1. What is the meaning of ‘fair is foul and foul is fair?’ This shows the idea of order and disorder. Showing that whatever that is fair is foul, and wanted by the witches. 2. What is the significance of Shakespeare beginning the play with the witches? In Shakespeare’s time people feared and believed in witches. The beginning of the novel was very appealing to the audience during that time period. 3. What evidence do we have of Macbeth’s bravery and the high regard Duncan holds him? As he enters battle he ‘disdains fortune’ only slaying his enemies for the king. Duncan believes that he is a ‘worthy gentleman”. 4. What is ironic about the lines ‘no more that Thane of Cawder shall deceive… greet Macbeth? Macbeth just before the previous scene thought of the king’s death and betrayal. This is ironic to what Duncan says ‘No more Thane of Cawdor shall deceive… greet Macbeth. 5. What are the 3 predictions for Macbeth?
That he will be the Thane of Glamis, Cawdor and later become the king. 6. What is the prediction for Banquo?
That his son will become the King one day.
7. How does each man react to the words of the witches?
Macbeth is “rapt withal” while the prediction to become King after hearing the news that he is now the Thane of Cawdor. Banquo on the other hand thinks that these are mere lies told by the “instruments of darkness” gaining confidence with honest trifles, only to betray us”. 8. What indications are there that Macbeth may have already thought of killing Duncan? How does he feel about the idea? “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical”… Macbeth has thoughts of Murdering Duncan, but he knows that these thoughts are wrong, He does not act upon these thoughts due to the expectation set upon him, however these thoughts of becoming king are what he really desires. 9. What does ‘there’s no art/ to find the mind’s construction in the face’ mean? It means that you cannot trust a person, by through the means of reading the mind through a person’s...
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