Macbeth Act 5

Why does Lady Macbeth see blood on her hands? She feels guilty about the deaths Macbeth has committed, especially Lady Macduff and Banquo
What is the name of the forest at which Malcolm and the English army will meet the Scottish army to join forces? Birnam Wood
What is the nickname Lennox and other lords call Macbeth? The tyrant
Why does Macbeth think he has nothing to fear from the armies? “None of woman worn” can harm him AND until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane.
Macbeth orders the doctor to cure Lady Macbeth of her delusions– does he? Why or why not? No. Because her delusions are from guilt, not illness.
Who is Siward? An English lord in charge of the English army, and Malcolm’s uncle
What do Malcolm and Siward decide that each soldier should carry in front of him as they march to Macbeth’s castle? A bough (large branch) from the trees of Birnam Wood
Why do the soldiers carry branches? To disguise how many soldiers there really are.
At Macbeth’s castle, a woman’s cry is heard. What does this signify? Lady Macbeth’s death.
Who says: life is “a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing”? Macbeth
When Macbeth learns that the trees of Birnam Wood are moving toward Dunsinane, does he believe he will die? Yes– he says he’s tired of the sun, and at least he’ll die fighting.
On the battlefield, why does Macbeth fight vigorously? Because he thinks he can’t be harmed.
Who is Siward’s son killed by? Macbeth
Why is Macduff able to kill Macbeth? Macduff was not born, but was ripped from his mother’s womb.
What does Macduff hold in his hand as he declares Malcolm King of Scotland? Macbeth’s head
How does Malcolm describe Lady Macbeth? fiend-like
When the doctor witnesses Lady Macbeth sleepwalking, what is she carrying? A candle
What does Lady Macbeth do with her hands while she sleepwalks? What does this signify? Rubs her hands like she’s washing them. Signifies her guilt.
Who said: “Who would have thought the old man would have had so much blood in him?” Lady Macbeth (while sleepwalking)
While sleepwalking, whose death does Lady Macbeth admit to in front of the doctor? Banquo
Who does the doctor say Lady Macbeth needs more than a doctor? A priest
Why is the army fighting against Macbeth so large? Many of Macbeth’s own soldiers revolted and joined the opposing army.
Why does Siward care that his son’s wounds were on his front side? It shows he died facing his enemy rather than running away from him.
Why doesn’t Siward mourn more for his son? He believes his son died honorably and is with God now.
Who becomes King of Scotland after Macbeth? Malcolm (Duncan’s son)
How did Lady Macbeth die? suicide

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