Macbeth

Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth of Scotland Pages: 3 (640 words) Published: July 28, 2013
Macbeth Questions

Act 1 Scene 1 and 2
The quote “fair is foul” and “foul is fair” are paradoxical statements as they mean the same

Act II Scene I+II
3) Macbeth sees a dagger floating above him in the air and its tip aiming towards Duncan. Macbeth tries to grasp the dagger but fails. He thinks it is a real dagger, which is a false creation. This is to show that Macbeth is ready to kill Duncan, but is afraid of the consequences and the guilt which comes along with it as a result, “Is this a dagger before me, the handle toward my hand, come let me clutch thee. “Art thou vision or sensible” p51

Macbeth contradicts himself when he says that he did not think about the witches’ prophecies, only after Banquo had brought it up. Banquo is thinking of the prophecy, and how Macbeth became Thane of Cawdor. This happens before Macbeth kills Duncan. He is trying to hide his guilt, even before he did anything wrong. Macbeth says “I think not of them”, only after Banquo says “I dreamt of the Weird Sisters last night” p 51

Scene II
2) Macbeth is disturbed after murdering Duncan, as he is full of guilt, however Lady Macbeth is very calm, and tells him not to worry. “Consider it not so deeply”. She also questions his manhood, and is shocked that he wanted to kill Duncan, without facing any consequences. “MY hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white” p59

Act III
2) Banquo is noble, honorable and loyal to Macbeth. However, Macbeth wants to kill him and his son Fleance in order to become king. This is because this it the prophecy of the Weird SIsters that Banquo’s sons would become king. “Given to the common enemy of men, to make them kings, the seeds of Banquo’s kings” “Rather than so, come for into the list and champion me in the utterance” p 85

3) These arguments Macbeth uses to convince the murders are such as when he says that Banquo did not help them when they needed it. “Are you so godspeed that pray for this good man, whose heavy hand...
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