Macbeth Act 1

What is the point of the first scene literally and in reference to the whole play? Sets the theme for the play. They are going to bring about Macbeth’s downfall.
What does Duncan call Macbeth when he hears Macbeth has defeated Macdonwald? A valiant cousin
Who is sentenced to death? Thane of Cawdor
What do the witches predict in act 1 sene 3 for Macbeth? For Banquo? Macbeth is Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and the King.Banquo is lesser than Macbeth but greater. He will not be king but his kids will.
What news does Ross bring Macbeth? That he is Thane of Cawdor.
Banquo, like Macbeth, is surprised that the witches have predicted Macbeth’s new title. He is, however, leery. What does he say about the motives of the “instruments of darkness”? He says they often tell of good things which may happen without telling the bad consequences
Malcolm describes Cawdor’s last moments before execution, what is Duncan’s response? You can’t tell what is in a person’s heart by looking at his face. (Things are not what they seem!)
Macbeth says, “Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black and deep desires.” What are Macbeth’s desires? He now desires to be the king, and he realizes that something will have to be done with the present king (and his sons) before his desires can become reality
After Lady Macbeth reads the letter, what does she tell us is her opinion of Macbeth, and how does she plan to help him Lady Macbeth thinks Macbeth could be a good king, but he lacks the hardheartedness which would allow him to get to the position. She’ll talk him into it.
What is Lady Macbeth’s “prayer” to the spirits after she learns Duncan is coming She wants to be filled with cruelty, given a hard heart and the thick blood necessary to do what has to be done in order to make Macbeth king
What advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth when he arrives home? She tells him he must learn to look innocent even when his heart is full of evil. He has to learn to hide his true feelings. (Things not being as they seem!)
What are Macbeth’s agreements to himself against killing Duncan? If Macbeth kills Duncan, then he is setting a precedent that subjects can kill kings and be rewarded with the kingship (around 8-10). Macbeth is Duncan’s kinsman and his subject, as well as his host. (12-16). Duncan is a good king and virtuous man; he has done no particular evil. Duncan is a popular king, and his death would bring sorrow and unrest upon Scotland (16-20 and to end).
What argue ants does Lady Macbeth use to convince Macbeth to commit murder? She questions his manhood. Man or Mouse? No way they can fail. Must keep his promise.
What is Lady Macbeth’s plan? Get the guards drunk, kill Duncan, use the guards daggers and smear blood on them.