Macbeth Study Guide Notes For Acts 1 4.

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Act 11.The point of the first scene is that it is the exposition and it sets the mood with darkness and a storm. It also introduces motifs, supernatural things, the idea of things and the stormy fate of Scotland. It shows the witches deciding when they'll meet again and introduces Macbeth.2.Duncan calls Macbeth valiant cousin/worthy gentleman. This is ironic because Macbeth will be his murderer.3.The Thane of Cawdor is sentenced to death.4.For Macbeth, the witches predict that first he will be Thane of Glamis, then Thane of Cawdor, and last, king.5.Ross announces he is Thane of Cawdor.6.Banquo says that the witches play with minds, often telling good things without the bad consequences.7.Duncan replies he trusted the Thane of Cawdor.8.Macbeth's desires are to be king. He realizes something will have to be done to achieve that.9.Lady Macbeth tells us her opinion of Macbeth is that he is too kind to kill because he lacks courage. She plans to help him by convincing him to take the crown one way or another.10. Lady Macbeth's prayer is that she wants to be filled with cruelty and she will do whatever has to be done for Macbeth to be king.11. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to hide his feelings and for him to look evil even when his heart is full of evil.12.Three conflicts that Macbeth argues to himself about murdering Duncan are:-As Duncan's kinsman and subject, he has certain obligations to the king.-Macbeth entertains Duncan, therefore he is obligated to protect him.-Duncan is a good king, he is fair and is well-loved, so there will a great uprising against the person who kills him.13. Lady Macbeth taunts Macbeth, questioning his manliness. She calls him a coward and says he is green and pale. She tells him he desires things, but is afraid to perform his desires. She asks him if he is willing to give up the throne and be a coward, and if he'll be like the cat in adage that wants the fish but doesn't want to get his paw wet.14. Lady Macbeth's plan is to get the guards at Duncan's drunk, kill Duncan, then put the daggers back with the guards so it looks like they committed the crime.Act 21.Macbeth's lie to Banquo about the witches is that he claims to not think of them, when we know he does every second of the day because of all their predictions gradually coming true.2.The signal that Lady Macbeth is supposed to give Macbeth to let Macbeth know she has taken care of the guards is ringing a bell.3.Lady Macbeth says the reason she didn't kill Duncan herself is because the King looked too much like her father when he slept.4.Lady Macbeth's advice to Macbeth about not being able to say "Amen" is that he shouldn't think about it so much, because it will drive him crazy. She tells him to think about the reason he did what he did.5.Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to relax, and not to think of such things. She tells him to go get water and wash the blood off his hands.6.Macbeth won't take the daggers back to the scene of the crime because he doesn't want to go back...

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