Macbeth Act 1

The witches are… Evil
What do the witches say in scene 1 They will meet again once the battle’s done
What is the purpose of scene 1? To establish the setting and set the mood
Who fought in a battle in scene 2? Malcom
Who is old enough to be king, and how did he show loyalty to Scotland? Malcom, he fought for Scotland
Who saved Malcom from being captured in battle? The captain
Who met face to face on the battlefield? Macbeth and Macdonwald
Who makes up Macdonwald’s army? Irish rebels
How did Macbeth kill Macdonwald? By running the sword up him, and splitting him in two, and when he was dead, Macbeth cut his head off.
Macbeth is… Loyal and brave
Who came to the battlefield right after Macbeth killed Macdonwald? The Norwegians
Was Macbeth’s army scared by the Norwegians? No, but it was a very bloody battle
Who finished the report of the battle for the captain? Why? Ross; the captain felt faint and they went to find him a surgeon
Who came to assist Norway The Thane of Cawdor, he was a traitor
Whose army won? Macbeth’s
What does the king want to do with the Thane of Cawdor’s title? He wants to strip the current thane of his title, execute him, and make Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor
What did giving Macbeth the title Thane of Cawdor foreshadow? Macbeth will be a traitor
What was the purpose of scene 2 Exposition
Scene 3 begins… The action of the play
The witches meet again in scene 3
Why was one of the witches late? She was watching a sailor’s wife shell chestnuts, and asked the woman if she could have some, and the woman said no. The witch was so mad, she decided she will said to the husband’s ship on a sieve, and cast a spell on everyone on the ship that will kill them
Why do the witches make a charm? So they will be able to see Macbeth and Banquo’s futures when they come in
How did Shakespeare connect Macbeth to the witches? By having Macbeth say “So foul and fair a day I have not seen.”
Banquo’s opinion to the witches He is not sure if they are real
Macbeth’s opinion to the witches He is willing to believe they are real, and what they say.
Macbeth’s 3 prophecies 1. Thane of Glamis2. Thane of Cawdor – Macbeth was unaware he was about to receive this title from the king3. Will be king – Macbeth wanted to know when and how
Banquo’s 3 prophecies 1. Lesser than Macbeth, but greater2. Not so happy, yet much happier3. You will not be king, but you will give birth to kings.
Banquo and Macbeth keep_______ after receiving their prophecies. repeating each others prophecies
Banquo’s 2 warnings for Macbeth 1. About his ambition (his tragic flaw).. Don’t let your ambition get in your way, or spur you from something you might be sorry for.2. About the witches…You had one thing come true, but be careful, it could be evil
Macbeth had had thoughts of _______ even before his prophecy killing Duncan (king)
Why would Macbeth not have to kill Duncan Fate might take care of it for him.He might die of natural causes
Macbeth and Banquo are going to meet later to talk about their 3rd prophecies, even though it’s ____ treason
The Thane of Cawdor died___ an honorable death
The king ____ the Thane of Cawdor trusted
Who does Duncan say will be the heir to the throne? Malcom
Macbeth referes to his wife as____ his equal, very rare in this time.She most likely knows he wants to kill duncan
Where do you see Lady Macbeth’s ambitions? In her soliloquy
What are Lady Macbeth’s ambitions? She is going to make her husband king. She says Duncan wont live to see the next day.
Why does Lady Macbeth think Macbeth won’t kill Duncan? She fears his is too kind to go through with killing Duncan, and she wants him to hurry home so she can convince him to do it.
What does Lady Macbeth do to prepare herself to Kill Duncan? She calls on the night to come (evil spirits to fill her with anger so she doesn’t feel compassion or remorse to stop her). She’s thought about what weapon she will use
What does Lady Macbeth use to describe Duncan The sun (represents good)
What does Lady Macbeth tell Macbeth when he doesn’t want to kill Duncan? Be the serpent of evil. Then she says leave it to me
Why is it ironic that Duncan says the house looks pleasant? 2 people inside want to kill him
According to Duncan, what made Macbeth go home so fast? His love for the king
What are Macbeth’s reasons for not wanting to kill Duncan? 1. He is Duncan’s kinsman (they are both Scottish)2. He is Duncan’s subject (loyalty)3. Macbeth is the host of Duncan at the moment, so he should defend him4. He has been such a good man and a good king
What is Macbeth’s reason to kill him? Vaulting ambition (it leaps over all 4 reasons not to kill him, and cancels out all 4 of his reasons.)
Why would killing Duncan not fully solve the problem? If caught, he’s in a ton of trouble, if not caught, he will face consequences in the afterlife
Why did Macbeth tell his wife he won’t go through with it? Duncan just honored him with a title, and he wants to be able to enjoy it
What did Lady Macbeth say after Macbeth told her he won’t do it? she called him a coward, and said he promised her he would one day be king, and she would rather kill her own baby an take its brains out than break a promise
What was the plan to kill Duncan 1. Lady Mac will get the guards drunk (only part she does alone)2. Once they’re drunk, together, they will take the guards daggers and kill Duncan3. They’ll smear Duncan’s blood on the guards and leave the daggers there4. Lady Mac, and Mac will cry in greif when the body is discovered