Macbeth Act 2 Study Guide

What is part of the largess that is for Lady Macbeth? a diamond
What does Banquo dream of? the three witches
What does Macbeth say in response to Banquo’s dream? lies and says he doesn’t think about them
Macbeth tells Banquo that if he sticks (“cleave”) with him, he will give him honor. Banquo responds, “So I lose none / In seeking to augment it.” What does Banquo mean? he’s not going to commit to whatever Macbeth is saying bc he wants to do whatever is best for himself
What “fatal vision” does Macbeth have? a dagger facing the king
Where is Macbeth going at the end of his soliloquy at the end of Act I, scene i? he’s going to kill Duncan
What reason does Lady Macbeth give for not killing Duncan herself? if duncan didn’t look like her dad she would’ve killed him herself
What has Macbeth forgotten? he brought the daggers back with him
What reason does Macbeth give for not returning to Duncan’s bed chamber? he’s afraid of what he’s done
Who is knocking on the door? Porter
What does the porter say alcohol does? instigates , it sets you up for a fall, it gets you up but it keeps you from getting off.
What does Macduff say the King commanded him to do? to wake up
What does Lennox say about the evening? a lot of bad things happened
Macduff uses the metaphor of a Gorgon. What is the tenor of this metaphor? What is Macduff comparing to a Gorgon? high fear / gorgon- murder
What is Macduff’s response to Lady Macbeth when she asks what has happened? too delicate for her to hear
What does Macbeth say he has done in response to the murder? he killed the guards out of love and anger for his king
Macbeth says, “Th’ expedition of my violent love / Outrun the pauser, reason.” What does he mean and why does he say this? his passion for the king made him kill them
What does Lady Macbeth do at this moment of commotion? she fainted
What does Banquo say he will fight against? treasonous murder.
Where do Donalbain and Malcolm decide to go? England
The Old Man says, “‘Tis said they eat each other.” What is he talking about? horses are eating each other
What is the thought of Malcolm and Donalbain because they left Scotland? Malcolm and Danalbain are though to have hired the servants that killed their father
Where has Macbeth gone and why has gone there? He has gone to Scone to be crowned as King