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Published on January 21, 2008

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The Tragedy of Macbeth:  The Tragedy of Macbeth William Shakespeare Act II:  Act II Act II, Scene i. - Preview :  Act II, Scene i. - Preview Past midnight, Macbeth tells Banquo that they'll speak of the witches another time, and bids him goodnight. Macbeth sees "a dagger of the mind," hears his wife's bell, and goes to kill King Duncan. Act II, Scene i.:  Act II, Scene i. Act II, Scene i. - Postview:  Act II, Scene i. - Postview The clean air and pleasant environment of Inverness castle has changed to a tense foreboding atmosphere. The dagger scene is the first of many illusions that will occur n the play. The pressure on Macbeth is building. His sanity is now in question. It will continue to dissolve as the play continues. Notice Macbeth's lack of concern for Duncan. In the last few lines of the play he is clearly concerned about whether he will go to hell himself but he does not seem concerned about the fate of his intended victim, King Duncan. Act II, Scene i. - Quote:  Act II, Scene i. - Quote “Is this a dagger, which I see before me? the handle toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee I have thee not, and yet I can see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling, as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat oppressed brain?” -Macbeth The dagger speech is one of Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquies and emphasizes the supernatural element in the play, Macbeth.  It is also a study of Macbeth’s psychology for unlike the three witches, who represent fate and were seen by Banquo and the others, this dagger is a product of Macbeth’s own mind. The The dagger points the way to Duncan and Macbeth climbs to kill the sleeping King. Act II, Scene i. – E. Questions:  Act II, Scene i. – E. Questions Consider the implications of the dagger hallucination? What does Macbeth mean by the fatal vision of the dagger? Act II, Scene i. – Bonus:  Act II, Scene i. – Bonus How could Banquo represent Macbeth’s conscience. Consider Macbeth’s relationship with Banquo throughout the play. Act II, Scene ii. - Preview :  Act II, Scene ii. - Preview Lady Macbeth doesn’t believe Macbeth will do it at first. She goes to kill the King herself but she can’t do it because Duncan looks like her father. Lady Macbeth waits for Macbeth to come with the news that he has killed the King. Macbeth kills the King. When he is finished he hears 2 grooms who sleep in the room with Duncan speaking and saying prayers. Act II, Scene ii. - Preview :  Act II, Scene ii. - Preview Macbeth is so shaken by the murder that he brings the bloody daggers with him. Lady Macbeth takes them from him, to place them with the sleeping grooms so that they will be blamed. A knocking at the castle gate frightens Macbeth, and his wife leads him away, so that they can wash the blood from their hands. Act II, Scene ii.:  Act II, Scene ii. Act II, Scene ii. - Postview:  Act II, Scene ii. - Postview Macbeth makes an interesting comment in that in murdering Duncan, he has also murdered sleep. He will sleep no more. He will never rest easy in his own bed. Lady Macbeth rebukes her husband for having such thoughts, but ironically, it will be her that can gain no sleep which will lead to her own madness Act II, Scene ii. - Quote:  Act II, Scene ii. - Quote “My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white.” -  - Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth’s performance in this scene is full of excitement and emotion. She is clearly keyed up with the prospect of success for the murder plot. She is described as being drunk with boldness and on fire with passion.  However, she is still concerned that they will be discovered and like her husband is agitated by the slightest noise or movement in the darkness.  Act II, Scene ii. – E. Questions:  Act II, Scene ii. – E. Questions Macbeth imagines that a voice speaks to him. What message is spoken? How does Macbeth interpret this message? Act II, Scene ii. – Bonus:  Act II, Scene ii. – Bonus When Macbeth hears the grooms speaking, one of them says a prayer. Macbeth attempts to answer and cannot. Why can’t he? Act II, Scene iii. - Preview:  Act II, Scene iii. - Preview The Porter takes a while to get to the door but eventually lets Macduff and Lennox in. The porter explains that he drank too much and goes on about the provocations of drinking. This is a rare moment of humor in the play. Macduff discovers King Duncan's body. Macbeth, in pretended fury, kills the King's grooms.  Duncan’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, fear that they will be murdered next and flee. Act II, Scene iii.:  Act II, Scene iii. Act II, Scene iii. - Postview:  Act II, Scene iii. - Postview When Macduff and Lennox eventually enter the castle, the audience is aware that Macbeth must be cleaning himself of the blood he acquired in the previous scene. When Macbeth enters, he conducts Macduff to the King’s bedchamber and Lennox remains and talks about the extraordinary weather, which has been coupled with unnatural events. Shakespeare is keen to create a foreboding atmosphere using all the special effects that are available – screaming, wailing voices, birdcalls and thunderclaps.  The Macbeths act devastated and enraged over the death of Duncan. This puts them beyond suspicion at first. Act II, Scene iii. - Quote:  Act II, Scene iii. - Quote “Who can be wise, amazed, temperate and furious, Loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man: The expedition my violent love Outrun the pauser, reason. Here lay Duncan, His silver skin laced with his golden blood; And his gash'd stabs look'd like a breach in nature For ruin's wasteful entrance: there, the murderers, Steep'd in the colours of their trade, their daggers Unmannerly breech'd with gore: who could refrain, That had a heart to love, and in that heart Courage to make 's love kno wn?” -         Macbeth Macbeth is initially very convincing in his grief and rage. Act II, Scene iii. – E. Questions:  Act II, Scene iii. – E. Questions Why do Malcolm and Donalbain secretly leave Macbeth’s castle? Where do they go? Act II, Scene iii. – Bonus:  Act II, Scene iii. – Bonus At the end of Act II, Scene iii, Macbeth seems to have gotten away with murder. Why is it inevitable that Macbeth will be found out? Act II, Scene iv. - Preview :  Act II, Scene iv. - Preview Ross and an Old Man discuss what an unnatural night it has been.  Ross and Macduff doubtfully discuss the news that Malcolm and Donalbain are responsible for their father's murder. This makes Macbeth the next King. Ross heads for Scone, to see Macbeth crowned King of Scotland, but Macduff is going to stay home. Act II, Scene iv.:  Act II, Scene iv. Act II, Scene iv. - Postview:  Act II, Scene iv. - Postview Notice that Macduff and Ross are very doubtful. They are not convinced that Malcolm and Donalbain are guilty. Act II, Scene iv. - Quote:  Act II, Scene iv. - Quote “Ah, good father, Thou seest, the heavens, as troubled with man's act, Threaten his bloody stage: by the clock, 'tis day, And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp: Is't night's predominance, or the day's shame, That darkness does the face of earth entomb, When living light should kiss it?” -         - Ross Ross and the old man are discussing the unnatural weather and considering whether it is linked to the unnatural events. Act II, Scene iv. – E. Questions:  Act II, Scene iv. – E. Questions Why are Malcolm and Donalbain suspects in the murder of their father? What motive is attributed to them? Why is this accusation ironic? Act II, Scene iv. – Bonus:  Act II, Scene iv. – Bonus How could Banquo represent Macbeth’s conscience. Consider Macbeth’s relationship with Banquo throughout the play. Act II, Summary of Events:  Act II, Summary of Events Past midnight the act begins. Macbeth bids Banquo goodnight. Macbeth sees "a dagger of the mind," then goes to kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth doesn’t believe Macbeth will do it at first. Lady Macbeth goes to kill the King herself but can’t. Macbeth kills the King. Macbeth is so upset that he brings the bloody daggers with him. Lady Macbeth takes them from him, to frame the grooms. A knocking at the castle gate statles Macbeth and both go to bed. The porter lets Macduff and Lennox in. Macduff discovers King Duncan's body. Macbeth, in pretended fury, kills the King's grooms.  Duncan’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain flee. Ross and an Old Man discuss what an unnatural night it has been.  Ross and Macduff doubt Macbeth. Ross heads for Scone. Macduff goes home. Act II:  Act II

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