Macbeth. Act I. Act I Synopsis. Macbeth and Banquo . and in gratitude bestows the title of Cawdor on the absent Macbeth. as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and “King hereafter.”.
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Macbeth and Banquo
and in gratitude bestows the title of Cawdor on the absent Macbeth.
as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and “King hereafter.”
The warriors, ___________________________ have been victorious in battle against the traitors Macdonald and the Thane (Lord) of Cawdor in 11th century Scotland.
King Duncan hears of their courage before their return home from the battlefield ________________ ________________________________________________
While they are returning from battle, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches on a desolate heath who greet Macbeth ____________ ________________________________________________
will beget kings though he will
not himself be one.
They prophesy that Banquo____________________ _______________________________________________
Macbeth, who is already Thane of Glamis, is startled when two messengers from the king greet him as the new Thane of Cawdor, thus fulfilling the witches’ prophecy in part. (Duncan has condemned the disloyal Cawdor to death.)
When Macbeth learns that Duncan’s son Malcolm has been appointed Prince of Cumberland, automatic successor to the throne, he momentarily entertains the idea of killing the king, and so begins the ultimate prediction of the witches on the heath.
Lady Macbeth falls in with Macbeth’s plot with greater energy than Macbeth himself, and when Duncan and his retinue pay a visit to Macbeth’s castle, Lady Macbeth vows ominously that the king “must be provided for.”
It is a foul day because of the fighting and blood shed, but it is a fair day because of their victory.
The Thane of Cawdor is alive, why are you calling by his name.
Fate will make me king. If it’s meant for Macbeth to be king it will happen without him doing anything.
Because Cawdor confessed his treasons and was courage upon his death;, so the only thing he did right or honorable was to die for his acts.
The king has made Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland. This poses a problem for Macbeth because now Malcolm stands between him and the throne.
Because she fears Macbeth is too soft to commit murder in order to get what he “deserves.”
Lady Macbeth is calling upon the spirits to give her the strength of a man or make her less of a woman or non-human so she can participate in the murder of Duncan.
She is telling Macbeth to be welcoming, but kill Duncan when he has the chance.
He doesn’t have the desire to commit murder, but he feels
he must if he is to become king. So he has this internal struggle
between good and evil.
Macbeth is going against the good within him. He must
smile while entertaining Duncan; knowing he plans to kill the king
as soon as Duncan sleeps.
When the hurly-burly's done, when the battle’s lost and won. Upon the heath to meet with Macbeth. (3-8)
For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name – disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, Like valor’s minion carved out his passage till he faced the slave; which nev’r shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, tell he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops, and fixed his head upon our battlements. (16-24).
Ross tells Duncan that the Thane of Cawdor was a traitor.
The king is bestowing the title of the Thane of Cawdor upon Macbeth.
At the heath, the witches hail Macbeth as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and that he shall be king hereafter.
The witches tell Banquo that he will be lesser than Macbeth yet greater, happier than Macbeth because will no be happy and that he shall sire kings, though he won’t be one.
“Yet do I fear they nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.
“…Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the tow, top-full of direst cruelty!
Macbeth is kin to the king. Macbeth is the king’s subject and host. Duncan is a good King and his people will mourn greatly and/or rebel. Everything goes against killing the king
She accuses him of being a coward, questions his manhood, and tells Macbeth she will think less of him.
The weather is foreshadowing the evil actions which will soon take place. The weather also reflects the inner turmoil with Macbeth.
The prophecy has planted the seed of discontent in Macbeth’s heart. Instead of being grateful for the title and rewards of the Thane of Cawdor, he covets the kingship and is unwilling to wait for it to come to him in a natural way. Macbeth would never have entertained to though of being king had it not been for the witches.
Banquo’s position will be lesser than Macbeth, but Banquo’s character is greater than Macbeth.
Macbeth believes the prophesy where Banquo listens and laughs at the prophesy.
The witches trick him by planting the seed of discontent for his position. He has never thought of being king.
Macbeth wants to be king, but when Malcolm is anointed as the Prince of Cumberland, Macbeth becomes angry and this is where he makes the decision to kill Duncan. He continues to struggle within himself.
Lady Macbeth is showing the evil side of her ambition. She is willing to help Macbeth kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth is the one to initiate the killing plan. Macbeth is more passive and Lady Macbeth is more aggressive.
Lady Macbeth is single-minded and imaginative/not sensitive. Macbeth is more logical and sensitive. Lady Macbeth wins the argument and the continue in their plan to kill Duncan.
Duncan is going to die there.
Cat /Graymalkin is the witches cat.
Toad / Paddock
The Norweyan (Norwegian) invaded Scotland.
Because he showed bravery in battle and defeated the kerns and the gallowglasses from the Western Isles.
Duncan’s flaw is that he sees the best in people.
The king want to go to Macbeth’s castle, Inverness.
Lady Macbeth is reading Macbeth’s letter informing her of all that has happened.
Macbeth lacks the courage to go through with the plan to kill in order to get what he wants.
Macbeth worries about the consequences of his actions. He is worried they may fail.
Lady Macbeth doubts Macbeth’s determination to kill the king.
Banquo is with Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth resolves that they will kill the king.
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth argue over his desire to not kill the king and enjoy the gifts and praise being bestowed upon him now.
At this time, Lady Macbeth seems to be the most forceful and ambitious in her pursuit of Macbeth’s position as king.
Macbeth’s tragic flaw is his lust for power.