Oct. 8, 2014
1. Scotland is at war at the opening of the play because Mackdonwald, a rebel, was trying to overthrow Duncan and make a deal with the King of Norway.
2. 1) Macbeth will be Thane of Glamis,
2) He will be Thane of Cawdor,
3) He will be King of Scotland.
3. Malcom is named heir to the Scottish throne since he is King Duncan's oldest son.
4. In Macbeth's first soliloquy, he expresses his doubts about murdering the king. Among the reasons he should not kill the king are his "double bond" as kinsman (countryman) and subject, which should make him oppose the deed he is contemplating.
5. They will smear the blood of Duncan on the sleeping chamberlains to cast the guilt upon them.
Analyzing and interpreting the play
1a) An atmosphere of evilness, sorcery and "for boding" The writer uses an exciting, yet foreshadowing tone in this introduction.
1b) "Fair is foul and foul is fair" is displayed in scene 3 by basically stating that Macbeth would have an unfortunate future while Banquo would have a prosperous one.
2a) The first impression of Macbeth is he is a merciless, courageous soldier.
2b) The impression is confirmed in scene 3 when it mentions he knows he's Thane of Glamis and a prosperous gentleman. It is not confirmed because it states that be will not be king.
3a) The reaction of Macbeth was somewhat shocked yet I think he was jealous. On the other hand, Banquo I think was modest.
3b) Since Banquo and Macbeth are keen; this provides the audience with a sharper image of Macbeth's mind by soliquys.
4a)&b) The evidence in the soliquy which starts off with "If it were done...." proves...