Vocabulary: (L 4a)-I will be able to use context as a clue to find the meaning of a word or phrase
Act. IV sc.II: Meaning of the Line
Vocabulary Word + Who said it + Quoted Line
Laudable-(adj) praiseworthy ; commendable
Who said it: Lady Macduff
Quote: “I am in this earthly world, where to do harm
Is often laudable, to do good sometime”
Meaning: Doing evil is often praised and doing well is usually a mistake.
Directions: To give you a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the play, answer the following questions using COMPLETE SENTENCES on a separate sheet of paper. Be sure to use your Scene Guide to help you if you need it.
I will be able to clearly cite evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly. (RL.1)
I will be able to analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text in order to advance the plot or develop the theme. (RL. 4)
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 produce CLEAR and COHERENT writing where the development, organization, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose and audience.
1. What is Macduff’s wife’s reaction to the news that Macduff has left her? Lady Macduff feels betrayed after hearing the news that her husband has fled. She says things like, “To leave his wife, to leave his babes, his mansion and his titles in a place from whence himself does fly? He loves us not…” (Lines 7-9) Where she states how she truly feels about his fleeing; mentioning that Macduff does not genuinely love them.
2. How does Ross justify Macduff’s actions of having left, to his wife? He says to Macduff’s wife, “He is noble, wise, judicious, and best knows
The fits o' th' season. I dare not speak much further;
But cruel are the times when we are traitors
And do not know ourselves; when we hold rumor
From what we fear, yet know not what we fear…” (Lines 16-21) Ross mentions that under the circumstances, Macduff felt it was the best to leave and that he is indeed fearful and that because he was called a traitor for no apparent reason, it doesn’t mean good things.
3. What does Lady Macduff tell her son about Macduff? Lady Macduff tells her son