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  1. Macbeth vocab

  2. Thane (n.) • A nobleman under service of a king, much like a knight • Known by the names of the places they ruled • Macbeth=Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor • Macduff=Thane of Fife

  3. Motif (n.) • The repetition of an image, symbol, or idea in a work of literature • Motifs in Macbeth • Blood • Clothing • Sleep/sleeplessness • Light/darkness • Birds • Unnatural occurrences

  4. Comic relief (n.) • In drama, a humorous scene that follows a serious one • Intensifies the seriousness by adding contrast

  5. Motifs in Macbeth • Blood • Duncan: “What bloody man is that?” I/ii • Macbeth: “…When we have marked with blood those sleepy two of his own chambers and used their very daggers…” I/vii • Clothing • Macbeth: “The Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” I/iii • Banquo: “New honors come upon him, like our strange garments, cleave not to their mold but with the aid of use.” I/iii

  6. Motifs in Macbeth • Light/Darkness • Macbeth: “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” I/iv • LM: “Come, thick night, and pall me in the dunnest smoke of hell!” I/v

  7. Motifs in Macbeth • Sleep/sleeplessness • LM: “When in swinish sleep their drenched natures lie as in a death, what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan?” I/vii

  8. Your motif task from here on in: • Choose a motif from the previous list • Every time it is mentioned in Macbeth, note the page # in your notebook or mark the page with a sticky note. • These references will become the basis of a unit assessment

  9. Minion (n.) • Assistant or servant • The dictator used his minions to do his dirty work

  10. Disburse (v.) • To pay out to someone • The treasurer disbursed $1000.00 for the field trip.

  11. ague (n.) • Fever • The ague left him hallucinating and blabbering.

  12. dire (adj.) • very bad • After the botched robbery attempt, the three found themselves in a dire situation.

  13. Harbinger (n.) • One who announces the arrival of another • The robin is the harbinger of spring.

  14. Missive (n.) • Letter • After reading about a tax increase, he sent a missive to his congressman.

  15. prate (v.) • To speak foolishly or about trivial matters • The girls would prate on and on about their favorite boy bands

  16. trifle (n.) • Something trivial or unimportant • He threw his life away as if it were a trifle.

  17. equivocate (v.) • To speak vaguely or be deliberately unclear; to speak in half-truths • The three witches equivocate with Macbeth.

  18. chide (v.) • Tell somebody off (gently) • The woman would chide her young son for misbehaving in public.

  19. parricide (n.) • The murder of one’s parents • No one could understand what drove her to parricide

  20. suborn (v.) • Persuade another to do wrong, esp. with a bribe • I tried to suborn my teachers to get better grades, but most of them refused.

  21. Blank Verse (n.) • Unrhymed iambic pentameter • (ten syllables per line, no end rhyme) • Most of Macbeth is written in blank verse • “Lower-class” characters speak in straight prose • Other characters deviate from blank verse if they are lying, speaking prophecy, or doing something out of the ordinary

  22. Blank Verse (n.) • Unrhymed iambic pentameter • (ten syllables per line, no end rhyme) • “All hail Macbeth. Hail to thee Thane of Glamis” (10 syllables) • “All hail Macbeth. Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor.” (11 syllables) • “All hail Macbeth, that shall be king hereafter.”(11 syllables)

  23. couplet (n.) • two lines of verse that form a unit alone or as part of a poem, especially two that rhyme and have the same meter

  24. Paradox (n.) • A statement that seems to be contradictory but that might be true when considered from a particular perspective. • Fair is foul and foul is fair. • To achieve peace, you must prepare for war.

  25. Aside (n.) • a remark made by an actor, usually to the audience, that the other characters on stage supposedly cannot hear • Asides are designated in the script of a drama • Ex: MACBETH (aside): This supernatural soliciting cannot be good; cannot be ill.

  26. Aside (n.) • a remark made by an actor, usually to the audience, that the other characters on stage supposedly cannot hear • In film, characters address the camera when using asides.

  27. intemperance (n.) • overindulgence, the inability to control one’s desires. • His intemperance lead to liver disease.

  28. laud (v.) • praise somebody • laudable (adj): worthy of praise • His performance on the football field was laudable.

  29. incensed (adj.) • angry • He was so incensed that he threw his toys across the room.

  30. entrails (n.) • innards (guts) • The hunters threw the elk’s entrails to the dogs.

  31. epicure (n.) • expert in food and wine and the “finer things” in life • To be a food critic, one must be a bit of an epicure.