Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Macbeth Comprehension Questions: Act 1 Scene 5

1. Who wrote the letter to Lady Macbeth? What does the fact that he wrote it indicate about their relationship?

  • It was Macbeth who wrote the letter to Lady Macbeth, and this indicates that they have a close relationship.

2. Whom does the letter not mention? What does this suggest?
  • The letter does not mention Banquo, and this can have many implications. For example, it may suggest that Macbeth does not care about Banquo; that in Macbeth's mind, Banquo is not important

3. What does Lady Macbeth almost immediately start to plan?
  • She immediately starts planning the killing of Duncan.

4. What does Lady Macbeth criticize about her husband?
  • She criticizes that her husband is too nice, that he is often too afraid to achieve what he wants.

5. What does Lady Macbeth reveal about her own character and personality?
  • She is evil, ambitious, cunning, and cold-hearted

6. Where do things stand at the end of the scene?
  • Lady Macbeth is ready to kill the king at night, whereas Macbeth is still wavering.