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  • MACBETH English FAL Gr11 Reading and viewing Annemi Kruger
  • MACBETH PLOT  Story about the murder of a king.  Macbeth‟s rise and fall  Three witches who plot against Macbeth
  • CHARACTERS       Duncan: King of Scotland Macbeth: A general in the army of Duncan. Banquo: Macbeth‟s friend and general Lady Macbeth: Macbeth‟s wife Fleance: Banquo‟s son Macduff: Thane of Fife
  • THEMES:  Short tragedy  Tragedy of a  character  Tragedy of moral  order  Poetic tragedy
  • Macbeth Murder’s duncan  The audience gets the account of the murder as he retells the story to Lady Macbeth  The guards stir, but do not wake sufficiently to realize what is happening  Macbeth laments “I had most need of blessing and „Amen‟ / Stuck in my throat” (2.2.35).  Macbeth‟s “sleep no more” speech (2.2.38-46) suggests that he has murdered peaceful sleep as well – in fact, the two will not sleep well again for the remainder of the play.
  • The murder discovered In Scene 3, the porter provides comic relief to the tense scenes playing out on stage. Duncan‟s body is discovered and the guards are the prime suspects. Macbeth murders the guards before they can be questioned, saying, “Who could refrain, / That had a heart to love and in that heart / Courage to make‟s love known? (2.3.112-113) Macbeth is made High King of Scotland.
  • The apparitions  First apparition (an armed head): Beware Macduff  Second apparition (a bloody babe): No man born of woman can harm Macbeth  Third apparition (a royal child holding a tree): He will never be vanquished until Great Birnam Wood comes against him
  • The Death of the Macduffs  Macbeth plots the death of the House of Macduff He really has no motive to kill Lady Macduff and her children; they pose no threat to her Lady Macduff laments that she has been abandoned by her husband; he has left them alone, knowing that Macbeth will come for them; she calls him a traitor (4.2.4-5)
  • ACT 1  King Duncan hears about Macbeth‟s recent success in battling an army of Irish.  On the battlefield, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches.  The witches tell Macbeth that according to their prophecy, Macbeth will become King of Scotland.  However they also tell Banquo that his children will also one day be King
  • Act 2  Before killing Duncan, Macbeth suddenly has a hallucination; a dagger is floating in mid air pointing towards Duncan.  Macbeth rationalizes and concludes that the dagger is just a result of his mind coping with the guilt of killing the King of Ireland.  Macbeth leaves the hall to kill Duncan and Lady Macbeth enters.
  • Homework assignment Write an essay of 500 words where you discuss Macbeth‟s madness. Ranging from where he started to see the apparitions to killing the king. Due date: 20 March 2014
  • references  Di Mateo, M. Gurino, E. (n.d). Macbeth. Available from:  Anonymous, (n.d). Macbeth. Accessed on: 08 March 2014. Available from:  Thomas, n. (n.d). Macbeth: act 1-3. Accessed on: 8 March 2014. Available from:  Anonymous, (n.d). Macbeth. Accessed on: 08 March 2014. Available from:  Anonymous, (n.d). Macbeth: What has happened so far? Accessed on: 08 March 2014. Available from: