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Copy of Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7
Transcript of Copy of Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7
Answer the following question in essay format:
Is Macbeth's "vaulting ambition" a strength or weakness?
Use your teacher targets from your answers about Act 1 Scene 1.
Remember: Use PEE/ SQuID
One point per pargarpah. (6- 8 lines long)
Consider what Shakespeare has written AND what the Shakespearean audience would be.
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.
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 soliloquy between Macbeth's pros. and cons. about killing King Duncan.
Watch the following performance of the scene and consider:
Scene 6 Summary
•Duncan, his sons, Banquo, and a party 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 before Lady Macbeth finally takes the king to see her husband.
We see Lady MAcbeth as being capable of decieving even the king1
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. In one word describe Macbeth's character during his soliloquy.
2. Why is he considering the witches prophecy?
3. What words indicate an 'inner conflict'?
Macbeth can be seen as being indecisive. He is struggling to come to terms with the idea of committing such a bloody crime.
It is Macbeth's ambition- his drive to be the best- that allows him to reasonable consider the witches prophecy as true and to therefore kill Duncan.
Macbeth uses words that demonstrate his inner conflict: "Besides, First, But, Might, So".. These show him forming a balanced argument in his mind- he cannot make a decision.
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.