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Quote for the witches showing how characters are not all they seem

“ fog and filthy air”


Quote to show the witches prophecies

“ fair is foul and foul is fair “


What happens in the opening scene

Witches are the first characters the audience meet
Intrigued the audience
The witches gather is a storm and discuss when they shall meet Macbeth


What do we learn about the witches

The rhyming makes them seem inhuman, ominous and paranormal
They foreshadow false appearances and honest reality


What does the king do when he finds out Macbeth’s bravery

Gives him the title of Thane of Cawdor who was a traitor
He doesn’t learn from his mistakes and trusts his subjects


Quote to show Macbeth’s violence

“ like valour minion carv’d out his passage”


Quote to show the king likes Macbeth

“ o valiant cousin , worthy gentleman “


Quote to show the captain describe Macbeth

“ for brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name”


What is ironic about the captain being covered in blood

He is reporting Macbeth’s bravery.
Macbeth will become covered in metaphorical blood from his victims


What happens when the witches meet Macbeth

They meet him and Banquo upon the Heath and the witches paradoxical phrase foreshadows false appearance and honest reality.
Macbeth attempts to question the witches but they disappear.
Macbeth’s prophecies seem to startle and frighten him


What do Ross and Angus do

Appear with news sent from the king that he is now Thane of Cawdor and Macbeth and Banquo discuss the potential trusty behind the predictions.
Ross and Angus notice Macbeth’s distraught state but Banquo dismisses it as Macbeth’s unfamiliarity with his new title


What are the witches now thought as

Established as being wicked and powerful as they effortlessly destroy lives. The witches power is proved as Ross and Angus grant Macbeth his new title


Quote describing the witches

“Wither’d and so wild”


Quote showing Banquos confusion with the witches

“You should be women “


Quote showing the prophecy to be king

“All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter”


Quote showing Banquo prophecy

“Lesser than Macbeth, and greater”


Quote showing Macbeth’s turning

“My though, whose murder yet is but fantastical”


Quote showing Macbeth will not mess with anything

“If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me”


What happens when Duncan meets Macbeth

Confirms his misplaced trust in the previous Thane, Macbeth Exeter’s as Duncan announces Malcom as heir
Duncan States his planes to visit Macbeth after his bravery.
Macbeth rides of to prepare and contemplates Malcoms new title which has hindered Macbeth’s ascension to the throne


What’s ironic about Macbeth becoming Thane of Cawdor

Duncan established his misplaced trust in the traitor but his greatest strength is trusting his subjects however this is also his greatest weakness as it makes his vulnerable to treachery. Duncan is replacing the traitor with his future killer


Difference is rulership of Duncan and Macbeth

Duncan believes his role as king is to give where as Macbeth takes


Quote showing Macbeth will either do something to make the prophecies come true or give up

“That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap”


Quote showing his mind is turning dark

“Let not light see my black deep desires “


What happens when Lady Macbeth reads the letter

Macbeth discusses his encounter with the witches and she fears he is lacking ruthlessness to murder Duncan and assure the completion of the prophecies.
She claims he has the ambition but lacks the ability to act on it. She will lure him down the route of crime by using her femininity against him


Juxtaposing ideas of honour

Lady Macbeth sees it as being able to take what you want but Macbeth sees it as being able to put responsibility over selfishness


Ironic as Duncan arrives at the castle

Thinks the castle where he is murdered is beautiful. Also emphasise what beauty Macbeth loses as he gives into the ambition by breaking the natural order


Quote showing the castle and Lady Macbeth luring her enemy in

“Nimbly and sweet”

“All our service”


What happens when Macbeth decides not to go through with the plan

Agonises whether to kill Duncan recognising it as an act of terrible sin. Regrets the ambition he possesses. Lady Macbeth plays on his weakness and forces the idea of being a coward upon Macbeth criticising his manhood and Lady Macbeth shows her strength of harming an innocent baby. Macbeth is astonished


What’s the tragedy of Macbeth and his lady

Lady Macbeth’s tragedy is that show doesn’t know this Act will torment her and ultimately destroy her. However Macbeth knows this will destroy him but does it anyway


Quote showing Macbeth questioning the plan

“That his virtues will plead like angels”