|The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step/on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap. (Act I)
|Macbeth, Malcolm is now the prince of Cumberland! To become king myself, I’m either going to have to step over him or give up, because he’s in my way
|O never/Shall sun that morrow see! (Act I)
|Lady Macbeth, Duncan will not live to see another day
|Look like the innocent flower,/but be the serpent under’t. (Act I)
|Lady Macbeth, encouraging Macbeth to be more ruthless
|Fair is foul and foul is fair. (Act I)
|Witches, things are not as they appear
|Make thick my blood, / Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse (Act I)
|Lady Macbeth, she’s asking to become emotionally strong like a man in order to do these things that she wants to do
|My hands are of your color, but I shame / To wear a heart so white (Act II)
|Lady Macbeth, She is just as guilty as Macbeth but does not feel remorse
|Is this a dagger which I see before me? (Act II)
|Macbeth, he is contemplating Duncan’s death and guilt is already taking hold of him
|“the worm that’s fled / Hath nature that in time will venom breed, / No teeth for th’ present.” (Act III)
|Macbeth, talking about Fleance and from Fleance will come kings
|O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly. (Act III)
|Banquo, telling Fleance to run away because the murderers are after him as well
|Gentle my lord, sleek o’er your rugged looks; / Be bright and jovial among your guests tonight. (Act III)
|Lady Macbeth, Come on, relax, dear. Put on a happy face and look cheerful and agreeable for your guests tonight.
|We are yet but young in deed. (Act III)
|Macbeth, he and Lady Macbeth are still beginners when it comes to crime
|Act I Questions
|What is the main theme of Act I of The Tragedy of Macbeth?
|Macbeth defeats Thane of Cawdor, becomes Thane of Cawdor, hears a prediction that he will become king from the witches, his wife decides they will kill Duncan.
|Before Macbeth makes his first appearance, what do we learn about him?
|We learn that he had defeated the Thane of Cawdor, pleased the king, and become Thane of Cawdor.
|What are the elements of a tragedy?
|Features noble or out-standing protagonist, emphasizes human greatness, arouses pity, fear, awe, and ends unhappily with destruction of hero
|Where does the play take place?
|Why is King Duncan so grateful to Macbeth?
|He has defeated the Thane of Cawdor who had become an enemy to the king
|Define Dramatic Irony.
|the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
|What is Macbeth’s character flaw?
|Ambition, seeking more power
|Why does King Duncan decide to make Macbeth the Thane of Cawdor?
|Because he has defeated the Thane of Cawdor who was an enemy of the king
|When Macbeth receives his new title of Thane of Cawdor, how does Banquo react?
|He is shocked and can’t believe the witches were right
|What can you infer about King Duncan? What does he value in his thanes?
|He values loyalty above all else
|Why does Macbeth have doubts about killing Duncan?
|Because Duncan has been cool to him and he is also worried what would happen if he got caught
|The numbered side notes in The Tragedy of Macbeth help readers understand which aspect of the play?
|Help you understand difficult terms or phrases used during Shakespeare’s writing
|Why does Lady Macbeth think Macbeth has little chance of becoming king?
|Because he is too kind and good to be ambitious
|What crime did the Thane of Cawdor commit?
|Sold secrets to the Norwegians, treason
|Near the end of Act I, why does Macbeth express doubt about murdering the king ?
|He worries about getting caught
|When Macbeth begins to waver in his deadly purpose, what does Lady Macbeth do?
|She tells him that she’s doing it anyway
|In Act I, Lady Macbeth’s remark that her husband is “too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” indicates what?
|She thinks he is too nice to go after the crown
|What important role do the witches play in Act I?
|They plant the idea in Macbeth’s head that he could king
|The annotations in The Tragedy of Macbeth are helpful to the reader in what way?
|They help the reader understand what is going on
|Act II Questions
|In Act II, Scene ii, what is Lady Macbeth’s purpose in drugging the servants?
|So that they aren’t awake or aware of what happens during the night
|In Act II, why does Macbeth declare he will “sleep no more”?
|Because he has killed Duncan and feels guilty
|What does Macbeth really mean when he indicates that the blood on his hands will redden all the seas?
|Because the act that he has committed is so monumental that there is not enough water on the earth to wash him clean of the deed
|What reason does Lady Macbeth give for not killing King Duncan herself?
|She kept hearing noises and got scared and then said he looked like her father so she couldn’t do it
|What does Macbeth mean when he says he will “sleep no more”?
|His conscience will not allow him to sleep
|What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says to Macbeth, “My hands are of your color, but I shame / To wear a heart so white”?
|She is just as guilty but Macbeth needs to man up and stop feeling so guilty
|The porter’s complaining is ironic because _____________.
|He is complaining about what being drunk does to you but he is drunk haha
|As soon as the murder becomes known, why do Malcolm and Donalbain flee Scotland?
|They fear for their life (also they are worried they will be blamed for the murder)
|The natural disturbances that continue all night—including the screaming and murderous owl, chimneys being blown down, and Duncan’s horses turning wild— symbolize what?
|That Macbeth has upset nature but killing the king, things are not as they should be
|Who is afraid of “daggers in men’s smiles” and of being killed?
|Why do Ross and Macduff think King Duncan’s sons have killed their father?
|Because they ran away
|At the end of Act II, how does Macduff emphasize his opposition to Macbeth?
|He does not attend the coronation of Macbeth
|Act III Questions
|At the beginning of Act III, Macbeth learns that Banquo will not be returning to the castle until after dark. Why is this good news for him?
|Because he now has time to plot Banquo’s murder and tell the murderers the plan and catch Banquo at a bad time
|Why does Macbeth decide to kill Banquo?
|Because the witches say that Banquo will never be king but his heirs will be kings and Macbeth really isn’t in the mood for any more competition
|Why does Macbeth send along a third murderer to join the first two in killing Banquo?
|To make sure it would happen
|When Macbeth hears that Fleance has escaped the murderers, how does he react?
|He is angry and pretty crazy
|Why does Macbeth begin to act so oddly at the banquet?
|He sees Banquo’s ghost
|During the banquet, how does Lady Macbeth explain away her husband’s behavior?
|She says his behavior is nothing new
|When Macbeth begins talking to Banquo’s ghost, how does Lady Macbeth react?
|It’s normal he’s just having a fit
|How does Hecate intend to ensure Macbeth’s downfall?
|By making him over confident
|At the end of Act III, Macbeth plans to visit the witches once more. What does he want to learn?
|He wants to know if he can continue being king and about his future and his reign
|How has Macbeth changed between the beginning of Act I and the end of Act III?
|He has gone from being a Noble Thane to a murdering king consumed by ambition and guilt
|Imperial and Sovereign
|Of an empire; having supreme authority
|Marked courage or bravery
|Relating to the relationship between a feudal superior and a vassal
|Betrayals of one’s country or oath of loyalty
|Anxiety; mental uneasiness
|To use terms that have two or more meanings to mislead purposely or decieve
|Make greater, enlarge
|Able to be touched or felt, clear to the mind, plain to see
|Behaving, done, or made in a cautious manner, as to not be seen or heard
|Ill will, spitefulness
|Not able to be dissolved or undone
|Physical or mental defect, illness
Macbeth acts I-III
August 27, 2019