Macbeth Act 1

Which characters begin the story, and what might this foreshadow? The story begins with the 3 witches, and this might foreshadow evil and danger
What is the paradox that the witches speak? The say ” Fair is foul, and foul is fair ”.
Who are the two sides in the battle, and , according to the bleeding sergeant , who is winning? The Scots are fighting the Norwegians who are being led by Madonwald and are winning the battle
Who does Macbeth kill, and how He kills Madonwald by splitting him from his navel to his jaws
Why does Ross tell the king about the Thane of Cawdor He says the Thane of Cawdor assisted Seno, the king of Norway
What three titles do the witches call Macbeth ” All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Gamis !”” All hail, Macbeth hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!”” All hail, Macbeth, that shawl be King thereafter !”
What three paradoxes do the witches speak to Banquo? ” Lesse than Macbeth, and greater ”” Not so happy, yet much happier”” Thou shlt kings. though thou be none ”
What news do Ross and Angus bring? King Duncan has made Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor
Contrast Macbeth’s and Banquo’s reactions to the witches’ message and Macbeth’s new title Banquo continues to be skeptical. Macbeth is shocked by the images in his mind ( of murder ) , but thinks he might actually become king – possibly without murder
Explain the dramatic irony in King Duncan referring to the thane of Cawdor as ” gentlemen on whom I built an absolute trust ” We suspect that Macbeth will also betray King Duncan
When Lady Macbeth reads the letter from her husband, how does she react? She immediately plots to kill Duncan but worries Macbeth won’ t want to do this
How does King Duncan describe Inverness, Macbeth’s castle He describes it as pleasant
Describe Macbeth’s INNER CONFLICT during his soliloquy He doesn’t want to go through with the murder. He is torn between ambition and loyalty
What reason does Macbeth give for changing his mind? He is proud of his new life and presstige
Characterize Lady Macbeth She’s ambitious, opportunistic, unyielding, cruel, manipulative, crafty, and insincere
Describe the relationship between Macbeth and his wife. She dominates him and bends his will to her own
Explain Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s plot They will kill Duncan and make it appear as if the guards did it
” Fair is foul, and foul is fair ” The 3 witches- symbolize the evil within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
” What we hath lost noble Macbeth hath won ” King Duncan – makes Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor bc he believes that Macbeth has earned it and is loyal to him
” Stars, hide your fires. Let not light see my black and deep desires ” Macbeth – hopes hat King Duncan won’t be able to see his true intensions
” Yet I do fear thy nature. It is too full oh the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way ” Lady Macbeth – thinks her husband is too gentle to commit the murder
” Looks like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under the ” Lady M tells her husband to appear innocent as he secretly plans the murder

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