Act 1 Essay

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Essential Question: What incites Macbeth to want to kill?

Directions: To give you a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the play, answer the following questions using COMPLETE SENTENCES. Submit through canvas.

Learning Objectives:

I will be able to analyze the development of central ideas or themes and summarize the key evidence/supporting details.

I will be able to explain how individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text

I will be able to draw evidence in a previously read text to stimulate a thoughtful well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

I will be able to navigate through reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology (origin).

1. Summarize the story the first witch tells. She explains how she asked a sailor’s wife for chestnuts and she told the witch to go away so she got very angered.
2. What do the witches plan in revenge? The witches plan to make Macbeth’s life miserable.
3. Why is Banquo confused by the witches when he first sees them? (What questions does he ask?) He is confused because they are so ugly and he has never seen stating, “That look not like the inhabitants o’ the earth, And yet are on’t? Live you?...”
4. When the witches first speak to Macbeth and Banquo what do they say? (Quote) They say things like, “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!” They continue to chant these things only towards Macbeth.
5. What do they prophesy for Banquo? They prophesy for Banquo is that he will have children that become kings.
6. Why is Macbeth, Thane of Galmis, confused by the witches’ prophecies? He is confused because he believes the Thane of Cawdor is still holding his position because he is a, “prosperous gentleman…” and to become king.
7. Why have Ross and Angus come? What message are they there to deliver? Ross and Angus have come to deliver Macbeth to the king and to give him his new title as a thank you for his bravery.
8. What does Macbeth mean when he says “Why do you address me in borrowed robes”? He asks this because he means that that is someone else’s title and it does not belong to him.
9. What is Angus’ response/reason? He responds that The Thane is not deserving of that title anymore and should be killed and Macbeth can take it for his noble deeds.
10. What does Macbeth mean by “the greatest is behind”? He means that a much greater person has yet to rise.
11. In lines 127-129, Macbeth says “Two truths are told /as happy prologues to the swelling Act / Of the imperial theme.” What “imperial theme” is he talking about? He is talking about him becoming king of Scotland.
12. In the quoted lines above, what are the “happy prologues”? The happy prologues are the news that the witches have told him which are true.
13. What is an “aside”? An aside is a character’s emotions, thoughts, inner feelings that is shared with the audience and only intended for the audience.
14. In Macbeth’s aside, (lines 130-142), what problems does Macbeth mention? What does he decide to do about his issue (lines 143-144)? Macbeth mentions that he is now having ideas of murdering the king to receive that title. Then he reflects and realizes that that is not the person he is and if it is meant to happen, it will.

Ms. Garza
English 10
Macbeth Act 1Sc.4

Essential Question: What does Macbeth’s meeting with Duncan reveal about human nature?
Directions: To give you a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the play, answer