Macbeth Questions Essay

4337 words - 18 pages

Act 1, Scene 1 -
1. The three witches are to meet again, "When the hurly burly's done, when the battle's lost and won. (1,1,1-8)" The witches will come together again when it is time to meet Macbeth and he finishes his battle.
2. The witches say, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair. (1,1,10)" This gives off the impression that playing fair is no good, and you must play foul and dirty to be truly fair.
Act 1, Scene 2 -
1.Macbeth is full of courage and skill. "So they doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe. (1,1,38)" Macbeth was unfathomed by the enemy and would strike them down before they could get a chance to really attack him. He was a fine warrior.
2. King Duncan and Macbeth are "cousins." Which can mean a variety of things, meaning actual cousins, or just among the noble.
3. Macbeth and Banquo were fighting soldiers from Norway. "Sveno, the Norway's king, craves composition. (1,2,59)" After losing against King Duncan's army, the Norway's request peace.
4. King Duncan tells Ross to "renounce Cawdors present death, and with his formal title greet Macbeth
Act 1, Scene 3 -
1. The witches meet up and each of them were doing different things. One was killing pigs, another was lingering around a shipyard, and another conjuring.
2. When Macbeth says, "So foul and fair a day I have not seen, (1,2,39)" he is referring to the gruesome battle he and Banquo had just partook in and meeting the witches.
3. The witches were very rugged, dirty, and gross. Banquo said they were, "So withered, and so wild in their attire. (1,3,40)" Their clothes were tattered, and looked just as wretched as they were.
4. The witches, when faced with Banquo and Macbeth, tell both of them prophecies, and greet Macbeth, calling him the "Thane of Cawdor (1,3,48)" and that "he shalt be king hereafter. (1,3,49)" Macbeth is silent, and in awe of what they have just hailed him as.
5. The witches see glory in both Macbeth, and Banquo's future. Specifically for Banquo they tell him, "Thou shalt get kings though thou be none. (1,3,67)" He will not become king, but his sons are guaranteed the throne.
6. Banquo wonders why Macbeth looks so fearful from the witches words, "...why do you start, and seem to fear, things that sound so fair? (1,3,51-52)" Macbeth finds these words more shocking then fearful.
7. While Banquo and Macbeth talked about what the witches told them, Ross finds them and gives Macbeth the news. "Hebade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor. (1,3,105)" Macbeth could not believe the news he was just told. He found the prophecy was indeed, coming true.
8. While Ross, Angus, and Banquo talked, Macbeth is putting together the pieces of what the witches were saying. "...two truths told...cannot be ill, cannot be good.(1,3, 128-131)" The witches did not lie, but Macbeth still feels that this prophecy is not good.
9. Banquo states, "...like our strange garmets, ccleave not to their mold, but with the aid of use. (1,3,144-146)" His comment is close to "foul is fair, and fair is...

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