Macbeth Act I

1. What is the point of the first scene (literally) and in reference to the whole play? (I.i) The point of the first scene is to set one of the central themes in the play. Moreover, it sets the mood of the play. States the role of supernatural in the play.
2. What does Duncan call Macbeth when he hears Macbeth has defeated Macdonwald? (I.ii.26) Duncan called Macbeth, a “O’ valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!” when he heard Macbeth defeated Macdonwald.
3. Who is sentenced to death? (I.ii.72-74) Macdonwald Thane of Cawdor is sentenced to death.
4. What do the witches predict in Act I, Scene 3 for Macbeth? For Banquo? Macbeth- He will be the Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland. Banquo- He will lesser and greater than Macbeth, not so happy and yet much happier. He will be the father of kings, but he will not be king himself.
5. What news does Ross bring Macbeth? (I.iii.108-111) Ross tells Macbeth that he has gain the title of Thane of Cawdor, because the original Thane Cawdor is being executed due to treason.
6. 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”? (I.iii.122-126) Macbeth said that the motives of the “instruments of darkness tell us truth… to betray’s in deepest consequence.” The witches tell them the truth in order to gain their trust and later betray them.
7. Malcolm describes Cawdor’s last moments before execution. What is Duncan’s reply? (I.iv.4-15) When Malcolm describes Cawdor’s last moment before execution, King Ducan reply “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face:” Which means that one cannot know what the other one is thinking.
8. Macbeth says, “Stars, hide your fires. Let not light see my black and deep desires.” What are Macbeth’s desires? (I.iv.48-53) Macbeth’s desires are to become king.
9. After Lady Macbeth reads the letter, what does she tell us is her opinion of Macbeth, and how does she plan to help him? (I.v.1-38) After Lady Macbeth read the letter, she thinks that Macbeth is not manly enough to kill the king. She want to put her spirits into Macbeth’s eat.
10. What is Lady Macbeth’s “prayer” to the spirits after she learns Duncan is coming? (I.v.39-55) Lady Macbeth’s “prayer” to the spirits is to have all her female characteristics, which might intervene in her plan, to be removed. “Unsex me” from head to toe.
11. What advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth when he arrives home? (I.v.63-75) Lady Macbeth advises Macbeth to put his best face in order prevent any suspicion. Also, she tells him to leave it all to her.
12. What are Macbeth’s arguments to himself against killing Duncan? (I.vii.1-26), (I.vii.31-35) Macbeth’s arguments to himself against killing Duncan are the consequences in the afterlife, his loyalty to as subject and host, how well he has treated and honored him lately.
13. What arguments does Lady Macbeth use to convince Macbeth to commit the murder? (I.vii.38-57) Lady Macbeth insults Macbeth’s manhood in order to convince Macbeth to commit the murder.
14. What is Lady Macbeth’s plan? (I.vii.60-82) Lady Macbeth’s plan includes to get the soldiers and guards drunk, in order for them to stab King Duncan.