Topic: Macbeth Act V Questions with Answers

Scenes V, VI, VII, and VIII

Explain Macbeth’s main point in his “tomorrow” soliloquy.

Macbeth’s main point in the tomorrow soliloquy is that he never wants to deal with the situations at that moment but at a later date, unlike the previous more manly version of Macbeth that was willing to confront problems as they arose.

Why does Macduff consider himself not of “woman born”?

He doesn’t consider himself of women born because he was born of a c-section.

Why does Macbeth fight Macduff, since Macbeth’s “charmed life” is broken?

Macbeth comes to realize that all of the prophecies that were told are beginning to come true. Not in the was that he expected though. With Macduffs army using the trees as camouflage this made true the prophecies of Burnham Wood coming to Dunisane. Once Macbeth realized that Macduff was born of c-section he discarded the prophecies of the witches and resorted to that which he had left. With his life in ruin and nobody left to be with him, the thanes gone and his wife dead, the prophecies mean nothing. He resorts to what he knows best and picks up a sword. Now that he doesn’t believe in the prophecies he has no reason not to fight.

How does Lady Macbeth die?

Lady Macbeth commits suicide under the immense subconscious guilt that corrupts her mind and causes her to sleep walk.

Why is it appropriate that the individual who kills Macbeth is Macduff?

It would seem appropriate as Macduff is not born of woman and this corresponds with the prophecies of the witches.

By whom and to whom is the following statement made? What is the occasion? “Hail, King! For so thou art.”

Macduff makes the statement to Malcom after the fight and the beheading of Macbeth.