Study Questions
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Act IV, Scene I

  1. What is the couplet repeated by the witches in their chant? How does this affect the mood of the scene?

  1. What is Macbeth's attitude towards the witches this time?

The three apparitions are very important. Analyze them from Macbeth’s point of view.

  1. What is the first apparition and what does it indicate?

  1. What is the second apparition and what does it predict/imply?

  1. What is the third apparition and what is the impossibility it pictures for Macbeth?

  1. What is the fourth apparition that the witches do not want to show Macbeth and what is the implication of this appearance?

  1. Macbeth says (about the witches), "Infected be the air whereon they ride, And damned all those that trust them!" (line 157) What is Macbeth, in effect, saying about himself?

Act IV, Scene II

  1. How does Lady Macduff feel about her husband?

  1. Why does Macbeth have Macduff's family and servants killed?

Act IV, Scene III

  1. Malcolm says, "Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell. Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace, Yet grace must still look so." What does that mean?

  1. Macduff says, "O, Scotland, Scotland!" Why?

  1. The doctor enters to inform the men that King Edward of England is “touching” sufferers in order to help make them well. How does this report of the goodness of the King of England contrast with the nature of the King of Scotland?

  1. What news does Ross bring to Macduff?

  1. Why is Macduff’s grief for his family complicated?