01.08 Macbeth Plot Analysis Graphic Organizer
ACT in the Play
Exposition: Macbeth just became the King of Cawdor and everyone is starting to believe he is a hero
Background information is presented, main characters are introduced, and the conflict is established.
Rising Action: King Duncan is murdered
The conflicts and challenges encountered by the characters. How they respond keeps the story moving forward.
Climax: Banquo comes back from the dead while Macbeth is being crowned to give him life advice
The turning point in the conflict. Tension builds until the main character must make a decision or take action that determines the direction of the story.
Falling action: Macduff discovers that Macbeth killed King Duncan
The events that occur after the main character makes the key decision in the story.
Resolution: Malcom speaks to the people and says he will be a great king now that Macbeth is no longer alive
The resolution is where all the questions are answered and loose ends are tied, providing a clear ending.
As you read the scenes in this lesson, take notes on important events in the story. Provide the line or lines from the play that relate to the event. Stop and think for a moment about why that event is important for the story and add your thoughts in the space provided.
Choose a minimum of three events.
Why is it important to the story?
King Duncan believes that Macbeth is a hero
“O valiant cousin! Worthy Gentleman!
Because King Duncan believes that Macbeth is trustworthy and this creates a whole other set of issues.
Macbeth doesn’t want anyone to find out what he did and he is scared banquo will tell everyone
“O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! Thou know’st that Banquo, and his Fleance, lives.”
Now Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are afraid that if everyone finds out they will not be crowned King and Queen of Cawdor, which is what they want.
Macduff discovers just how evil Macbeth is
“Merciful heaven!- What, man! ne’er pull your hat upon your brows; Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak Whispers the o’er fraught heart, and bids it break.”
Now everyone is going to find out Macbeth did to King Duncan and Macduff is going to defeat Macbeth.
Choose one of the events you added to your graphic organizer and think about why it is an important piece of the plot. Focus on the purpose it serves in the story. Consider how the story would change if that event was altered. Form your ideas into a reflection paragraph of at least five sentences. Make sure to include supporting evidence from the play in your reflection.
The event I chose was when Macduff finds out that Macbeth is evil. When Macduff finds out, he is with the king of Scotland and they basically declare war on Macbeth. This event is super important to the story because this is what contributes to the falling action and Macbeth’s death. The story would change drastically if this didn’t happen because then Macbeth would be alive and still the King of Cawdor and no one would know that he killed King Duncan.
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