Macbeth Essay

1749 words - 7 pages

Act 1 Scene 1: Three witches are gathered in an open place in a thunder storm. They agree to reassemble on the moorland before sunset to meet Macbeth.

IMPORTANT TERMS: 1. Hurly-burly: turmoil, confusion 2. Greymalkin: grey cat 3. Padock: toad (Cats and toads were the animals most commonly associated with witches. It was thought that witches could adopt the shapes or voices of these animals.) 4. Anon: at once.

IMPORTANT QUOTE FROM THE SCENE: "There to meet with Macbeth" (Line 2).

Act 1 Scene 2: Duncan, King of Scotland, with his two sons, Malcolm and Donalbain is in an army camp receiving news of the battles fought against him by an alliance of Sweno, King of Norway, Macdonwald, Lord of the Western Isles of Scotland, and the Thane of Cawdor who has proved to be disloyal to King Duncan. The reports all stress the heroism of Macbeth (eg "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name" - Line 16), who is one of Duncan's generals, in ensuring a victory for the King. Duncan announces that Macbeth is to be given the title of Thane of Cawdor. Cawdor is to be executed immediately.

IMPORTANT TERMS: 1. newest state: latest news 6. Bellona: Roman goddess of war 2. broil: struggle 7. Thane: title of nobility in Scotland 3. choke their art: make it impossible to swim 4. kerns and galloglasses: lightly armed soldiers and heavily armed soldiers 5. all's too weak: all his efforts were inadequate IMPORTANT QUOTE FROM THE SCENE: "No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest. Go pronounce his present death And with his former title greet Macbeth." (Lines 63-65) Act 1 Scene 3: The Witches talk about the dreadful things they can do to men. As Macbeth and Banquo enter on their way home from their victory, the Witches prepare themselves to charm Macbeth. When challenged by the generals, the Witches greet Macbeth as the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King to be, and Banquo is told he will produce heirs who will become kings. The Witches disappear just before Ross and Angus arrive to announce that the King has given Macbeth the title Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth wonders about his future and tells Banquo that they will discuss the Witches' strange predictions later.

IMPORTANT TERMS: 1. Aroint thee: get off! 6. Sinell: Macbeth's father 2. I'll do: I'll deal with him 7. wrack: destruction 3. Penthouse lid: eyelid (like a sloping roof) 8. will have me: intends me to be 4. Sinell: Macbeth's father 9. my stir: me doing everything 5. enkindle: encourage you to hope 10. free hearts: honest feelings IMPORTANT QUOTE FROM THE SCENE: "Glamis and Thane of Cawdor The greatest is behind - Thanks for your pains, .... (Lines 115-116).

Act 1 Scene 4: In the palace Duncan hears from his son Malcolm how the Thane of Cawdor has been executed. Macbeth enters and is...

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