Macbeth Study Guide Essay
Macbeth Study Guide
Act 1 1. What reason can you think of as why Macbeth is first introduced to us through the witches? E.g.To tell us, that Macbeth was a good guy before he’s darkest wish has been prophesied or for tolled. We learn how Macbeth deals with the prophecy towards the witches have told him 2. Explain what you think is meant by the paradoxical: Fair is foul, foul is fair. E.g. Good is bad, bad is good towards the witches? Macbeth is a fair man who appears foul in the witches’ eyes, but when they tell him the prophecy’s and Macbeth turns foul (bad) he then appears fair towards the witches. Good and evil not so clear throughout the film. Everything iss turned upside down.
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Macbeth’s entry is a shock because his first words echo those of the witches in scene one:
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
1. What might this mean in a literal sense? 2. What effect does it have on our initial response to Macbeth?
Macbeth and Banquo are confronted by the witches who predict both Macbeth’s and Banquo’s future. Analyse Banquo’s reaction to their prophecy regarding Macbeth.
1. What does he suggest about Macbeth’s reaction? 2. What is significant about his use of the words fear and fair in this context? 3. What does his challenge to the witches suggest about this character?
Immediately following the disappearance of the witches, Ross and Angus bring the news that we, as an audience, already know regarding the Thaneship of Cawdor. This situation where the audience knows more than the characters is called dramatic irony. 1. How does Banquo react? 2. Macbeth’s reaction takes the form of a metaphor:
Why do you dress me
In borrowed robes?
Explain this metaphor. The clothes metaphor is used throughout the play. Play careful attention to how and why it is used whenever you come across it. 3. Why does Banquo warn Macbeth about his reaction to the prophecies? What does this warning suggest about Banquo’s