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MACBETH Study Guide Plot Outline The play is set in Scotland during the 11th century The Scots are fighting against the invading Norwegians Act 1 Scene 1 The three witches plan their next meeting with Macbeth on the heath when the battle has been decided Key quote Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air 119-10 Questions 1 What is the atmosphere of this scene 2 What questions does the audience ask at this point Scene 2 The battlefield with King Duncan Malcolm and Donalbain his sons and a lord Lennox The Scottish are fighting against the Norwegians and the rebel Scot Macdonwald A soldier enters with news of the battle it was an even battle until Macbeth fought the rebel and unseamd him from the nave to the chops And fixdhis head upon our battlements 1 2 22-23 Question What does this action tell us about the kind of man Macbeth is The Norwegians begin a fresh assault but are rebuffed by Macbeth and Banquo The Scottish forces win the battle The Norwegian king Sweno wants to make peace As a reward for his efforts King Duncan intends to make Macbeth Thane of Cawdor A thane is a nobleman a lord Macbeth is already Thane of Glamis Scene 3 The witches show what kind of power they have over people Macbeth and Banquo happen to meet them So foul and fair a day I have not seen says Macbeth When Banquon and Macbeth see the witches they question them The witches greet Macbeth in three ways 1 2 3 And the witches also tell Banquo three things 1 2 3 Questions 1 Macbeth does not know he is to be made Thane of Cawdor so how do the witches know 2 How does Banquo react to this greeting 3 What does Macbeth want to know from the witches Immediately after this meeting Ross tells Macbeth
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