Macbeth

The tragedy of Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare, probably between 1603 and 1606. The play has been adapted into operas, movies, television programs, and other books.

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What is the resolution in the play Macbeth?

Macbeth and Macduff fight to the death, and Macduff comes out victorious. Malcolm becomes King of Scotland.

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What examples of metonymy is there in Macbeth?

Here's one example: "blood will have blood" (Act 3, Scene 4, line 121); in other words, "a killing will be revenged by another killing."

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How old is Lady Macbeth?

In her thirties.

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What are the kingly qualities identified by Malcolm act4 scene 3?

Justice, verity, temperance, stableness, bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, devotion, patience, courage, fortitude. He left out tediousness, although from this speech and this scene in general he seems much attached to this quality.

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What was the real Macbeth like?

He was very civil and a very nice guy. He was respected on the battlefield and a lot of people liked him. Shakespeare wrote the play in honor of King James so he made King Duncan, the WAY nicer form of King James and Macbeth like he is in the play to please King James. Macbeth wasn't very liked by King James because he was jealous of everyone liking Macbeth.

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How does Duncan feel about Macbeth and Banquo?

bad

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How did Macbeth respond to the prophecies?

Macbeth's first reaction is to dismiss the prophecies out of hand, as would any sane person. However, the grain of truth, and his own ambition, are what lead him to wonder, though not necessarily believe, the prophecies to be true. It can be argued that it is not his reaction to the prophecies which is important, but that of his wife. Lady Macbeth, who does not hesitate to believe the prophecies, is the one to spur her husband into the actions that follow, and lead to his eventual downfall.

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What are songs that describe Macbeth?

'Superstition' by Stevie Wonder, 'Papercut' by Linkin Park, 'Viva La Vida' by Coldplay, and 'Disturbia' by Rihanna. "Roll Away Your Stones" by Mumford & Sons is the best fit. It was directly written about the play...one of the lines is actually a direct quote from one of Macbeth's soliloquies.

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What is Macbeth's reaction to the three apparitions?

When Macbeth first meets the witches, he doesn't think much of what they've said until he is given the title of Thane of Cawdor which was the witches' second prophecy. This encourages his ambition, and is already contemplating murder to get to the throne, but he can't force himself to do the deed himself, and is therefore encouraged by his wife.

In the second set of prophecies Macbeth believes that he has nothing to worry about. The first apparition told him to beware Macduff, but the next two apparitions make him feel as if he does not need to worry. The second apparition tells Macbeth that he can only be killed by a man who is not born naturally from a woman. Macbeth believes that since all men are born from a woman this means that he doesn't need to worry about anyone. The third apparition tells Macbeth that he only needs to worry if the forest at the bottom of the hill that his castle is places atop begins to move up the hill. Macbeth rationalizes that a forest cannot move unless growing, which would take a large amount of time. Because of this, he believes that he is safe but just in case he decides to kill Macduff's family as a warning to him.

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How does Duncan die?

Macbeth kills Duncan in his sleep. He then covers Duncan's drunk guards in blood and leaves the dagger with them to pass the blame to them.

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Where in Macbeth does Macbeth seem to go insane?

Act 2, Scene 1: He begins hallucinating and thinks he sees a dagger pointing to Duncan's room.

In the Banquet Scene, Act 3 Scene 4, after seeing the ghost of Banquo.

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What revenge can Macduff not get on Macbeth?

The massacre of an entire household is the revenge that Macduff cannot get on Macbeth.

Specifically, Macbeth orders the murder of all inhabitants of Macduff's castle. Macduff suspects that Macbeth's actions are headed in that direction. So he escapes death by fleeing across the border between Scotland and England. He leaves behind his possessions and household, including his wife and family. In England, Macduff learns that there are no Macduff survivors other than himself in the aftermath of Macbeth's raid.

Ultimately, Macduff fights and kills his sovereign. But Macbeth's Lady already dies at her own hands, Macbeth appears to have no descendants, and Macbeth's supporters desert to the combined armies of the invading English and disgruntled Scots.

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What did Macbeth feel about the three prophecies?

Macbeth was elated

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Who slays Macbeth?

Macduff slays Macbeth.

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Who tells the king about macbeth's bravery in battle?

An injured captain.

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Why does Macbeth insist on fighting Macduff to the bitter end when he already acknowledges that what he's done is evil?

At first, Macbeth refuses to fight Macduff. He has already killed his family and besides he believes himself to be invincible so Macduff could not win. Macduff points out that he actually can defeat Macbeth, and then Macbeth does not want to fight him because he is pretty sure he'll lose. Fine, says Macduff, then we'll capture and humiliate you. Macbeth then insists on fighting to the bitter end to avoid the humiliation. It has nothing to do with whether he admits that what he has done is evil.

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What phobia does Macbeth have?

The phobia of mortality suddenly arising after false reassirance of immortality. When burnam wood began moving, his fears engulfed him

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Did Macbeth like Duncan?

he was very loyal to him and served him as a king

but at the same time he wanted to take the power.

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Is macbeth's downfall from honored noble to despised tyrant a result of fate or free will?

It's a result of free will.He is a human so he has a mind to differentiate between the good and the bad,he could have listened to Banquo's words instead of following his own desires and his evil wife.

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How is one of the witches prophecies coming true?

Not long after telling Macbeth he'll become Thane of Cawdor, he is given the title.

In the second set of prophecies, the witches seem to know Macbeth's castle will be stormed and how it will be taken over.

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Did King Duncan have just one son in Macbeth?

No. His eldest son was Malcolm and his youngest was Donalbain.

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What happens in act 1 Macbeth?

We meet the characters. We're introduced to the theme of the supernatural vs religion.

We meet Macbeth as a noble fighter, who after meeting the witches begins mentally deteriorating and we see Lady Macbeth as a duplicitous character who is just hungry for power.

We see Macbeth in the end of Act 1 trying to justify himself to kill Duncan, but the outcome is it's just for ambition.

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Why do you think Shakespeare made the opening scene of Macbeth feature the three witches?

In the rambunctious theatre of Shakespeare's day, it was sometimes hard to settle down the crowd and catch their attention. Shakespeare often had attention-grabbing scenes to start plays off: swordfights, ghosts, riots and so on. He also often had minor characters in the first scenes so if people were slow to catch on they wouldn't miss a lot.

The witches proved to be a great attention-getter, even though they have nothing important to say in scene 1 (their important stuff comes in scene 3). At the same time, their first appearance is not essential to the plot, so if people are finishing their conversation in scene 1 they can pay attention to scene 2, where the setup of the play is going to be explained by the bloody sergeant.

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Why are the doctors and gentle woman observing lady Macbeth?

Because they are trying to find out why Lady Macbeth is going crazy and what secret is she hiding from others.

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What is the purpose of act II scene iv in Macbeth?

The scene is divided into two parts. In the first, Ross and an old man talk about all the strange portents which accompanied the murder. Since a lot of this has already been heard in the conversation between Lennox and Macbeth, thus creating the pathetic fallacy intended, this scene is considered superfluous by some directors. The second half of the scene, after Macduff enters, tells us the result of the council called after the murder: the grooms are found guilty of the murder, Malcolm and Donalbain are suspected of bribing them to do so by reason of their flight, and Macbeth has been named as the new king. We also find out something about Macduff's character--while Ross will attend the coronation, Macduff, who is not a courtier, would rather stay at home. This prepares us for Macbeth's question later on "How say'st thou that Macduff denies us his person at our great bidding?"

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