Macbeth Act 2 Review

Which character provides comic relief in Act 2? the porter
Why does Lady Macbeth say that she could not kill Duncan herself? the king reminded her of her father as he slept
Who are Malcolm and Donalbain? Duncan’s sons
Name one of the effects of alcohol as described by the porter. sleep, urination, lechery/impotence, red nose
Describe Macbeth’s visual hallucination. He sees a dagger, floating in the air, pointing toward Duncan’s bedroom. Suddenly, it is covered in blood.
Describe Macbeth’s auditory hallucination. After he kills Duncan, he hears a voice which says, “Macbeth murders sleep. Macbeth shall sleep no more.”
Where do Malcolm and Donalbain go after Duncan’s murder? Ireland, England
Why do Malcolm and Donalbain flee? they fear that they will be harmed
What is one of the repercussions of Malcolm and Donalbain’s flight? 1. Malcolm and Donalbain appear guilty2. Macbeth is crowned king of Scotland
Name one of the strange occurrences that happened on the night of Macbeth’s murder which point to the reversal of the natural order of the world. solar eclipse, horses become cannibalistic, earthquake, falcon eat an owl (predator/prey reversal)
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says, “A little blood clears us of this deed”? Go wash your hands and no one will ever know that you’ve killed Duncan
What does Macbeth mean when he says, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather/ The multitudinous seas incarnadine, /Making the green one red”? Will all of the water in the oceans wash the blood from my hands? No. Rather, the blood on my hands will stain the green oceans red.
Name one motif employed in Act 2. light vs darkness; bloodshed
What does Donalbain mean when he says, “There’s daggers in men’s smiles”? We cannot trust anyone because one could smile at us but then try to kill us
Which literary device is in the following quote:”With Tarquin’s ravishing strides, towards his design [he moves].” allusion
What does Duncan give his hostess to show his gratitude? A Diamond
Banquo wants the prediction made by the witches to come true for his sons. What does he refuse to do so that the prediction does come true? Kill Duncan
What is Macbeth anticipating in his soliloquy about the dagger? Murdering Duncan
What is the significance of the ringing of the bell? It means death. It is time for Macbeth to murder Duncan.
What did Lady Macbeth do to the guards to make them sleep? Got them drunk.
Why couldn’t Lady Macbeth murder the king herself? He looks like her father
What does Macbeth do or say to show his near hysteria after the murder? He can’t sleep, he can’t say amen, he won’t go back, and he called the murder scene a “sorry sight”
What does Macbeth bring with him from the murder scene, which Lady Macbeth must return? Bloody dagger
What does Lady Macbeth intend to do with Duncan’s blood if he’s bleeding? Smear it on the guards
How does Lady Macbeth react to the murder of Duncan? Not as disturbed, takes charge
In the opening comic interlude, the porter is pretending that he’s the gate keeper in ____ Hell
What evidence does Lennox give of nature harmonizing with man’s violence or the disruption of the Great Chain of Being? Windy, screams, the combustion, birds clamoring, earthquakes, horses went crazy and broke stalls
Who announces that Duncan has been murdered after finding his body? Macduff
What appearance does Lady Macbeth fake at the news? Fainting
Who is accused of the murder? The guards
Who kills the guards, and what reason does he give for his actions? Macbeth. He said he was angry
Why do Duncan’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, leave? Because their father was murdered and they don’t want to be next
Where does Malcolm go? England
Where does Donalbain go? Ireland
Who is now suspected of the murder and why? Malcolm and Donalbain, because they left
Who is the new king? Macbeth
What is Macduff implying when he says, “Lest out old robes sit easier than our new”? He doesn’t like Macbeth being kind
What are the two animals that are omens? Owls and crickets
Who refuses to attend the coronation of Macbeth at Scone? Macduff
Macbeth indicates that he wishes he had died before he saw this hour–the time that Duncan was dead. This is an example of Irony