Macbeth Questions and Answers

Macbeth

In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth advises her husband to "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it." By this, she means that he should appear to be innocent to belie...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020, 4:07 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth's character changes drastically throughout the course of the play. In the beginning scenes of the first act, Macbeth is shown as a loyal and ruthless fighter under King Duncan. Yet, once...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2018, 8:39 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

At the end of act 1, scene 7 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth resolves to murder King Duncan and take the throne of Scotland for himself in order to fulfill the prophecy made to him by the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021, 4:08 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

These lines are spoken by King Duncan in act 1, scene 4 and refer to the duplicity of the former Thane of Cawdor, who has just been executed for treason. Malcolm praises the Thane of Cawdor, saying...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2020, 10:50 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

MACBETH. Life's but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard no more.(act 5, scene 5, lines 26–28) Macbeth, written about 1605, is the last of...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

From the moment that Macduff sees King Duncan's bloody body lying dead in Macbeth's castle in act 2, scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macduff suspects that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2020, 4:54 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

This famous line from Macbeth tells us how the title character has come to see the world. Despite having everything he wants in life, despite being king of Scotland and having the absolute power to...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 10:44 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Shortly before the passage in which Macbeth says "let not light," Duncan has named his oldest son, Malcolm, as his heir to the Scottish throne. However, Duncan is so overjoyed at his victory over...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020, 9:13 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth considers and reconsiders his reasons for killing King Duncan several times at the beginning of the play, most notably in his soliloquy at the beginning of act I, scene 7. Here, Macbeth...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2020, 10:42 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

The dagger that Macbeth hallucinates prior to committing the murder of Duncan—his friend, relative, king, and guest—is symbolic of Macbeth's own conscience. It points toward Duncan's room and is...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2020, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

In Act 2 Scene 4, Ross converses with an Old Man who shares some news with him. Ross notes that, even though day should have arrived "by th' clock . . . dark night strangles the traveling...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2008, 7:09 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

It's notable that Macbeth says these lines to himself. He doesn't want anyone to know about his ambitions, least of all Malcolm, whom Macbeth frankly acknowledges he'll have to step over if he's to...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021, 10:49 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

When Macbeth wants to back out of the plan to kill Duncan and take his throne, his wife resorts to insulting and emasculating him in order to compel him to resubmit to her will. She asks him, Art...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020, 10:14 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is depicted as an ambitious, resolute woman, who is willing to doom her soul in order to become queen. When she first hears the news of the witches'...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2020, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

Before killing Duncan, Macbeth experiences conflicting feelings about assassinating the king. Although Macbeth desires to become King of Scotland and entertains the idea of murdering Duncan, he...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

The first three predictions of the witches can be found in act 1, scene 3 of the play when Macbeth and Banquo are traveling across the heath. The three witches suddenly appear and offer Macbeth and...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

After Duncan’s murder, Macbeth becomes a hardened man. He seems to become inured to death and to killing. This is not to say that Macbeth was unaccustomed to death and even to killing before...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020, 9:25 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

After Macbeth returns from Duncan's chamber covered in blood, he is visibly shaken and emotionally disturbed. Macbeth instantly regrets committing regicide and experiences extreme guilt for his...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 1:29 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth thought that killing the king and ascending to the throne of Scotland would make them happy. Macbeth acknowledged his "vaulting ambition" and seemed to think that becoming...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2020, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth is a tragic hero because he started the play as a good man, but the manipulations of the Weird Sisters and his wife brought out his baser qualities. This leads to Macbeth's moral corruption...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 6:06 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

When Macbeth addresses the Weird Sisters in act 4, scene 1, he hopes to get some answers about the security of his position as King of Scotland. He fears, most especially, that Banquo’s descendants...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2021, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

In act 1, scene 5, Lady Macbeth receives news of Macbeth's favorable prophecy and learns that King Duncan is on his way to their castle. Upon reading her husband's letter, Lady Macbeth is consumed...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

In act 4, scene 3 of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Ross interrupts a conversation between Macduff and Malcolm to tell Macduff, “Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes / Savagely...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2021, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

You might say that Lady Macbeth’s responds to her husband’s haunted conduct with excuses, male chauvinism, and power. Lady Macbeth excuses her husband’s conspicuous torment by making it seem like...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

At the end of act 3, scene 4 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, in which the ghost of the murdered Banquo appears to Macbeth at his coronation banquet, the unnerved Macbeth decides to visit the...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2020, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

We witness Macbeth's first reaction to the witches' prophecy through the words of Banquo, who is with him: Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear things that do sound so fair? Banquo can't...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2021, 10:54 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth is admitting to himself that he has no justification for committing the murder of King Duncan. He specifies the reasons he has for not killing him and then candidly acknowledges in an...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2013, 12:02 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth is saying here that he has walked so far into a river of blood that even if he turned around in an attempt to alter the trajectory of his murderous path, it would be just as difficult to...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021, 12:47 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

As other Educators have already explained, Lady Macbeth responds to her husband’s choice to not murder Duncan (i.e, “proceed no further in this business”) by questioning his masculinity. She calls...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2020, 5:35 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

A work of theatrical genius it may be, but Macbeth is also a very grim piece of work. With all its bloodshed, witchcraft, and murder, it is not exactly a laugh a minute. And as a great playwright...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2021, 11:21 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

When the witches first appear in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the role they play is to set the scene for the play, introduce some suspense—"When shall we three meet again?" (1.1.1)—draw attention...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2020, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

Of all the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is the one most lacking in comedy. Apart from a brief episode involving the porter in act 2, scene 3, there is no low comedy in the play. However,...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2020, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

In act 1, scene 5, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth which describes his new position as Thane of Cawdor. Filled with conviction that Macbeth is destined to be king, she resolves to help him...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 10:52 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

In Act II, Scene III, Macbeth claims that he killed the grooms because he suspected them of killing King Duncan. He says that when he found Duncan's body he also found the grooms "steeped in the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2017, 7:03 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

The porter functions as a bridge between Duncan's murder and its discovery. His dark humor also serves to reinforce the feeling of corruption and foreboding that permeates the play. On the night of...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

In this scene, Lady Macbeth is observed first of all by a doctor and a gentlewoman, one of her ladies in waiting. They notice that she is rubbing her hands and walking around at night, but she...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2021, 11:22 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

It's safe to say that Macbeth's not best pleased when Duncan announces that his son Malcolm will succeed him as king of Scotland. After everything that he's done for Duncan, Macbeth feels betrayed...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021, 10:36 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he is worried that there is still a threat to his kingship, so he needs to take further action. This conversation takes place after Macbeth has killed Duncan. He...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

The appearance of Banquo's ghost reminds us that Macbeth, despite his absolute power, isn't enjoying life as king of Scotland. A basically decent man brought low by overweening ambition, Macbeth...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020, 10:30 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth has only recently become King of Scotland after murdering King Duncan, but he decides that in order to keep the throne, and his life, he must murder Banquo and his son, Fleance, to avoid...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

"Not of woman born" means born by Caesarean section. Hecate, the head of the witches, gets angry at the three witches who prophesied to Macbeth in act 1. She is angry that they acted without...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2021, 10:43 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

In Macbeth, Macbeth is deeply influenced by a prophesy the witches make when he and Banquo are returning from battle. In Act I, scene iii, Macbeth comments on the day being "foul and fair" (line...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2015, 9:50 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Let us remember that Lady Macbeth says this to her husband in Act II scene 2, after he has just killed Duncan and she has smeared the grooms with Duncan's blood to frame them for the deed. Lady...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2011, 1:12 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

The techniques that Lady Macbeth has used to manipulate her husband have been well identified and explained in the above answers. I believe the question remains of why Shakespeare chose to have her...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2015, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

First Witch Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Second Witch Not so happy, yet much happier. Third Witch Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none: So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo! First Witch...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2016, 6:47 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

In act 1, scene 1, the Three Witches comment on how they will meet again upon the heath, where they shall introduce themselves to Macbeth. Before they exit the scene, the witches recite, "Fair is...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018, 10:30 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

In the "apparition scene," act 4, scene 1, of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth goes to the witches in the heath—possibly the same heath where the witches appeared to Macbeth and Banquo in act...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

This takes place in act 2, scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Macduff arrives at Macbeth's castle early in the morning to meet with King Duncan but instead discovers that Duncan has been...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019, 1:55 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

Macbeth believes he heard a voice crying: Me thought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!Macbeth doth Murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care,The death of...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2014, 3:07 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

These lines are spoken by Macbeth in his famous "Is this a dagger which I see before me" soliloquy in act 2, scene 1 of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Macbeth is on his way to murder Duncan when he...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020, 10:34 pm (UTC)

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