Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Macbeth Act One Powerful Questions

In the comment feature, post TWO of your best questions about Act 1. Try not to repeat other's questions (this means you need to read other's comments first before you comment yourself). We will use these questions as the basis for our class discussion tomorrow to review for our quiz. Ask powerful questions!

54 Comments:

Blogger Sarah C said...

Question 1:
Is Lady Macbeth trying to persuade Macbeth to kill King Duncan for her own personal benefit (being queen, etc.)?
Question 2:
Is Macbeth more muscle than brains? What is his real personality (killer vs. cowardice?)? Is Lady Macbeth the thinker of the family?

Wed Sep 06, 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Lane C. said...

One of the characteristics of a tragedy was a character with a fatal flaw. At first I thought it was a hunger for power but now I have a question. Is it possible that his flaw is his wife? She seems to be the one encouraging his movements.

Wed Sep 06, 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger maria k said...

?1: What does the thunder and lightning in the begining of Act I symbolize about the witches?

?2: What does Shakespeare want us to learn by continuously bringing up the concept of acting one way vs. reality?

Wed Sep 06, 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger AnnaD said...

Question 1: What is the role of women in this play? Is Lady Macbeth an early showing of feminism? If so, what does this show about Shakespeare himself and his thoughts in his times?

Question 2: If and how can this play be related to real life?

Wed Sep 06, 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger McKennad said...

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Wed Sep 06, 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger karib said...

Here are my two burning questions:
Why hadn't Macbeth realized that becoming king was within his grasp before the witches told him?

Lady Macbeth seems to become more and more greedy the more she thinks about Macbeth becoming king. Why is she even more hungry for power than he is?

Wed Sep 06, 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger christa s said...

1) Lady Macbeth "calls on the powers of evil" at the beginning of Scene 5 to help her do what must be done- kill Duncan so that Macbeth can be king. Why does Lady Macbeth feel that she needs this help? Is she really as strong as she pretends to be, or is she also afraid of killing Duncan, as she believes Macbeth is?
2) In Scene 3, the witches seem to know Macbeth is coming and prepare to tell him their prophecies. How do the witches know who Macbeth is, and why should his fate or the fate of anyone else concern them?

Wed Sep 06, 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger Zachf said...

Here are the questions I have about what we've read in Macbeth so far:
1) What is the significance of the saying "all is foul and foul is fair"? It stuck out at me because it was repeated throughout the script and in the movies we watched.
2)Why is Lady Macbeth more adamant about killing Duncan than Macbeth is?

Wed Sep 06, 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger adamb said...

1. Are the witches lying to Macbeth about the prophecy to create chaos and set him up for diaster?

2. If Lady Macbeth calls on the powers of evil to help kill King Duncan, then is she also under the influence of the witches or will be once King Duncan is dead?

Wed Sep 06, 03:30:00 PM  
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Wed Sep 06, 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger kjerstinl said...

(1.5.151-163) This is a quick passage in which I am referring to. At this time, Macbeth is busy wondering whether or not the witches' prophecy is true or not and whether or not all of the events that will follow to him possibly being king will be considered good or bad. My question is:
What exactly determines something to be good or bad?

The witches are really creepy characters and I wonder what their whole part in the book is about. So for my second question I ask:
Will the Macbeth's future affect the witches in some way? If so, why or how?

Wed Sep 06, 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger elyse h said...

1. If the first part of the witches prophecy already came true on it's own, why does Macbeth feel the need to kill King Duncan?

2. What if Macbeth doesn't have enough courage to murder King Duncan, will Lady Macbeth do it for him? Is ambition really enough to persuade Macbeth to go through with murdering the king?

Wed Sep 06, 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger chelseah said...

1.) Does Macbeth have enough will power to kill Duncan himself? What will happen if he doesn't go through with it? How will Lady Macbeth react? Will Macbeth become king?

2.) Why doesn't Lady Macbeth just kill Duncan herself if she is so persistent about him being murdered? Is it because she really doesn't have the power too or because she doesn't want to give up her "image of innocence"?

Wed Sep 06, 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger paigen said...

Okay here are my two questions:

1)Why are the witches concerned about the civil war if they are witches? (pg. 1)

and

2)How come even though Macbeth doesn't really want to kill King Duncan, Lady Macbeth is still pushing him to?

Wed Sep 06, 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger Mphair said...

Question: What caused Lady Macbeth to become so bloodthirsty, true enough to her word that she would kill her own child, and most importantly, power hungry? Was she secretly born a peasnt, and knew what it was like to have minimal power?

Another question, how many kids has she had... why does she show almost NO motherly qualites. Macbeth also doesn't show that he was dad, even if his kids are grown. Problem: If his kids are grown, then he would probably be too old to go riding off to war and become a war hero...

Wed Sep 06, 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger BenH said...

1: What is the intent of the witches, and what motivates them?

2: What elements of Macbeth's personality might give us clues as to how he might act?

Wed Sep 06, 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger declanh said...

1. Lady Macbeth said she had a child before. What happened to this child? Is it still alive? If it is dead, what happened?

2. Is Lady Macbeth using Macbeth as a puppet in order to gain more power for herself? She seems to have Macbeth wrapped around her finger, and she's got her hands around Duncan's neck via Macbeth, so to speak. Why doesn't she just make Macbeth kill Duncan or do it herself?

Wed Sep 06, 05:14:00 PM  
Blogger erinl said...

1) How would the play have changed if Duncan was going to the Macbeth Castel to tell him that he was really going to become king?

2)How will Lady Macbeth feel after she has killed/helped kill Duncan? Will she regret what she did later?

Wed Sep 06, 05:21:00 PM  
Blogger shaunam said...

Why does Macbeth always need someone to talk him into do things? The witches, Lady Macbeth etc.

Why do the witches rhyme?

What if Lady Macbeth ends up killing Duncan herself? Why does she have such a burning passion for it?

Wed Sep 06, 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

My two questions are as follows:
1. What is the role of Banquo? He seems to in a lot of scenes yet never says or does anything of importance.
2.How do the withches get the information the Macbeth is Thane of Cawdor? Is it just a wild guesss?

Wed Sep 06, 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Rileys said...

What do the witches gain by creating chaos in the play?

When Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that she would bash her childs brains out, how is she trying to motivate Macbeth into her murder scheme? How else did she try to motivate Macbeth, how did she try to hurt his manhood should he not commit murder?

Wed Sep 06, 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger tanal said...

Okay here are my questions
1) Is Lady Macbeth pushing Macbeth to kill Duncan for her own benefit??

2) Is Macbeth a better soldier than a king??

3) SInce Lady Macbeth is like the brains and power of the family and Macbeth knows it(since she always talks him into things and pushes him) then will he end up killing Duncan himself since Lady Macbeth agrees with his idea??

Wed Sep 06, 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger connord said...

1) Why is Macbeth suddenly doubting if he will kill King Duncan when he is such a brutal man that has cut someone in half??

2) How does King Duncan already trust Macbeth when he doesnt even know him well at all?

Wed Sep 06, 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger McKennad said...

Will Macbeth lead himself to ruin by trying to appear as something he's not, especially when he has murdered a king?

What has caused Lady Macbeth to be so power hungry, and will that hunger destroy her in the end?

Wed Sep 06, 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger joshb said...

1)Is Macbeth really as unable to function off of his own ideas as he appears to be?

2)If Duncan does get killed whether by Macbeth or not, how will Macbeth feel knowing that he has killed someone who trusts him deepls? How will he be affected by that remorse?

Wed Sep 06, 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger _annaw_ said...

Why are the witches in the play?

Who is more ambitious, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? In what way?

Wed Sep 06, 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger Aylar said...

1. Is Mcbeth really a coward as Lady Macbeth percieves him to be, or is he stugling with the fact that killing a man for no other reason than personal gain is wrong?

2. The witches in the play have thusfar confused and led astray Macbeth they have made him power hungry, and twisted his desires. Will he be to blame for his future actions against Ducan? or will it be the witches fault? WHY?

Wed Sep 06, 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger Shelby B. said...

1. Why are the witches trying to cause so much caos? Do they (ever) tell the truth?

2. What has made Macbeth so power hungry?

Wed Sep 06, 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger AleeA said...

Alright, my questions are:

1. Why do people want Macbeth, a violent fighter, to rule the land? Wouldn’t this trait make people fearful of him and what he is capable of?

2. What is being said about Duncan and his personality since he invests trust in practically everyone, good and bad?

3. Macbeth came up with the thought of killing King Duncan, but would he carry through with it if Lady Macbeth weren’t around?

Wed Sep 06, 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger briang said...

Here are my two questions:

1) We are still unsure if Macbeth with actually go through with killing Duncan. But is there a clue in the text when we discover that Duncan had formed a strong trust with the Thane of Cawdor, then he betrayed him, and now he has already formed a strong trust with Macbeth? Does this mean Macbeth will break the trust or not? Why or why not?

2) Throughout the text, Shakespeare says "Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair" on more than one ocassion. What does that really mean and could it be used as a theme for what is going on right now in the play? Or even the entire play?

Wed Sep 06, 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger Phillips said...

WHy are the witches wanting to throw everything into choas? is there somthing in it for them? Or are they really prophecising, by them knowing Macbeth would duie what it takes to become king once being nudged in the right direction?

Wed Sep 06, 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyA said...

1. What happened to Lady Macbeth to make her act in such a mean, grusome way towards her husband about being scared to commit this murder?

2. How can Duncan really trust Macbeth as his kinsman if he knows Macbeth wanted his place in society?

Wed Sep 06, 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger saram said...

1. Why is Lady Macbeth so obsessed with making Macbeth become king? Is there something in it for her? And if that is the reason, why doesn't she just kill King Duncan herself instead of pushing Macbeth to do it?

2.Is Macbeth’s only strong point that he is a good soldier? Is he not very smart, or a very good thinker? Is that why Lady Macbeth is coming up with all the plans? And if he's such a good soldier and everyone knows, why aren't the people intimidated and fearful of him?

Wed Sep 06, 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger sarahc said...

1. Was Macbeth "famous" before the war? If so, why?
2. Was Lady Macbeth so evil and murderous when she married Macbeth? Has she always been that way?

Wed Sep 06, 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger ADRIANA G said...

So far in the play, Macbeth seems to only follow and obey orders. He didn't seem to have a hard time killing Macdonwald, but he was the known enemy. I think the reason that he is worried about killing Duncan is because he knows it is wrong and there is no army to back him up. So my question is; how did Macbeth become a general if he appears to be more of a follower than a leader?

I have also been wondering if Macbeth would ever become king or planned assassinations had he not heard the prophecy.

I don't know if I'm not supposed to be answering other people's questions, but I really liked the first question posted by christa s about whether Lady Macbeth is as brave as she appears. I think that could be another example of appearance vs. reality.

Wed Sep 06, 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger kimmy c said...

How come Macbeth has a lot of courage and frierocity on the battle field, but none when killing the king?

Could it be that really MAcbeth has come to like the king, and how he rules?

Is Macbeth wimping out of killing the king because then he would also have to kill the prince?

Wed Sep 06, 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger alexm said...

1. Lady Macbeth seems to be pressuring Macbeth into doing her bidding...is there some setup in this?

2. Are the witches orchestrating something to help them out in someway?

Wed Sep 06, 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger endsleye said...

Okay her it goes!
Question 1: Is Macbeth the kind of person that if he is the leader then he is weak and cannont follow through with plans, or is he the type of person that when he is told what to do, or the follower, then nothing can stand in his way, and killing is no problem?

Question 2:When reading the text and watching the three renactments of Macbeth the witches were called the Weird Sisters. To me they don't sound at all like sisters and wouldn't they just call them the Weird Witches or something else to that matter?

Wed Sep 06, 08:50:00 PM  
Blogger tomr said...

Question 1: What is the deal with the witches? It seems like they just randomly exist to be a plot device.

Question 2: Was it rare to have a women portrayed as a murderer, and conniving, as Lady Macbeth is, in Shakespeare's time?

Wed Sep 06, 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger HannahJ said...

1. Macbeth brutally killed Macdonaldwald in the beginning so why is he having second thoughts about killing the king and his heir?

2. In scene 5 Lady Macbeth asks for her guilt and her slight fear of killing Malcolm and the king. So is she having second thoughts too?

Wed Sep 06, 09:14:00 PM  
Blogger jess b said...

1) We know that Macbeth is having troubles with killing Duncan because Duncan has put so much trust into their relationship;but, Why does trust have such an impact on people? I mean... it's an easy thing to break and very hard do gain... so why is trust so important?

2) The witches told Macbeth that he was to become King; however, since then Macbeth has been trying to speed the process up and meddle with the future. Is it possible that because of Macbeth's meddling that he will never be King because he didn't just let nature take its course?

Wed Sep 06, 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger Lane C. said...

My other question is this: If it weren't for the witches, would the idea have been planted that Macbeth would be king or would he have just gone on as a war hero? Would his wife have cooked up a scheme?

Wed Sep 06, 09:40:00 PM  
Blogger hannahs said...

My first question has to do with what Lady Macbeth says in scene five, page 35. "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from my crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood; stop up the access and passage to remorse." My question is, if Lady Macbeth is so canniving and cruel, than why does she call upon spirits to fill her with cruelty and keep her from remorse? Is Lady Macbeth this insanely cruel person, or is she truly weak?

Why does Macbeth automatically assume that to become king, he must murder Duncan? He didn't have to murder the Thane of Cawdor to get his title, so why does he think he has to take matters into his own hands?

Wed Sep 06, 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger KathrynT said...

1.From what we know of Macbeth so far, why would he make a good King? A bad King? What characteristics make a good king?
2.Why did the witches tell Macbeth of the prophecy? How might they be able to gain from his knowing of it? How might Macbeth's knowing of the prophecy change the outcome of it?

Wed Sep 06, 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Laurab said...

My two questions are:

1. Why is Macbeth afraid of murdering King Duncan when he has already killed so many other people in battle?

2. Does the act of King Duncan giving Macbeth the title of the traitor Thane of Cawdor have any foreshadowing to how Macbeth will act farther into the play?

Thu Sep 07, 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger danh said...

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Thu Sep 07, 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Madisonm said...

1.) I was wondering why the witches speak of peace in their chant, in scene three, if they are so confused with creating confusion and trouble?

2.) Why are the witches always prophesizing? How do we know that they are even reliable? And, if Macbeth has seen how the prophesies of the witches havent been completely accurate, why does he continue to believe them with such a strong feeling that they are true?

Thu Sep 07, 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Zachf said...

to correct my quote "fair is foul and foul is fair"

Thu Sep 07, 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger danh said...

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Thu Sep 07, 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger danh said...

1. Why does Macbeth want to kill his very own king to become king himself?
2. WHat motivates Lady Macbeth to passionately encourage Macbeth to kill King Duncan?

Thu Sep 07, 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger TyC said...

1) Did Macbeth become powerhungry because he heard the witches prophecy about him becoming king?
2) The three witches seem like they are chanting a lot. Does this have anything to do with the story or is it just Shakespeare wanting to use poetry?

Thu Sep 07, 04:11:00 PM  
Blogger AnnaD said...

I have another important question!!!
What is the role of women in this play? The witches and Lady Macbeth all seem to be a bit more powerful and aggressive then their male companions. What does this say about Shakespeare himself?

Thu Sep 07, 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger lindseyc said...

1. What happened to Lady Macbeth in her past that made her so powere hungry?

2. Why must Macbeth be pushed by Lady Macbeth to want to become king? Does he have enough passion to become king to kill Duncan?> If he does not, will Lady Macbeth?

Sun Sep 10, 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger lauraf said...

Since we now finished Act 3, looking back on the witches prophecy, I do not understand how it came true. Or if it will even come true. When the witches were talking about Banquo and his future, they said that he would be "not so happy, yet much happier." I understand that Banquo can still not be a king, but his descendants will be, but how can he be happier if he was already murdered without the knowledge that his family will take over the throne at some point?

Sun Sep 24, 02:45:00 PM  

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