Help with Macbeth questions please and thank you1. Using specific refrences and quotes discuss how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth react to Duncans Murder (out of 10 pts) 2. Using specific refrences and...

Help with Macbeth questions please and thank you

1. Using specific refrences and quotes discuss how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth react to Duncans Murder (out of 10 pts)

2. Using specific refrences and quotes compare Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's attitude toward the blood in scene 2 (out of 10 points)

 

Each question is out of 10 points and what would i have to say in each question to get full marks? (I just transferrd school and we have different curriculum and Macbeth is just confusing..)

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jon0111 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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The question is quite specific. Locate each character's reaction to the murder and the sight of blood. It's best to start by finding a line you know is significant. Then, think of a "This shows..." sentence.

For instance: Lady Macbeth says "A little water clears us of this deed." This shows that she feels.

When you write your answer you should change it to something that flows more naturally:

It is clear that Lady Macbeth feels ----- when she scolds her husband, telling him that "a little water clears us of this deed."

To show distinction from each character's reaction, use words like "however," "while", and "although." For instance,

It is clear that Lady Macbeth feels -------------. Her husband, however, feels quite differently.

Be specific. Use quotations that have a clear significance and explain your ideas concisely.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth react differently to their assassination of Duncan. 

The information you need is in Act 2, Scene 2.  Macbeth is unable to say "Amen" when he overhears a prayer being said and wants to join in.  He hears a voice that tells him he has murdered sleep and that he will never sleep again.  He is confused and dazed, even forgetting to leave behind the bloody daggers that are supposed to provide evidence against the two grooms.  He is obsessed with Duncan's blood on his hands, and says all of the blood in the ocean could not clean the blood off of his hands.

In contrast, Lady Macbeth is in full control of herself.  Even though she hears the owl scream and the cricket's cry, she is not feeling the effects of guilt yet, as her husband is.  She tells him "Consider it not so deeply."  She says "These deeds must not be thought/After these ways; so, it will make us mad."  She dismisses his worries about the blood with:  "A little water clears us of this deed." 

I've given you some quotes from Lady Macbeth.  Adding a few from Macbeth should now be easy for you. 

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