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Brief summary of plot: the witches plan to meet again after a battle, when one side has won and the other has lost. They plan to meet in an open field with Macbeth.
The witches’ spirit friends are animals:h
The cats name is graymalkin, and the toads name is paddock.
Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lennox, Ross, Macbeth, and Cawdor
At the start of scene two Scotland is at war, which is Duncan, who facing an invasion of the Norwegians. Duncan receives three significant reports during this scene: the death of the rebel Macdonald who is killed by the great Macbeth, Macbeth's dominance over the Norwegians, and the Thane of Cawdor, who decided to side with the enemy. Although, Macbeth's dominace isthe main point of this scene as he leads Scotland to a victory. Finally, Duncan orders for Cawdor to be executed and his title to be passed on to Macbeth.
Characters involved: Macbeth, Banquo, The three witches, Ross, and Angus
Duncan- king of Scotland; Forres is his palace
Malcolm- eldest son of Duncan
Macbeth- general in army; very high up in government; Thane of Glamis
Banquo- general in army; high up in government
At the castle, King Duncan inquires to Malcolm if the Thane of Cawdor’s execution is over. Malcolm informs him that the Thane of Cawdor repented his actions. In response, King Duncan says that there is no way of knowing a person's thoughts, whether good or evil, in the physiognomy of the face. King Duncan also says that the Thane of Cawdor betrayed him although he had trusted him. This is ironic because in the same way Macbeth plots to kill King Duncan albeit with a sweet and servile countenance. At this point, Macbeth enters and King Duncan exclaims that he can never amply recompense him for all of his work. Macbeth replies that his work him is a reward in itself. King Duncan highly praises Banquo also. Then, in front of everyone, King Duncan announces that his son Malcolm is the heir to the throne. Macbeth asks to be excused from the king’s assembly so that he can write a letter to his wife telling her about the turn of events that have just taken place in the palace. Macbeth also decides that he must kill King Duncan and his son Malcolm if he is to be king; in the space of a scene, his mind is firmly resolved to commit the murders.
Foreshadowing: Duncan tells of how he is surprised by the betrayal of the Thane of Cawdor, this foretells the surprise by Macbeth's possible betrayal.
Lady Macbeth is reading a letter from Macbeth. He tells her that he met witches that had supernatural knowledge, and that messengers told him that he would be the future king, thane of Cowder. He also tells her to keep this a secret. Lady Macbeth then finds out that the king is coming to their house tonight. Lady Macbeth then is thinking to herself how she plans to kill the king. Macbeth then comes home and tells Lady Macbeth that Duncan is coming there tonight. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he must put on a good show for the king and not let him suspect anything. She also says to just be in a peaceful mood so no one suspects suspicion and she will take care of the rest.
Lady Macbeth, Messenger, Macbeth
Duncan, Banquo, Lady Macbeth
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Scene 7 begins with Macbeth's exit from the feast being held at his castle. Macbeth begins to express doubts with his wife's plan to murder Duncan. Macbeth’s faith wavers as he explores the reasons he should not go through with this plan. He believes as Duncan’s kinsman, his host, and his newly promoted subject, he has no reason for killing the king, other than his own spaghetti advancement. As this takes place, Lady Macbeth enters, angry with her husband for leaving dinner. When Macbeth expresses his hesitance, Lady Macbeth verbally attacks him, calling him a coward and questioning his love. Lady Macbeth convinces him to carry on with their plan and tells him that she will get Duncan’s guards drunk, then kill the king with their daggers. She assures Macbeth the guards will be blamed, and no one will know of their crime.
Throughout the scene, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth use the image of a babe (baby) to show the way they think of the plan to kill Duncan. Macbeth says in his soliloquy many reasons why he shouldn’t kill Duncan, using this imagery to describe a reason. “And pity, like a naked new born babe, Striding the blast, or Heaven’s cherub horsed Upon the sightless couriers (Unseen messengers, i.e. the wind) of the air, Shall blow the horrid dead in every eye, That tears shall drown the wind.” He is saying Duncan receives the pity of a baby, and that the people he rules will all “drown the wind” with their tears if he’s killed. Lady Macbeth tells how he is not a man for being weak and says “I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his (the baby’s) boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.” She is saying she is stronger than him, and she is not afraid to kill the baby (Duncan).
The last line of Scene 7, Macbeth states “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” This is a reoccurring motif, and it’s also thematical because it is one of many quotes in Macbeth that follow “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” which is said in Scene 1 by a witch.
The scene takes place after midnight. Banquo can't sleep he is having a bad feeling about the night he had the dream about the three witches. Banquo tells Macbeth about his dream. Macbeth is concerned about losing honor by gaining some. Macbeth sends the servant to tell lady to ring bell when the drink is ready. He is planning to druken the guards. Lady rings the bell which is a signal. Macbeth imagines a dagger in the air dangling above him. The dagger represents his guilt he sees the bloody dagger again.
Notes/ literary terms
allusion- reference to a person, a place, an event, or a literary work that a writer expects the reader to recognize and respond to.
Characters Involved: Lady Macbeth, Macbeth
Notes/Literary Terms: An owl shriek signals the death of Duncan, along with the bell.
A fatal bellman rang a a bell at midnight outside a condemned man's cell on the night of an execution, bidding him to repent his sins.
The blood Macbeth cannot seem to wash from his hands is a symbol of his guilt for murdering Duncan.
Macbeth also said that he "murdered his sleep" when he murdered Duncan. He claimed, "Cawdor shall sleep no more."
Characters Involved: Porter, Macduff, Lennox, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Malcolm,
Old Man, Ross, Macduff
Lady Macduff, Ross, Son, Messenger, First Murderer
Fair is Foul,Foul is Fair- I am in this earthly world,where to do harm,is often laudable to do good sometime accounted dangerous tolly
Forshawdowing-lady macbeth doesnt know what will happen to tem
Malcom, Macduff, Ross, Doctor
Outside King Edward’s palace, Malcolm speaks with Macduff, telling him that he does not trust him since he has left his family in Scotland and may be secretly working for Macbeth.
Malcolm goes on and talks about how he doesnt see that Macduff isn't fit to be king, since he claims to be lustful, greedy, and violent. At first, Macduff politely disagrees but can't help but agree with Malcolm
that he shouldn't be king, and so he passes Malcolm's "loyalty test."
Ross then enters and tells Macduff that is children and wife are well, sensing that something is wrong Macduff urgres Ross to tell him more. Ross then explains that Macbeth had sent people to kill is wife,
children and servants. At first Macduff is really depressed until Malcolm urges him to turn his sadness into anger, which does work and Macduff promises that Macbeth will pay for his actions.
Doctor, Gentlewoman, Lady Macbeth,
Characters: Menteith, Angus, Caithness, Lenox
- Macbeth, Servant, Seyton, Doctor
Macbeth feels lonely and deserted he says he can’t be infected with fear. He talks about the prophesies “Fear not, Macbeth, no man that’s born of a woman shall e’er have power upon thee.” The servant tells Macbeth about the ten thousand troops coming. Macbeth prepares for his death and says he has lived long enough. Macbeth plans to fight to the death of him. “I’ll fight till from bones my flesh be hacked”. Doctor tells Macbeth that lady Macbeth isn’t sick she’s troubled with the guilt. Macbeth wants the doctor to give an antidote to cure her. The doctor replies that she can only make herself better. Macbeth wants the doctor to figure out what exactly is wrong and wants him to come up with a cure and bring it to him. Macbeth won’t be afraid of death until the birnam wood comes to dunsinane.
The scene takes place in the country near Birnam Wood. Malcolm opens the scene with his hopes that they will be safe in their homes soon. Siward ask what is the type of wood surrounding the soldiers and Menteith answers with “The Wood of Birnam.” Malcolm proclaims that each soldier shall bear a bough before him to shadow their numbers. This fulfills the prophecy made by the third apparition to Macbeth and is the primary purpose of the scene.
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