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Macbeth. Act 1. Scene 1. The witches want to meet with Macbeth Heath: wide open hill Graymalkin – 1 st witch helper – gray cat Paddock – 2 nd witch helper – toad Killed Macdonwald by slicing him in half. Scene 2. Thane: Scottish title of nobility

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macbeth

Macbeth

Act 1

scene 1
Scene 1
  • The witches want to meet with Macbeth
  • Heath: wide open hill
  • Graymalkin – 1st witch helper – gray cat
  • Paddock – 2nd witch helper – toad
  • Killed Macdonwald by slicing him in half
scene 2
Scene 2
  • Thane: Scottish title of nobility
  • Duncan wants to make Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor
scene 3
Scene 3
  • Witches talking about things they have done
  • Themes in the play: murder, sleeplessness, supernatural
  • Witches look like men
  • 3 predictions: 1. Thane of Glamis 2. Thane of Cawdor (Macbeth is unaware of the previous Thane’s death) 3. Macbeth will be king
  • Banquo wants to know his predictions. Will not be king but lead a happier life. His children will be kings.
  • Banquo thinks they must have hallucinated
  • Ross tells Macbeth that he is the new Thane
scene 4
Scene 4
  • Aside: character speaking to the audience
  • Macbeth shares that he has thought about murdering Duncan, hopes fate will make him king.
scene 5
Scene 5
  • Macbeth’s castle: Inverness
  • Macbeth and Lady Macbeth – mutual respect, open with each other, she is also ambitious
  • Lady’s reaction to the letter 1. thinks Macbeth is to kind 2. he is not as ambitious as her.
  • “Yet I do fear thy nature: it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.”
  • Also has murderous thoughts
  • She is going to tell Macbeth what to do
  • “unsex me here…” lose feminine characteristics gentleness/kindness (men have an easier time being cruel)
  • Lady Macbeth wants to kill Duncan tonight but Macbeth is unsure
scene 6
Scene 6
  • King Duncan comments on the castle’s beauty
  • Ironic because he will die there
scene 7
Scene 7
  • Macbeth’s soliloquy: should I kill him or not?
  • Reasons why he shouldn’t 1. great king 2. loyal subject 3. worries about being caught 4. he is the host and supposed to protect him (these reasons convince him not to kill him)
  • Lady Macbeth calls him a coward attacking his manhood “Then you were a man you said you would do it. You promised me. You are not a man.”
  • Devise a plan to get the guards drunk and then kill Duncan so that the guards will be blamed
  • Macbeth is dreading the crime “terrible feat”