Macbeth Act 1

What is the point of the first scene? To help establish a theme & a setting
What does Duncan call Macbeth when he hears Macbeth has defeated Macdonwald? valiant, worthy
Who is sentenced to death? Thane of Cawdor
What do the witches predict for Macbeth and Banquo? Macbeth: he will be the Thane of Cawdor & a KingBanquo: sons will be kings, less then Macbeth but greater
What news does Ross bring Macbeth? he is Thane of Cawdor
What does Macbeth say about the motives of the “instruments of darkness”? He thinks the motives could be bad
Malcolm describes Cawdor’s last moments before execution. What is Duncan’s reply? I trusted him, but he was a traitor
What are Macbeth’s desires? He doesn’t want people to know his selfish ambitins
After Lady Macbeth reads the letter, what does she tell us is her opinion of Macbeth, and how does she plan to help him? He s a good person and is too nice. She will convince him to kill Duncan
What is Lady Macbeth’s prayer to the spirits after she learns Duncan is missing? She wants to have every ounce of any feminine characteristics gone. She doesn’t want any kindness or mercy to stop her from killing the king.
What advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth when he arrives home? Don’t let your face give away your intentions.
What are Macbeth’s arguments to himself against killing Duncan? He could end up in hell: I am one of his men: I should be protecting him
What arguments does Lady Macbeth use to convince Macbeth to commit the murder? You’re not a man in my eyes: You need to follow through on your plans
What is Lady Macbeth’s plan? Drug the guards & blame them for thee murder of Duncan.