Macbeth Study Guide Notes for Acts 1-4.

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Act 1

1.The point of the first scene is that it is the exposition and it sets the mood with darkness and a storm. It also introduces motifs, supernatural things, the idea of things and the stormy fate of Scotland. It shows the witches deciding when they'll meet again and introduces Macbeth.

2.Duncan calls Macbeth valiant cousin/worthy gentleman. This is ironic because Macbeth will be his murderer.

3.The Thane of Cawdor is sentenced to death.

4.For Macbeth, the witches predict that first he will be Thane of Glamis, then Thane of Cawdor, and last, king.

5.Ross announces he is Thane of Cawdor.

6.Banquo says that the witches play with minds, often telling good things without the bad consequences.

7.Duncan replies he trusted the Thane of Cawdor.

8. Macbeth's desires are to be king. He realizes something will have to be done to achieve that.

9.Lady Macbeth tells us her opinion of Macbeth is that he is too kind to kill because he lacks courage. She plans to help him by convincing him to take the crown one way or another.

10. Lady Macbeth's prayer is that she wants to be filled with cruelty and she will do whatever has to be done for Macbeth to be king.

11. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to hide his feelings and for him to look evil even when his heart is full of evil.

12.Three conflicts that Macbeth argues to himself about murdering Duncan are:

-As Duncan's kinsman and subject, he has certain obligations to the king.

-Macbeth entertains Duncan, therefore he is obligated to protect him.

-Duncan is a good king, he is fair and is well-loved, so there will a great uprising against the person who kills him.

13. Lady...