Macbeth Test Review | 5/22/18

The Porter The Gatekeeper to Macbeth’s house. He is drunk after Macbeth kills Duncan, and jokes about being the Gatekeeper of Hell, which reaffirms the actions of Macbeth in the prior scene. The Porter is only really seen in Act 2 Scene 3, yet Mrs. Lopez says to review his actions in Act 3 Scene 3 (Banquo’s death) in which he is not present. I assume she made a typo.
Malcolm Duncan’s son who flees to England to gather an army to fight Macbeth.
Donaldbain Duncan’s son who flees to Ireland to gather an army to fight Macbeth. First to suggest that him and Malcom flee Scotland (Act 2 Scene 3) Again, Mrs. Lopez’s doc says Act 3 Scene 3, but he is not present.
Macdonwald Defeated by Macbeth in Act 1. Reason for Macbeth being praised.
Duncan King of Scotland. Killed by Macbeth after declaring Malcolm as his successor.
Banquo A fellow-captain and companion of Macbeth, who also receives a prophecy from the Witches: that his children will one day succeed to the throne of Scotland.
King Edward King of England. It is near his palace that Malcolm and Macduff brainstorm about removing Macbeth from the throne in Scotland.
Macduff A thane who discovers Duncan’s body. Macduff later flees to England to join Malcolm. When Macbeth arranges the murder of his wife and children, Macduff swears personal revenge.
The Doctor Brought to Lady Macbeth in Act 5. The Doctor suggests that she is spiritually ill, rather than physically ill, and that he cannot help her.
Siward, Earl of Northumberland He is the leader of the English troops lent to Malcolm to retrieve his throne. On hearing of his son’s death, his only fear is that the young man may have been killed from behind. When told that that all the wounds were to the front, and that he therefore died fighting, Siward is quite reconciled to his death.
YOUNG Siward Siward’s son. During the battle at Macbeth’s castle, he comes across Macbeth and fights with him, but is killed.
Witches Always accompanied by thunder, lightning, and rain. Tell Macbeth and Banquo about their alleged fate.
Lady Macbeth The devilish wife of Macbeth, whose ambition helps to drive her husband toward the desperate act of murder. Subsequently, her husband’s cruelty and her own guilt recoil on her, sending her into a madness from which she never recovers.
Macbeth A captain in Duncan’s army, later the Thane of Glamis and later Cawdor. When Three Witches predict that he will one day be king of Scotland, he takes his fate into his own hands, allowing his ambition and that of his wife to overcome his better judgement. His bloody reign culminates in a battle against Malcolm and the English forces.
Fleance Banquo’s son, who, by escaping Macbeth’s plot on his life, will go on to be father to a line of kings.
England Where Malcolm goes to gather an army after Duncan’s murder.
Birnam Forest around Macbeth’s castle.
Glamis The area that Macbeth is the Thane of in the beginning of the play.
Norway Macdonwald’s country, at war with Scotland.
Inverness The place where Macbeth’s castle is before he becomes king.
The Dagger (item) The bloody dagger foreshadows Macbeth’s literary death, his decision to kill Duncan. Macbeth sees this dagger in a vision, inviting him to kill Duncan.
The Apparitions The first is an armed head, summoned to warn Macbeth that Macduff is coming back to Scotland to ruin him. The second apparition is a bloody child and it tells Macbeth that no man born of a woman can do him harm. The third apparition is that of a child wearing a crown and holding a tree, foreshadowing the fake trees in Birnam used by Malcolm and his men in the final battle outside of Macbeth’s castle.
The first encounter with the witches Macbeth and Banquo encounter the witches. They tell them that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland, and that Banquo’s sons will be kings.
King Duncan’s murder Macbeth kills Duncan, accidentally brings back the weapon, Lady Macbeth puts it back. Macbeth keeps hearing knocking, symbolism with blood and stuff. Banquo suspects Macbeth killed Duncan.
Macbeth’s soliloquies This one’s a doozyAct 1 Scene 3Witches give their first prophecy to Macbeth and Banquo. Macbeth is more ambiguous. His speech is full of what will now become his trademark — questioning, doubting, weighing up, and seeking to justify: “This supernatural soliciting / Cannot be ill; cannot be good” Act 1 Scene 7It is the thought of something after death that puzzles Macbeth. Throughout the speech, his words recall those of Shakespeare’s earlier tragic hero, Hamlet. In paraphrase, Macbeth wonders whether the act of murder itself must, by necessity, carry consequences in “the life to come” or whether judgment will await him in this life. Macbeth is simultaneously aware of the duplicity and imbalance of the proposed murder (he is Duncan’s relative, subject, and host, yet he is to be his killer) and of the equality and balance of earthly and heavenly law.Act 2 Scene 1 (about the dagger)The structure of the lines precisely echoes the swings from lucidity to mental disturbance that characterize Macbeth throughout the play. There are three false alarms: “I see thee still . . . I see thee yet . . . I see thee still!” Between each of these alarms comes a moment of respite in which Macbeth appeals to the world of the physical senses: “Art thou not . . . sensible to feeling?” “Mine eyes are made the fools of the other senses,” and “It is the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes.”Act 3 Scene 1His split with Banquo is emphasized by opposing pronouns: “They hailed him father to a line of kings: / Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, / And put a barren sceptre in my grip . . . “The line “To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!” is almost incredulous, as if Macbeth is trying to convince himself that the Witches could not possibly have spoken the truth. Whereas Banquo still trusts in the fateful prophecy, Macbeth is all too ready to dismiss it.
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