Macbeth Act 1 Quiz- Simile/Metaphor

“This is the sergeant Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought ‘Gainst my captivity”(9) Speaker/About who: Duncan is talking about MalcolmWhat is being compared: Duncan is comparing Malcolm to a soldierWhat this suggests: This suggest that Duncan respects Malcolm and thinks that he is worthy of the position of king.
“Yes, as sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion if I say sooth”(11) Speaker/About who: The captain is talking about Macbeth and Banquo What is being compared: The fighting of Macbeth and Banquo is being compared to the viciousness eagles or lionsWhat this suggests: This suggests that the two are not afraid to do anything and are loyal and proud to fight on behalf of their country
“Her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ th’ Tiger; But in a sieve I’ll thither sail, And, like a rat without a tail, I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do.” (15) Speaker/About who: The first witch is speaking about the lady who would not share her chestnutsWhat is being compared: The woman’s husband after the witches are done with him to a rat without a tailWhat this suggests:The witches like revenge and when they are finished something will be wrong with the man.
“I’ll drain him dry as hay.” (15) Speaker/About who: The first witch is speaking about the husband of the woman (same as above)What is being compared: How dry she’ll drain him to hayWhat this suggests: That the witches like revenge and this is just one of the many bad things which she will do.
“Here I have a pilot’s thumb, Wracked as homeward he did come.” (15) Speaker/About who: the witchWhat is being compared: her powers to a pilot’s thumbWhat this suggests: she has absolute control, can make people do what she wants easily
“Not unaccompanied invest him only, But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine on all deservers.”(29) Speaker/About who: Duncan about MalcolmWhat is being compared: nobleness to starsWhat this suggests: people put a lot of importance on being noble, and it was well recognized and rewarded
“Bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower;”(35) Speaker/About who: Lady MacBeth to MacBethWhat is being compared: MacBeth to a flowerWhat this suggests: she wants her husband to appear innocent and pure, so nobody will suspect he is plotting to kill Duncan or have anything to do with it
“We coursed him at the heels and had a purpose Yo be his purveyor; but as he rides well, And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath helped him To his home before us.” (37) Speaker/About who: Duncan about Thane of CawdorWhat is being compared: the Thane’s love to a spurWhat this suggests: the Thane’s immense love for his home was powerful enough to lead him back, shows how Duncan blindly believes the Thane is dedicated and loyal
“Besides, this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against The deep damnation of his taking-off;” (39) Speaker/About who: Macbeth is speaking about duncanWhat is being compared: Duncan’s virtues pleading like angelsWhat this suggests: This suggests that duncan’s good behavior and high respect with plead for himself and easily prove Macbeth Guilty.
“And pity, like a naked newborn baby Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubin horsed Upon the sightless couriers of the air, Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, That tears shall drown the wind.” (41) Speaker/About who: MacBeth about pityWhat is being compared: pity to a newborn babyWhat this suggests: MacBeth knows that if he kills Duncan, the citizens’ pity for their king will be pure but powerful, and spread fast
“When in swinish sleep Their drench├ęd natures lies as in a death, What cannot you and I perform upon Th’ unguarded Duncan?” (43) Speaker/About who: Lady macbeth about killing duncanWhat is being compared: The sleep/drunkenness of the guards to deathWhat this suggests: That Lady macbeth is willing to do anything to ensure that her husband will have power
“Doubtful it stood; As two spent swimmers, that do cling together And choke their art.”(9) Speaker/About who: MacDonwald and FortuneWhat is being compared: ^those two and swimmersWhat this suggests: MacDonwald and Fortune are supposed to be working together in harmony, but instead they hinder each other and things don’t end up as planned
“And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling, Show’d like a rebel’s *****”(9) Speaker/About who: The captain is talking about FortuneWhat is being compared: Fortune to a *****What this suggests: The captain thinks that, similarly to a *****, Fortune will give MacDonwald all that he asks for, which includes him winning the battle
“As cannons overcharged with double cracks, So they Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe”(11) Speaker/About who: Captain speaking about banquo and MacbethWhat is being compared: How Macbeth and Banquo fought in the war to an overly charged cannonWhat this suggests: This suggests that when they were fighting in the war they were so full of energy and fought so hard it was as if they had as much power as a double charged cannon
“Like valour’s minion carved out his passage.” Speaker/About who: Captain about MacBethWhat is being compared: MacBeth to Valour’s minionWhat this suggests: MacBeth is creating his own path to victory, without the help of Fortune on his side
“Fair is foul and foul is fair.” Speaker/About who: The three witches are talking about the spell they are sending toWhat is being compared: foul air/weather to fair air/weatherWhat this suggests: They are turning something/someone who/that is good to something bad