Macbeth Act II

Banquo has “cursed thoughts”- what are these thoughts about? -3 witches-MB is going to be a king-Potential Death
What plan do Banquo and Macbeth make? If Banquo stays with MB, there will be a reward for Banquo
How does Banquo’s ambition differ from Macbeth’s? (So I lose none…I shall be counseled) He cares about having a clear conscience
How does the ringing of the bell work into MacBeth and Lady Macbeth’s plan? The bell encourages MB to kill King D
Items personified in Macbeth’s soliloquy -Eye-Dream-Murder
Macbeth: Imagination or hallucination? Forced by the “bloody business” or encouraged by it? Imagination and Mb is encouraged by it. He isn’t physically drawn towards murder but wants glory and wealth so he’s mentally drawn towards murder
What has Lady macbeth done when we first see her? got that guards drunk
“Had he not resembled/ My father as he slept, I had done’t” LMB- why doesn’t she kill Duncan? What does this reveal in her? Because she resembles her fatherShe has feeling and kindness. Emotion
“This is a sorry sight.” MB/ “A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.” LMB – How do their reactions to murdering Duncan differ? Macbeth has a bad feeling about it and LMB doesn’t care she says it is not a big deal
MB cannot “Amen” – why? Because he just killed someone
What mistake does MB make in staging the murder? He brought the dagger home
How does Lady MB fix the staging in murder? Paints the servants faces with the blood of him
Blood on his hands- how to get it off? What symbols are established? -no water can wash it off-he would turn a clean sea red
“My hands are of your color, but I shame/ to wear so white” LMB – what does this mean? That she is just as much in this a he is and just to go wash your hands off, its not a big deal
“Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou/ couldst!” MB – What is he saying? That he wishes he could wake up Duncan and take this back
Porter pretends to be opening up gates of hell for 3 characters FarmerEquivocator Tailor
What is the purpose of this scene? comic relief
Lennox describes the previous night- what was it like? stormy windy rainy
“And yes dark night strangle the traveling 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?” What is happening? What is the significance? ironic because she plotted the murder and knows about it
What are Malcolm and Donalbain planning? Why? -running away to avoid death-if they don’t leave they will be blamed-they are fleeing to England and Ireland
“And yes dark night strangle the traveling 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?’ What is happening? What is the significance? sun never came updisturbances and nature
3 unnatural events -owl ate a falcon-horse broke loose and ate each other-sun never came up
Malcolm and Donalbain flee- what does this make everyone suspect? Blamed for father’s death
Wht has the result been for Macbeth? GOING TO BECOME KING
“God’s benison go with you, and with those/ That would make good of bad, and friends of foes!” What does this remind us of? Romeo and Juliet. Montagues and Capulets agree to become friends

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