Sunday, May 15, 2011

MACBETH Act I, iii, iv

Macbeth: Speak, if you can. What are you?
Witches:  All hail, Macbeth!
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    I, iii
      Explain what has annoyed the first witch? 
How does she get her revenge?
With what mythological women might the three “weird sisters” be   
  compared? (Note that the Anglo-Saxon word, “wyrd,” meant “fate.”) 
Explain the significance of Macbeth’s first line in the play.
Compare this line with the witches’ second last line in scene one.
What three titles do the witches apply to Macbeth?

Glamis Castle
Ruins of the Ancient Inverness Castle
According to Banquo, what is Macbeth’s reaction to these titles?      
Why does Banquo request something from the weird sisters?
What is a “paradox”?  Explain the paradoxical answers which the witches
What else does Macbeth ask the witches?  Why does he ask this?
Why does Macbeth remind Banquo that his children shall be Kings?   
What news does Ross bring Macbeth?  Name two things. 
What is indicated about Banquo’s opinion of the second part of Ross’  
   news, by his words, “What, can the devil speak true?”
Why was the first Thane of Cawdor stripped of his tile
What does Banquo suggest about the nature of the witches’ prophecies?
Paraphrase Macbeth’s aside speech, which begins, “Two truths are told”
    and ends, “…chance may crown me/ without my stir.”
Identify the line which shows Macbeth may have previously thought of
    being King?
Explain the book imagery in Macbeth’s second last speech in the scene.
What excuse does Macbeth provide for his inattention to the other men?
   I, iv
     What concerns Duncan at the beginning of the scene? Why?
     What did the Thane of Cawdor do before he died?
     Paraphrase Duncan’s comment, “There’s no art…face.”
     What does Duncan mean by “More… can pay”?
     How does Macbeth respond to Duncan’s gratitude? 
     Explain the imagery in Duncan’s next speech (to Macbeth).
     What important announcement does Duncan make about Malcolm?  Why
    is this of concern to Macbeth? 
     Why is Duncan going to Inverness?
     Why does Macbeth say he will go there at once?
     Contrast Macbeth’s attitude toward the third prophecy at the end of    
          Scene 4 with his attitude at the end of Scene 3.



  1. the castle looks great. its where a witch would line and the open area looks like where tney would have their sacrifies

  2. I'll email these questions to you as well.

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  4. I will send you this by e-mail

  5. i agree with jamila the castle's look great!

  6. Act I, ii
    1. What do we learn from the bloody captain?
    -That Scots’ battle with the Irish invaders are led by the rebel Macdonwald.

    2. Who is Macdonwald and what has he done?
    -Macdonwald wanted to take over Scottland. He is the leader of the rebel and wants to fight against the King of Scottland

    3. What has been done to him, and by whom?
    -Macbeth killed Macdonwald in the battle.

    4. What do we learn from Ross and Angus?
    -Rose tells the king that Cawdor has been defeated and the army of Norway repelled. Rose also tells Macbeth that he is going to win a Cawdor's title.

    5. Name the rebel, the traitor, and the foreign king causing King Duncan problems.

    6. How does King Duncan reward Macbeth for his services to the crown? (What are these services?)
    -To win a Cawdor's title

    7. What words (almost epithets) are used to describe Macbeth?
    He is decrbied as brave (For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name I.ii.16 ) and also Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, Which smoked with bloody execution, lines 17-18

    8. Why do you think there is such extensive conversation about Macbeth before he appears on stage?
    -because I think they admire all the good things he has done. And they want to discuss it amongst themselves

    9. Why is Duncan himself not involved in the fighting?
    - Because he doesn't want to get into it. He believes Macbeth should win the title