Macbeth Act 1 Review

Where do the witches plan to meet again? Why? When? plan to meet in the middle of nowhereTo meet MacbethWhen the time is right
What is the atmosphere? evil, dark, mysterious
What is the last line? What does it mean “Fair is foul and foul is fair” – What’s good is bad and bad is good
With whom is Scotland at war? War is with Norway
What does Macbeth do to the rebel Macdonwald? He kills him and cuts off his head and puts it on the steak
Wat is the reader’s first impression of Macbeth courageous hero who will do anything for his country
What has the Thane of Cawdor done? What is his punishment? Betrayed Scotland and his punishment is to be executed
Why does Duncan give the title Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth Reward for winning the battle
What words does Macbeth echo in line 39, page 31 “So foul and fair a day i have not seen”
What does he mean by “fair”? What does he mean by “foul”? Mirrors the witches and is comparing it to the battle. (Represents the war)
List three ways the witches “hail” Macbeth Greet him by saying hail the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, King
What do the witches tell Banquo? He will be greater than Macbeth but he will not know it. Bore kings
What news does Ross bring Macbeth? Macbeth is Thane of Cawdor
What is Banquo trying to warn Macbeth about in the scene. page 38 lines 133-135) To not get ahead of himself and do something rash and think that everything will come true. Evil will give you small things that turn into big things
What does Macbeth mean when he says “If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me without my stir”? page 40 152-155 if fate will make me Thane of Cawdor then why not chance it with being king
What does Duncan announce His son Malcomn is now the prince of Cumberlin
What is Macbeth’s reaction to this announcement? Has to beth through two people to beth the crown to himself
Duncan is upset about the Thane of Cawdor’s being a traitor and says “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. He was an absolute gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust.” What does he mean by that? (Page 42, lines 13-16) He is saying that he cannot judge a person by their face. But he still acted like he was one of us instead of a traitor
What does Lady Macbeth criticize about her husband’s character he is not ruthless or ambitious enough to do what it takes to become kind and isn’t ready to be king because of his attitude
What does Lady Macbeth mean by “unsex me here”? Make her more of a man and take away her womaness
Explain Lady Macbeth speech She is talking about killing Duncan tonight but not show that you are thinking about doing so
Duncan arrives at Macbeth’s castle. Explain the irony in his speech in line 1-3 he is complementing Macbeth and his wife on how lovely their castle is and how good of host and hostess they are
What argument does Lady macbeth use to convince her husband to murder Duncan? That she would murder her own child if she promised to him and since he promised to her about killing Duncan and becoming king that he should see through it.
What are Macbeth’s doubts about the murder? He is feeling guilty because he is kinsmen, he is the host, and he want to be king but because he was chosen by Duncan
What is the plan to murder Duncan? The plans are to kill him in his sleep by getting his guards drunk and put a spell on them so that they fall asleep. When they are asleep they will take one of the guard’s daggers and kill the king and then put the dagger back. After that they will blame the guards for killing the king.
Explain the last line on page 64 You need to hide what you know in your heart with a false face even though you know what you are truly feeling and want to show in your heart.
What type of plays did Shakespeare write? Shakespeare wrote tragedies, love and suspense
Did women act in plays during shakespeare’s time period? No, women did not act in his plays because women were not allowed to. Considered evil or weird for them to be in plays
What was the theatre where many of Shakespeare’s plays performed The theatre where Shakespeare’s plays were performed in the Glob theater