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Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7

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Ashley Witt

on 22 January 2014

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Transcript of Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7

Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7
Essay Task
(25 minutes)
Answer the following question in complete exam level essay format.

Does ambition make Macbeth weak or strong?
Quotation Task Answers

If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well It were done quickly.

If the assassination
Could trammel up the consequence, and catch
With his surcease success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We’d jump the life to come.

To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself And falls on th' other.

Quotation Task
Create a chart in your books that looks like the one below (large)

Analyze Macbeth's decision making process by weighing out hos options.

Divide the lines (quotes) of the solilique between pros. and cons. about killing King Duncan
Active listening to Macbeth's soliloque
Watch the following performance of the scene and answer, in full sentneces, the following 5 questions.
Scene 6 Summary
•Duncan, his sons, Banquo, and a bevy of noblemen arrive at Glamis Castle (Inverness), complimenting the Lady Macbeth, their "honoured hostess," for her seeming hospitality.
•Lady Macbeth is pretty charming here – she says that the Macbeth's are grateful for the "honours" bestowed on Macbeth by the king and tells the men to make themselves at home.
•There's a whole lot of very formal "You're so gracious." "No you're the one who's so gracious" talk here before Lady Macbeth finally takes the king to see her husband.

Learning Objective
To consider the impact that the theme of ambition has on Macbeth.

To be able to use evidence to support an argument
Read Act 1 scene 6 silently to yourself

When finished write, in bullet points, a brief summary of the plot in scene 6 (5 minutes)

When you have completed your individual summary, compare your answers with the person next to you.

1. How does Lady Macbeth appeal to pathos when questioning Macbeth's thoughts of not killing King Duncan?

2. What statement(s) by Macbeth could serve as foreshadowing?

3. In what ways does Macbeth convince himself that killing King Duncan is wrong?

Answer: She mocks Macbeth's masculinity, and explains how he would be more manly if he went through with the murder.

Answer: "Bloody instructions...return to plague th' inventor"-- This means that if Macbeth kills Duncan, bad things will come back to haunt him.

Answer: Macbeth uses logos-- he states that he is Duncan's kinsman, subject, and host, and that Duncan is a good king.
Pro. Killing Duncan Cons. for Killing Duncan


But in these cases We still have judgment here, that we but teach Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague th' inventor: this even-handed justice commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice To our own lips.

He’s here in double trust:
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself.

Besides, this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against The deep damnation of his taking-off;

And pity, like a naked newborn babe, Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubim, horsed Upon the sightless couriers of the air, Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, That tears shall drown the wind.
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