Act One Act One
What three predictions do the witches make for Macbeth and Banquo? 1. Macbeth will became Thane of Cawdor2.King of Scotland3.Banquos children will become kings
How does Banquo react to the prophecies? He thought that the witches were a little crazy and we doubted their existance, he thought they were evil
What is the “double trust” that makes Macbeth hesitate to kill Duncan? He hesitates because he has a “double bond” as kingsman and subject. (He also knows killing is morally wrong and that he could get punished)
When we are first introduced to Macbeth, what is the reader’s initial impression? He is weak and loyal to his duty and the king. With the witches predictions he gets confused and questions the meaning of it all
What impression do you form of lady Macbeth Act 1? The first impression the reader has of Lady Macbeth is that she is determined and the strong one in the relationship; she controles Macbeth and is very greedy
Shakespeare ends Act 1 with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plotting the murder of Duncan. How exactly do they plan to kill him? They plan to poison the guards at the castle so Macbeth can go kill Duncan while he is asleep in his room then no one will know who killed the King because the guards will be drunk
What major themes are introduced in Act One and with which characters are they associated at this time? The Supernatural-because of the witches predictions starting to come true. Another theme can be Betrayal- because Duncan trusted Macbeth and Macbeth did not respect the trust and killed him
What is Macbeth’s hallucination before he murders Duncan? Macbeth hallucinates about a floating dagger just before he goes to kill Duncan. The dagger shows that Macbeth is confused and disoriented at this time
Why do Duncans sons decide to leave Scotland? For fear of getting killed because they are the next succesors to the throne
In Scene 2, why couldn’t Macbeth say “Amen” when VOICE SAID “God Bless us”? Macbeth didn’t say Amen because he truly felt giulty for what he had done and because it was part of his hallucinations
The images of blood and water are interwoven in lines 55-68 of Scene 2. What does each suggest? Water suggests freedom and purness, while blood is the opposite. The macbethstry to wash their bloody hands with water to clean themselves of the murder
How do the different attitudes of Macbeth and his wife to their bloodstained hands serve point up the basic difference in their characters? Macbeth feels very guilty at first with all that blood in his hands, he even brought the dagger back with him. Lady Macbeth does not feel guilty at all. She even says “Lets just wash it off” as if it was that easy
What propchecy does Banquo recall at the end of the opening of Act III. How does Macbeth react to the prophecy? Banquo recalls the witches prophecy, that by now two have become true, because he is now king. Macbeth reacts with fear because he knows the 3rd prophecy is in Banquos advantage (Kids Kings)
Describe the change between Macbeth and his wife? What does this reveal about Macbeth’s moral state? Ast the play continues, macbeth becomes more cruel and evil while Lady Macbeth now has fear and isnt as strong as before. The roles have changed
Why is the banquet scene in which Banquos ghost appears, the climax or turning point of Macbeth? It really shocked him to see Banquo at his coronation. He felt ill and went to bed. Macbeth showed weakness
Hecate and the witches call up three separate apparitions for Macbeth. A. What are they?B. Why is Macbeth oblivious to the hidden meanings in the witches prophecies?
A.1.”Beware Macduff;Beware the Thane of Fife”2.”None of woman born shall harm Macbeth”3.”No me la se” B.Macbeth is so confident with his power he doesnt believe anything can stop him
Why does Macbeth decide to murder Macduff’s family? A. How does this decision differ from his decisions to murder Dunccan and BanquoB. What does this indicate about the development of Machbeth’s character?
a. Macbeth sends a messenger to kill Macduff’s family. He feared of Macduff b. Macbeth becomes more cruel and headstrong he doesnt think of anyone but himself and his power
What does Malcolm say to try to help Macduff control his grief and redirect his emotions? Malcolm says/tells Macduff to stop crying and for revenge, to concentrate on killing Macbeth
Tragedy moves the audience to sympathy. If Macbeth were nothing but the story of an evil man and his violent crimes, it would not have the power to move us as it does. The central figure of the play is a tragic hero- a man of imagination and courage, with a fatal weakness, or tragic flaw, in his character that leads to his downfall, even though he experiences some sort of redemption. a. What is that flaw and how does it destroy him?b.Does Lady Macbeth share this flaw? Support your answer
a. Macbeth’s tragic flaw and what brings him his downfall is his greed and over confidence. All that hunger for power is what in the end killed Macbeth b. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth’s flaw was greed as well. But as the play progressed, her greed changed into fear. Greed brought both characters to their end.