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1

Opens with the etched casting S spell -‘double double toil and trouble’ - what does it mean?

Reminds audiences of their evil intent
Use of double hints at double meanings

2

They announce McBs arrival ‘something wicked this way comes-what does this show about McB?

How much he had changed from being a brave hero

3

M says ‘ though the yeasty waves/confound and swallow navigation up’ - what technique does S use?

Extends the metaphor that M is a sailor and Scotland is a ship

4

The witches summon the 3 apparitions to predict his future-what do they predict?

Threats to M
Armoured head warns M re Macduff. Possible symbol of Ms decapitation/war/battle
Bloody child-reps Macduff born by Caesarean section
Child wearing crown/carrying a branch -he can’t be beaten until Birman Wood moves to Dunisane Hill. Child cd rep Malcolm and the beach Scotland might grow and flourish under Malcolm

5

How does McB feel after seeing the apparitions?

Confident
Thinks he is untouchable

6

M doesn’t discuss the murders if Macduffs family with Lady M - what does this show?

He is driven by ambition and doesn’t trust anyone

7

Lady M says ‘ to do harm/is often laudable, to do good...is dangerous folly’ -what does this mean?

Morals if Scotland have been turned upside down by McBs tyranny
People who comity murder are rewarded

8

Why is the murder of Macduff’s family important?

It motivates Macd luff to get revenge on M