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Macbeth, Act 4 Scene 1 & 2
Transcript of Macbeth, Act 4 Scene 1 & 2
Theme #1: One will succumb to treacherous measures to achieve what they desire the most.
Theme #2: People will choose to believe what they want and avoid the truth in order to protect themselves.
Macbeth, Act 4 Scene 1 & 2
Macbeth seeks out the witches and demands for them to answer his questions.
The witches warn Macbeth to beware of the Thane of Fife; Macduff
They reveal that no one born of a woman can harm him and that a forest will come to Macbeth for his demise.
Macbeth then begins to plot his murder of Macduff and his family
Ross is shown to have betrayed Lady Macduff as he does not reveal the plans of her and her son's murder.
Lady Macduff claims her husband is a traitor as he left them and fled to England
A messenger comes to warn Lady Macduff to flee with her son because danger is coming her way.
Murderers enter and kill Lady Macduff's son and is followed by the murderers when she tries to escape.
When Macbeth is told to beware of Macduff,he begins to plot his murder.
The literary devices that can be found throughout Act 4 Scenes 1 & 2 are the following:
An isolated place. Thunder. Enter the three Witches with a cauldron" -Description of Scene 1"
"By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes; Open locks, whoever knocks"
"Thunder. Enter First Apparition, an armed head"
"Thunder. Enter Second Apparition, a bloody child"
"Thunder. Enter Third Apparition, a Child crowned with a tree in his hand"
"Enter a show of eight kings, and the last with a glass in his hands; Banquo's Ghost following"
"From what we fear, yet know not what what we fear, but float upon a wild and violent sea"
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He is controlling/demanding
He is proud and joyed
Becomes bothered after hearing about Banquo's decendants
Worried and Paranoid
Don't give out much information
Act as a temptation of evil
Frightened for her safety
- Answers to MacBeth's questions
- Encourages death
"The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth" (Shakespeare 65).
-“Be bloody, bold, and resolute”
- Bloody child
- Lady MacDuff's son references birds
-Lady MacDuff and her son are murdered
"The fragile wren, the smallest of birds, will fight against the owl when it threatens her young ones in the nest"
One will succumb to treacherous measures to achieve what they desire the most.
People will choose to believe what they want, and avoid the truth in order to protect themselves
Macbeth only chooses to believe obstacles that he thinks he can overcome and disregards the prophecies that do not make sense as a way to protect himself.
He believes that he is invincible because no one born of a women can harm him
he does not believe that a literal forest will come fight him
Macbeth threatens to curse the witches if they do not give him what he wants
“ Then live, Macduff. What need I fear of thee?
But yet I’ll make assurance double sure,
And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live,
That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,
And sleep in spite of thunder.”
“I will be satisfied. Deny me this,
And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know.
Why sinks that cauldron? And what noise is this?”
Lady Macduff does not think that harm will come her way
“Whither should I fly?
I have done no harm. But I remember now
I am in this earthly world, where to do harm
Is often laudable, to do good sometime
Accounted dangerous folly. Why then, alas,
Do I put up that womanly defense,
To say I have done no harm?”
“That will never be.
Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
Unfix his earthbound root? Sweet bodements! Good!
Rebellious dead, rise never till the wood
Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth
Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath
To time and mortal custom.”
Quote from Son:
Why should I, mother? Poor birds they are not set for.
My father is not dead, for all your saying.
Quote from Lady Maduff:
Sirrah, your father’s dead.
And what will you do now? How will you live?
Quote from Macbeth:
I conjure you by that which you profess—
Howe'er you come to know it—answer me.
Though you untie the winds and let them fight
Against the churches, though the yeasty waves
Confound and swallow navigation up,