
This reference to hell is appropriate because people inside have been murdered and he is referencing that the people at the would be entering a hell-like place. In the porter’s soliloquy in 2.3, the porter pretends to be the porter of hell’s gate. Why is this reference to hell appropriate given what has happened at Inverness?
Macbeth “i have done the deed. didst thou not hear a noise?”(spoken to lady macbeth, referring to the murders)
they plan to flee fro their lives, off to England and Ireland. what do Duncan’s sons plan to do for their lives?
Macbeth does not directly say the word “murder” because he is ashamed of what he has done and does not want to consider himself the type of person to murder. Macbeth uses various metaphors and euphemisms (inoffensive or indirect expressions) for Duncan’s murder. List at least one and explain why Macbeth does not directly say the word “murder.”
Because it was Lady Macbeth who came up with the idea to murder the king. To Lady Macbeth, Macduff says, “Oh, gentle lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition in a woman’s ear, Would murder as it fell.” What is ironic about Macduff’s statement?
Malcolm “why do we hold our tongues?”(aside to Donalbain, about their father’s murder)
That he killed the guards in service of his murdered king, so that he would look less guilty of killing the king. What story does Macbeth give for why he killed King Duncan’s guards? Why did he really kill them?
malcolm- EnglandDonalbain- Ireland When Malcolm and Donalbain hear of their father’s murder, they flee. Where does each brother go?
No Does Ross believe that Malcolm and Donalbain are to blame for King Duncan’s death?
He is kind of shocked that the witches prediction was true. What does Banquo think about Macbeth’s ascension to the throne as the king of Scotland?
He believes that his predictions will come true too. How does Banquo feel about his prediction now that he sees that the witches’ predictions for Macbeth have now come true?
Macbeth “so shall i, love, and pray be you.”(spoken to lady macbeth)
Banquo and his son Who does Macbeth want to kill next?
Macbeth “Sweet remembrancer!-now good digestion wait on appetite and health on both!”(spoken to lady macbeth, referring to baquos ghost)