learning goal: before Macbeth appears, we hear about him?  what do we hear, and what do you think about what we hear?  what is the dramatic effect of hearing about someone before we meet that person, especially a play’s title character?

review opening scene (1.1): tone?

next scene: meet Macbeth, the title character (1.2)

actually, we only hear about him—what do we learn about him? what specific attributes do people ascribe to him? What lines indicate these characteristics, either directly or indirectly?

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Questions for today’s scenes:

 MW: what qualities are associated with women and men so far? what specific lines support your answers?

 LP: what qualities are associated with kings and leaders so far? what specific lines support your answers?

 WS: how would you characterize the wyrd sisters, based on just the opening scene? what lines make you think this?

 PC: who, if anyone, in 1.2 shows any suggestion of a conscience (that internal voice that tells us when we have done, or are considering doing, something that is morally questionable or flat-out wrong)?

 

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