Macbeth Questions Essay

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Macbeth Questions Act 1 Act 1 Scene i 1. What is the meaning of “Fair is foul and foul is fair”? The meaning of “Fair is foul and foul is fair” is similar to “Bad looks good and good looks bad”. It is trying to say that fair and foul can be different in different perspectives. Like a foul for one can be fair for the other. It is a paradox that signifies that there is no significant of good and bad things as their role can be reversed. This quote is predicting the evil that will cloud Macbeth’s judgements. 2. What is the significance of Shakespeare beginning the play with the witches? Shakespeare opens with the witches in order to foreshadow what occurs in the play. The witches opening scene generates conflict, suspense and tension. It also tells us the predictions that will happen to Macbeth. It also develops the wicked and evil characters of the witches. Act 1 Scene ii 3. What evidence do we have of Macbeth’s bravery and the high regard Duncan holds him in? The evidence of bravery by Macbeth was in the bleeding Captain’s report. The Captain spoke to King Duncan about the course and outcome of the battles. The Captain describe Macbeth threw himself into the middle of the fray, and came out the winner all across the board for his King and his country. The Captain said he was “like valor’s favourite, he slashed his way until he faced the villain”. Duncan described Macbeth as noble and worthy of the title Thane of Cawdor. 4. What is ironic about the lines “No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive..greet Macbeth”? This quote is ironic because King Duncan is completely deceived by Macbeth who he trusted. This quote relates to the previous Thane of Cawdor which King Duncan trusted and said he was his friend but betrayed him. This situation is similar to the betrayal of Macbeth and the King. Act 1 Scene iii 5. What are the 3 predictions for
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