Act V Questions
Cite a detail or three from the text when discussing your response to the following:
Lady Macbeth says in her sleepwalking, “Out, damned spot! Out, I say! Yet who would have thought the old man had so much blood in him?” What is she doing and to what is she referring?
She was hallucinating thinking she has the blood of Duncan on her hands. The blood of Duncan on her hands, she was trying to wash away the blood and the guilt that came from killing Duncan; the guilt that consumed her and caused all the sleepwalking and hallucinations.
Lady Macbeth also says, “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” How does her statement echo, ironically, a previous speech by Macbeth?
Macbeth: With all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand. Reference to the quote that is said by Lady Macbeth now. That is her subconscious conscience contradicting her conscious mind.
Describe Macbeth as a ruler. Note, in particular, the imagery.
What does the tyrant?
Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies:
Some say he's mad; others that lesser hate him
Do call it valiant fury: but, for certain,
He cannot buckle his distemper'd cause
Within the belt of rule.
Some people believe he was a tyrant but it depends where they are and what they were to the king. The lower ranks could believe he was a tyrant but people in the higher rank would bow down to him.
How does the doctor describe Lady Macbeth’s illness?
This disease is beyond my practise: yet I have known
those which have walked in their sleep who have died
holily in their beds.
Foul whisperings are abroad: unnatural deeds
Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds
To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets:
More needs she the divine than the physician.
God, God forgive us all! Look after her;
Remove from her the means of all annoyance,
And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night:
My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight.
I think, but dare not speak.
The doctor believes that he cannot treat what lady Macbeth has, it’s beyond his training and cannot fix it. He just asks god to fix what she has.
How is one of the witches’ prophecies coming true?
We learn no other but the confident tyrant
Keeps still in Dunsinane, and will endure
Our setting down before 't.
Let every soldier hew him down a bough
And bear't before him: thereby shall we shadow
The numbers of our host and make discovery
Err in report of us.
the wood of birnam
bring the wood to Macbeth for the prophecy until the wood gets there.