Macbeth Act II

Who is Fleance? Why might Macbeth see him as a potential threat? -Fleance is Banquo’s son-he might be a potential threat because it was predicted by the witches that Banquo’s sons will be kings, so Fleance may be in Macbeth’s way to the throne
Banquo says that he cannot sleep because, “Merciful powers, restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature gives way to in repose” (lines 9-11). What does this mean? -he wants the powers to keep away the nightmares that plague him when he rests
In lines 21-32, what are Banquo and Macbeth discussing? What is Macbeth’s response? Why do you think he responds this way? -talking about the witches-Banquo has a dream about them-Macbeth says he doesn’t think about what they said anymore, but he will discuss them later with Banquo if he wants-He responds this way because he does not want to seem suspicious and too into what the witches told him
After Banquo and Fleance leave, what does Macbeth see? Macbeth sees an imaginary dagger floating before him.
Lines 44-52: “Mine eyes are made the fools o’ th’ other senses, / Or else worth all the rest. I see thee still, / And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, / Which was not so before. There’s no such thing. / It is the bloody business which informs / Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the one half-world / Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse / The curtained sleep.” translation:-his eyesight is either the one sense that is not working, or the only sense that is working right-he sees blood splotches on the blade and handle-he decides he is thinking about this because the murder he is about to commit is making him think he sees a dagger-now half the world is asleep and being deceived by evil nightmares
Who is Hecate? Why is she significant? -Hecate is the Greek goddess of witchcraft-significant because witches are offering sacrifices to her
Scene 1 ends with the ringing of a bell. Macbeth says, “The bell invites me. Hear it not Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell” (lines 75-77). Why is the bell being rung? the bell is being rung as a sign for Macbeth to kill Duncan
What has Macbeth done at the beginning of the second scene? He has killed Duncan
Why didn’t Lady Macbeth kill Duncan on her own? Duncan reminded her of her father
What did the two guards do as Macbeth was leaving? What is Macbeth upset about? -the guards said began praying -he was upset because he couldn’t reply “Amen” when they said “God bless us!”-needed God’s blessing, but the word “Amen” stuck in his throat
Lady Macbeth says, “These deed must not be thought after these ways; so, it will make us mad.” What might this foreshadow? This foreshadows that they will eventually go crazy thinking about the deeds they have committed
What does Macbeth think he heard someone cry out? “Sleep no more!Macbeth does murder sleep” (34-35)
What did Macbeth forget to do? How does Lady Macbeth solve this -he forgets to leave the daggers with the guards in Duncan’s chamber-Lady Macbeth solves this by bringing them back herself
Lady Macbeth tries to comfort Macbeth by giving him advice on how to calm down. Translate 58-61. What is the “filthy witness”? -these lines say that Macbeth becomes weak when he thinks of things in a cowardly way-Lady Macbeth tells him to wash his hands to get rid of the evidence (“filthy witness”)-She wonders why he took the daggers out of the room because they need to stay there and smear the guards with blood
After finishing the scene, what other quote from Lady Macbeth relates to water? “a little water clears us of this deed” (line 66)
Lady Macbeth says, “My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white” (63-64). What does this mean? Why is this significant? -her hands are as red as his, but she would be ashamed if her heart were as pale and weak as Macbeth’s-significant because she just convinced Macbeth to kill Duncan, but she feels no remorse
The porter pretends he is the doorman at the gate of hell. What three people does he pretend to let in? -farmer-equivocator-English tailor
What three things does the porter say drinking causes? -turns nose red (nose painting)-sleep-urine
Who are Macduff and Lennox? Why did Macduff come to Inverness so early? -they are noblemen of Scotland-he came to wake up Duncan
What is symbolic about the weather on the night of Duncan’s murder? -one occurrence can affect the whole universe-humans are connected with nature
What is the “lord’s anointed temple”? the King’s body
Translate lines 85-87 in which Macduff addresses Lady Macbeth. How does he view her? -he says that the news isn’t fit for her ears-if he told her, it would kill her as soon as she heard it-thinks she is a weak woman when in fact she was the one who convinced Macbeth to kill him.
Lines 107-112:
Macbeth says, “Oh, yet I do repent me of my fury, that I did kill them.” In his “fury,” who did Macbeth kill? the guards
Malcolm asks Donalbain, “why do we hold our tongues?” What is the reason? What do they decide to do and why? -they are afraid that if they say anything, danger will strike at them from anywhere-they decide to leave the country because they fear they will be the next ones to be killed
Explain the two omens that the Old Man and Ross are discussing. -still dark outside during the day, which symbolizes how when Jesus/someone of noble rank dies, darkness ensues-owl murdered a hawk, which symbolizes Macbeth killing the King since Macbeth has a lower rank than Duncan-Duncan’s obedient horses turned wild and ate each other, which symbolizes man and man killing each other and foreshadows people of equal status killing each other (Macbeth and Fleance maybe)
Write down the line thats says who is now crowned the King of Scotland Then ’tis most likeThe sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth
Macduff says he will not go to Scone, but he will go home to Fife. Why? he is suspicious that Macbeth killed the King