Act I Study Guide by LeeGreenwood


									Act I Study

This scene introduces
 the witches, who discuss
 their upcoming meeting
 with Macbeth.

Thesergeant describes
a battle in the war
between Scotland AND
rebel forces.

Who were the heroes in
that battle?
Macbeth AND Banquo.

The  Thane of Cawdor
was a traitor. King
Duncan sentenced him
to death and gave his
title to Macbeth.

He is brave. He is also
brutal (he “unseam'd
him from the nave to
the chaps” and wanted
to “memorize another

Hewill become the
Thane of Cawdor; he will
become king of

Hewill not be a king,
but his descendants will
become kings.

The audience knows
that Macbeth will be
named the Thane of
Cawdor, but Macbeth
does not know it yet.

Hewonders if the
prediction that he will
become king is true—he
hopes it is.

Heis considering the
possibility of murdering

He gives it to Malcolm,
his oldest son.

Hethinks Malcolm is a
barrier to the throne
that he will have to

Macbeth   sent it to her.

   She thinks he is not strong
    enough to get want he
    wants—she thinks he
    doesn’t have enough

Duncan   is coming to her

    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.

   They discuss killing

    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”).

    Duncan compliments Macbeth’s
    castle and declares his love for
    him. He is unaware that
    Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are
    planning to kill him.

   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.

   She accuses him of
    being a coward.

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