macbeth scene 1

Wyrd sisters old english for”fate”, they can see or manipulate someone’s faith
“Fair is foul and foul is fair” you can’t judge something by how it looks (macbeth seems like an outstanding individual but is secretly trying to kill the king) (macbeth is ready to automatically believe the witches but the witches are truly trying to destroy them) (lady macbeth)
Why is scotland at war in the beginning of the play? The thane of cawdor has led a rebellion against duncan
three predictions witches make 1. Macbeth will become thane of Cawdor2. King of Scotland3. Banquo’s descendants will be kings
malcom named heir to the scottish throne
What is the double trust that makes macbeth hesitate to kill duncan The double trust that makes macbeth hesitate to kill duncan is He hesitates because he is a kingsman and a subject(soldier, so it’s his job to protect not to kill)
murderers plan to implicate duncan’s groom using their daggers to kill duncan and smear them with his blood (get them drunk first so they pass out)
What atmosphere and tone are created in this short opening scene Macbeth opens with a scene which creates an atmosphere of foreboding and introduces the evil powers which are about to tempt Macbeth to his ruin. The tone of this scene is evil and foreboding.
How does the line ” Fair is of and foul is fair,” later echoed in Scene 3, foreshadow the events of the entire act? things that seems fair (good) are really foul (bad). And things that seem foul are really fair. What this prophecy is supposed to do is to show that morals are going to be lost in this play. Everything is going to be up for grabs and the events of the play will really be confused and mostly evil.
What initial impression are we given of Macbeth? In what way is this impression confirmed in Scene 3? In what way is it not confirmed? crazy on battlefield but a great soldier
Compare the reactions of Macbeth and Banquo to the witches and their predictions. how does the presence of Banquo in this act help create a sharper impression of Macbeth? macbeth is surprised and doesn’t think about whats really going on. macbeth gives in to what the witches say and immediately believes them. while on the other hand, banquo is rational thinker. and starts to realize that they shouldn’t trust the witches because most likely something bad is going to happen.
What are the witches planning at the beginning of the act? They are planning on meeting with Macbeth.
What has Lady Macbeth schemed to do to the King? She has schemed to have Macbeth murder the king while he is sleeping.
How sure is Lady Macbeth that this plot will succeed? She is so sure that she doesn’t even consider the fact that they could fail.
Why does the King come to Macbeth’s castle? To be the new Thane of Cawdor’s guest and to congratulate Macbeth over dinner.
What is the signifigance of Lady Macbeth’s “unsex me” scene She wishes she was a man so that she could have power instead of her husband having it and her having to control him.
What does the Captain report about the battle to Duncan? He reports that Macbeth has fought bravely and has defeated the enemy.
What is the signifigance of Lady Macbeth’s “unsex me” scene? She wishes she was a man so that she could have power instead of her husband having it and her having to control him.
What happens that causes Macbeth to recalculate his ease of becoming king? Malcolm becomes the Prince of Cumberland.
What title is given to Macbeth for bravery in the battle? Thane of Cawdor
What happened to the original Thane of Cawdor and why did he lose his title He was executed because he had betrayed his country.
How do the witches greet Macbeth after the battle? They greet him as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and as future King.
What do the witches mean when they say, ‘Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none’? They mean that Banquo will be greater in death than Macbeth is in life.
What news is brought by Ross and Angus? News that Macbeth has gained the title of Thane of Cawdor