Act I Study Guide #1 This scene introduces the witches, who discuss their upcoming meeting with Macbeth. #2 Thesergeant describes a battle in the war between Scotland AND rebel forces. #3 Who were the heroes in that battle? Macbeth AND Banquo. #4 The Thane of Cawdor was a traitor. King Duncan sentenced him to death and gave his title to Macbeth. #5 He is brave. He is also brutal (he “unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps” and wanted to “memorize another Golgotha”). #6 Hewill become the Thane of Cawdor; he will become king of Scotland. #7 Hewill not be a king, but his descendants will become kings. #8 The audience knows that Macbeth will be named the Thane of Cawdor, but Macbeth does not know it yet. #9 Hewonders if the prediction that he will become king is true—he hopes it is. #10 Heis considering the possibility of murdering Duncan. #11 He gives it to Malcolm, his oldest son. #12 Hethinks Malcolm is a barrier to the throne that he will have to overcome. #13 Macbeth sent it to her. #14 She thinks he is not strong enough to get want he wants—she thinks he doesn’t have enough ambition. #15 Duncan is coming to her home. #16 Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to take away her good virtues—she wants to have the ability to act cruelly, and she wants to do so without guilt. #17 They discuss killing Duncan. #18 Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he needs to hide his plans to murder the king under an innocent act (“look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under't”). #19 Duncan compliments Macbeth’s castle and declares his love for him. He is unaware that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are planning to kill him. #20 a) Duncan is kind and successful; people will mourn him. b) Macbeth is Duncan’s kinsmen. c) Macbeth is Duncan’s host—he should protect him, not kill him. d) He knows that consequences will come back to him in life and in death. #21 She accuses him of being a coward.
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