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Macbeth Act 5

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Macbeth - Act 5 Questions and Answers Scene ii Scene iii 1.What reports does the servant bring Macbeth, or try to? 3.Will Macbeth be happy as long as he holds on to his title? How do you know? 2.Why does Macbeth make light of the servant's reports? 3.What does the clothing imagery mean ("Now does he feel his title/Hang loose about him...")? 2.Why is it significant that Macbeth is now referred to as a tyrant? Does he have the support of those he commands? 1.Who are Meteith, Caithness, and Angus? 1.Why has the doctor been called to Dunsinane? 3.In your own words, what is the doctor's evaluation of Lady Macbeth's problem? Scene i The doctor has been called to Dunsinane to observe Lady Macbeth because she has been sleepwalking. Meteith, Caithness, and Angus are noble men fighting against Macbeth. It is significant that Macbeth is now referred to as a tyrant because he was only concerned about his throne and he killed anyone that was a threat to him. He was loved and had support from everyone, but now everyone fears him. The servant tries to warn Macbeth about the approach of soldiers under Siward, the English Earl of Northumberland. Yes, Macbeth will be happy as long as he holds his title and I know this because he says, "I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hack'd" which tells us that he will do whatever it takes to stay king. The reason why Macbeth didn't take the reports seriously is because he had faith in the witches prophecies. 2.What motion does Lady Macbeth make continuously? Lady Macbeth continuously does the "washing hands" motion. From evaluating Lady Macbeth, the doctor says that she is sleepwalking and confessing her sins. He said that the problem is within herself and cannot be fixed by anyone but herself. Scene v 3.Peraphrase Macbeth's soliloquy following the announcement of his wife's death Scene vi, vii Scene viii 4.What does the doctor wish? The doctor wishes he was far away from Dunsinane. Scene iv 1.Why does Malcom tell the soldiers to cut boughs from the trees in Birnam Wood? Since Macbeth's castle is on a hill, he can see anything when he overlooks his kingdom. Malcom tells the soldiers to cut boughs from the trees in Birnam Wood in order for them to disguise the size of the army that will attack Macbeth. 1.What happens at the beginning of this scene? During the night at the kings palace, a doctor and gentlewoman observe Lady Macbeth's strange habits of sleepwalking. She starts bemoaning the murders of Lady Macduff and Banquo and she seems to see blood on her hands. She says that nothing will ever wash it off. She ends up dying from an unsuspected illness. 2.How does Macbeth react? Macbeth reacts very calmly to the death of his wife, almost like he did not care at all. In his aside, he says that she should have died later on so that he could mourn over her death. She should have died hereafter;
She should have died later / a more fitting time.

There would have been a time for such a word.
There would have been time to talk / to say good-bye.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
A meaningless succession of days.

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
Time is measured in this insignificant way.


And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.
After each day that passes by, we are closer to death.

Out, out, brief candle!
Life on Earth is short.

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more:
Life is like a moving shadow that makes no impression; or a bad actor that walks on stage and makes a great show of performing for a short time but is never hear of again.

it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Life is short and what we make out of it is meaningless.
4.What message is delivered to Macbeth? Birnam Wood is rapidly approaching the castle. 1.What are the attitudes of Siward and Macduff as they prepare to fight? 1.Exlain the line, "Of all men else I have avoided thee!" Macbeth says this line to Macduff, which means he is the only man he avoided since he has already killed his whole family. 2.What surprise does Macbeth learn from Macduff? The surprise we learn from Macduff is that he was delivered by a cesarean section, so he technically was not born from a woman. 3.Does Macbeth give up when he realizes he has been tricked by the witches? Macbeth does not give up when he realizes he has been tricked by the witches. He says, "I will not yield to kiss the ground before young Malcom's feet and to be baited with the rabble's curse. Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane, and thou opposed being of no woman born, yet I will try the last." 4.What "prize" does Macduff bring to Malcolm? Macduff brings Macbeth's head as a "prize" for Malcolm. 5.Who will be King of Scotland? Malcolm They are confidant and will fight until the end. 2.Why is Macbeth unafraid of Young Siward? Macbeth is unafraid of Young Siward because of the witches' predictions. The three witches had told Macbeth to fear only the movement of Birnam Wood to Dunsinane, the man not born of woman, and Macduff. 3.What spurs Macduff on with such determination? Revenge spurs Macduff on with such determination. He wants to get back at Macbeth for killing his entire family. The clothing imagery ("Now does he feel his title/Hang loose about him...") means that Macbeth is realizing his role or responsibilities are too big for him to fill.
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