Act 4 and Act 5 QuestionsPLEASE HELP ME. im having trouble answering these!! even if you answer one, its a HUGE help!!!!!! Act 4: 1. Choose a character from Act 4 for whom you feel sympathy....

Act 4 and Act 5 Questions

PLEASE HELP ME. im having trouble answering these!! even if you answer one, its a HUGE help!!!!!!

Act 4:

1. Choose a character from Act 4 for whom you feel sympathy. Describe the character and explain why he or she elicits a sympathetic response. 

Act 5:
1. Review Macbeth's speech in Scene 3, lines 27-31. Name the things that Macbeth thinks should accompany old age. What does he think will happen to him instead? Rewrite this short speech in your own words.

2. Describe Malcolm's promises for his first actions as King of Scotland, as set forth in the final speech of the play. 

3. What do you think was Macbeth's biggest mistake?

4. Why do you think Macbeth decides to leave the safety of the castle for the battlefield, instead of waiting out a siege - his original plan?

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rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For Act 5, you could use question number 4 as the answer to question number 2.

Regarding the others, Malcolm says all of his his loyal thanes and kinsmen will be named earls of Scotland. He also says he will recall everyone who fled into exile out of fear that Macbeth would have them killed.

Macbeth says that "honour, love, obedience, and troops of friends" should accompany old age. Instead he will have "curses" from his many enemies.

I'd say the most sympathetic character in Act 4 is Macduff, who experiences the murder of his entire family.



mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

question #1

 Certainly, readers and audiences of Macbeth must be sympathetic to the tragic plight of Lady Macduff, who feels betrayed as her husband so quickly leaves her and flees the country. She does not understand why Macduff has so suddenly left, and fears that he is a traitor.  When she talks with her son, he does not sympathize with her, and when the murderers appear and call Macduff a liar the boy shouts, "Thou li'st, thou shag-eared villain."  Macduffs son is then stabbed, and his poor mother must witness his death.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think Macbeth's biggest mistake was reporting what the witches told him to his wife. After the strange encounter he could, like Banquo, have let events take their natural course, and he may have embraced success, as he speculated "without my stir". By Telling Lady Macbeth, he fires her ambition, which is far stronger than his own.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Macbeth's biggest mistake was listening to the witches. He never should have done this in the first place, and he should have known in the end that they were playing him. That was how Macbeth became susceptible to Macduff and eventually killed.
bhawanipur | Student

Act-V, Q-3

The biggest mistake on Macbeth's part was his greed for power and to cling to it by any means by fair or foul. The witches are symbolic. Actually, those were the thoghts always born by Macbeth. But he was not in a position to determine unless he proves his eligibility to the people of Scotland. The victory in the battle offered him the opportunity. To fulfill desire, we need inspiration from the closest and most trusted. Lady Macbeth played the part to lit the fire in his heart.


Macbeth was consumed of over confidence. He felt secured by the prediction of the witches made in the second meeting.

The second witch stated that no man born of woman will harm Macbeth. The third with said “Macbeth shall never be vanquished until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him.”

Thus he was sure that none could defeat and kill him. It was his ignorance that took him out of the castle and his over confidence of the predictions. He did not see the clues in them.

bhawanipur | Student


In Act-Iv, I feel sympathy for Macduff. He never thought for the safety of his wife and son but of the people of Scotland. He fled to England not for himself but to get rid Scotland of the tyrant. It cost him much that he had to lose his wife and son. Its a great sacrifice on the part of Macduff.

Act-V, Q-2

Malcolm assures the people that Scotland will be restored to a peaceful place when he is King. Malcolm vows to honor the Thanes and kinsmen that helped in the fight against Macbeth with the title of Earl. The drama ends with Malcolm inviting the victors to his coronation at Scone.


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