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Macbeth - Act I

Act I
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Mr. Skocik

on 27 October 2016

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Transcript of Macbeth - Act I

1.2 Summarize
1.6 Shakespearean Drama
1.6.24-31
How does Duncan addressing Lady Macbeth show dramatic irony?
1.5 Language
1.5.35-50
Identify words or phrases with powerful connotations.
What mood do these words create & what do they reveal about Lady Macbeth?
1.5 Character
1.5.12-27
What can you infer about Lady Macbeth based on her soliloquy? Cite evidence.

Discuss with back partner:
Based on Macbeth's actions thus far, does Lady Macbeth have reason to fear her husband lacks the necessary ruthlessness to become King?

1.5 Theme
Notice how themes can come together.
1.1 Theme
1.1.10
What do the three witches mean? How do you think this statement will reflect the drama as a whole?
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Drama by
William Shakespeare

EQ: How can I analyze motivation, interaction, and theme?
1.4 Theme
1.4.11-14
What does Duncan say about the former Thane of Cawdor?
How does this relate to a theme?
1.4 Theme
1.4.48-53
Paraphrase these lines.
How do these lines contrast with Macbeth's earlier thoughts about his destiny?
"If chance will have me king, why, chance may/ crown me/ Without my stir" (1.3.143-144).
1.3 Theme
1.3.38
Why does Macbeth call the day both fair and foul?
How does this relate to the theme?
1.3 Character
1.3.118-126
Contrast Banquo's and Macbeth's reactions now that the first part of the prophecy has come true.
1.3 Character
1.3.48-76
What do the witches say to Macbeth?
How does he respond?
What does his response reveal about his character?
1.3 Shakespearean Drama
1.3.70-76
How could Macbeth's reaction foreshadow his tragic flaw?
1.7 Character
1.7.25-35
Predict what lines 25-28 foreshadow.
What do Macbeth's thoughts and declaration to Lady Macbeth reveal about his motivations and internal conflict?
The Cast
Copy this information into your notes for reference.
Act I - Scene 1
An open place in Scotland.
First Witch, Second Witch, Third Witch
A theme is the message about life or humanity the author wants to share with the reader. A work of literature as complex and intense as Macbeth can have multiple themes.
Act I - Scene 2
King Duncan's camp near the battlefield.
Duncan, Malcolm, Captain, Lennox, Ross
Who led the battle?
What does Duncan learn about Macbeth?
Where does Duncan learn this information?
Why does Duncan order Cawdor's execution?
How does Duncan plan to reward Macbeth?
Macbeth & Banquo on one side; Macdonwald, the King of Norway on the other
Macbeth fought bravely (and brutally) to defeat the opposing armies.
...at a camp near the battlefield.
He is a traitor; he helped the King of Norway.
He will make Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor.
Act I - Scene 3
A bleak place near the battlefield.
First Witch, Second Witch, Third Witch, Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, Angus
"Fair is foul and foul is fair" (1.1.10).
Macbeth reciting this line indicates that he may potentially embody the witches "mixing up" of foul and fair.
1.2.1-44
The dialogue, actions, and reactions of characters reveal a great deal about their personalities and motivations .
A tragic hero comes to ruin because of a tragic flaw. A flaw can be an error in judgment or a weakness in character.
1.3 Theme
A literary work may have multiple themes that build on each other.
Appearances vs. Reality ("Fair is foul...")
Identify another theme that has emerged involving Macbeth specifically.

The dangers of ambition.
1.3.143-144
What theme do these lines suggest?

Fate vs. Free will
Fate is a powerful concept in Shakespearean tragedy.
Act I - Scene 4
A room in the King's palace at Forres.
Duncan, Malcolm, Macbeth, Banquo
Act I - Scene 5
Macbeth's castle at Inverness.
Lady Macbeth, Messenger, Macbeth
Soliloquy -
a speech made when a character is alone on the stage, used to reveal his or her private thoughts and feelings.
may help the audience understand a character's motivation.

Lady Macbeth reveals her thoughts about prophecies, herself, and her husband.
1.5.58-67
Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth to appear innocent (appearance vs. reality) in order to hide his brutal plans (dangers of ambition).
Why use the word serpent?
Who is more of a serpent, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?
Act I - Scene 6
In front of Macbeth's castle.
Duncan, Banquo, Lady Macbeth
Dramatic Irony - when the audience is knowledgeable of information the characters are unaware of.
Act I - Scene 7
A room in Macbeth's castle.
Macbeth, Lady Macbeth
Catalyst- someone who drives the hero into action

Notice how the hero can be both noble and flawed in tragedy.
1.7 Theme
1.7.77-82
How does the dialogue between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth reflect a theme of the play? Cite evidence.
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