Macbeth Act I Scene 1-7

When and where will the witches meet again? after the war in an open field
With whom will the witches meet? Macbeth and Banquo
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair. / Hover through the fog and filthy air.” These lines introduce an important motif of the play. What does this paradox mean? Beauty on the outside isn’t beauty on the inside
Briefly retell the captain’s report about Macbeth. He is a noble fighter and he killed a lot of men in battle
What is Macbeth’s current title? Thane of Glamis
How are Macbeth and Duncan related? Why is this important? They are cousins, its important b/c Macbeth is apart of the royal family
Which Scottish warrior is a traitor? What is his punishment? the old Thane of Cawdor, his punishment is death
Who is the new Thane of Cawdor? Macbeth is the new Thane of Cawdor
Quote Macbeth’s opening words. How do these words relate to the witches statements in scene 1? “So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” The witches said this in the beginning
How does each witch address Macbeth? they address him as Thane of Cawdor then as King
Macbeth does not know that Cawdor has been arrested for treason, so he questions the witches at first. But what do Ross and Angus tell Macbeth? He’s the new Thane of Cawdor
One of the prophecies the witches gave to Macbeth has come true: why is he upset? he is thinking of killing his cousin Duncan
What two ways does Macbeth imagine becoming king? if he is giving the position by Duncan or if he is killed
Malcolm tells of the noble death of _____________, introducing the motif of dying with dignity. the old Thane of Cawdor
Paraphrase what Duncan says about his relationship with the now-deceased Thane of Cawdor. Duncan trusted Cawdor
Paraphrase Macbeth’s response to King Duncan’s compliments. he says the victories are for him and its a pleasure serving him
What honor does King Duncan bestow on his son? The heir to the throne
Why does Macbeth view this news as a threat? it jeopardizes his chance of being king
What was Macbeth’s state of mind as the scene ends? He wasn’t sure if he wanted to be king if it meant killing his cousin
Why is Lady Macbeth concerned about Macbeth’s ability to become king? She fears the plans she has for him to be king he will screw up and not be able to do
What does she plan to do? She plans to kill Duncan
How is her plan made possible? Gets guards drunk and uses their daggers to kill Duncan in his sleep
What prayer does she make? To make her evil so that she can do the deed
After Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth of her intentions, what warning does she give Macbeth concerning his facial expressions? He needs to seem innocent, if not the plan will fail
How does Macbeth react to his wife’s plan for the night’s “great business”? Macbeth has second thoughts
How is Macbeth different from his wife at this point? Macbeth is worried about the outcome and Lady Macbeth worries about the moment
What do we know that Duncan doesn’t when he says, “This castle hath a pleasant seat”? He’s going to be killed in the house
What is the literary world, is this called? irony
In whose honor is the banquet? Macbeth
In his soliloquy what are Macbeth’s five reason’s for not killing Duncan? He’s his king, his blood, respects him, can’t do it, doesn’t want to get caught
How does Lady Macbeth respond to her husbands change of heart? she is disappointed
Macbeth fears failure; however, what fail-safe plan does Lady Macbeth introduce? get the guards drunk and frame them