Macbeth Questions, Act 5

Scene 1 1. Where does this scene take place? From the information in this scene, who resides there? 2. Write a detailed summary of what happened in this scene. Explain what each character said and did. 3. Read the following lines and then translate and explain them. Lines Lady Macbeth: Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One—two—why then ‘tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie,* my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? Doctor: Do you mark that? Lady Macbeth: The Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now? What will these hands ne’er be clean? No more o’ that, my lord, no more o’ that. You mar all with this starting. * “Fie” means “for shame” 4. What is Lady Macbeth doing in this scene and what does it tell you about her emotional state? Scene 2 1. Who does Menteith say is leading the English army? What reason does he give that these three people are going to battle? 2. What are people saying about Macbeth? 3. Find the simile in this scene. Copy it down, cited correctly, and explain what it means. Scene 3 1. What is ailing Lady Macbeth? Scene 4 1. Where does this scene take place? Your Translation

2. What does Malcolm’s open lines mean? What is he referring to? 3. Why is the place they are meeting significant? 4. Translate the following lines: Malcolm: Let every soldier hew him down a bough, And bear’t before him: thereby shall we shadow The numbers of our host, and make discovery Err in report of us. 5. According to Siward, where is Macbeth? 6. According to Malcolm, Who is fighting with Macbeth? Scene 5 1. Where does this scene take place? 2. Why do you think Macbeth is having banners hung on the wall? 3. How does Macbeth think the battle will turn out? What is his mood? 4. Translate the following lines: Macbeth: I have almost forgot the taste of fears: The time has been, my senses would have cool’d To hear a night-shriek, and my feel of hair Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir As life were in’t: I have supp’d full with horrors; Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts, Cannot once start me. Wherefore was that cry? 5. What was the scream? 6. How does Macbeth take the news? 7. Explain Macbeth’s metaphor about life. 8. What news does the messenger bring? 9. What will the messenger’s punishment be if he is lying? 10. What is Macbeth’s mood at the end of the scene? Scene 6 1. What are Malcolm Siward, and Macduff preparing to do? scene 7 1. Who dies in this scene? Why is Macbeth unafraid of him? scene 8 1. Who is able to kill Macbeth? 2. Why is this person able to kill Macbeth, although the witches predicted that, “no man born of woman” could kill Macbeth? 3. What do they do with Macbeth’s corpse? 4. What do they call Macbeth at the end? 5. What reward does Macolm give for those who helped to fight Macbeth? 6. How does the prediction from the witches that Macbeth can only be defeated when “Great Birnham Wood to high Dunsinane Hill” prove accurate?

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