Macbeth // Act II

What cursed thoughts does Banquo have? 1) He is haunted by the withes’ prophecies.2) He is suspicious of Macbeth.
What is the meaning of Banquo’s answer to Macbeth? He says he will always be loyal to Macbeth as long as he never has to be disloyal to Duncan.
What causes Macbeth to think he sees a dagger? Guilt and stress over the planned murder of Duncan.
What is the significance of the bell ringing? It is a signal from Lady Macbeth that the time is right to commit the murder.
How did Macbeth mismanage the murder? He brought the daggers away with him.
How do Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s comment about the water differ? He say that all the water in the ocean would turn red, rather than wash away the bloods from his hands. She says that a little water clears them of the deed.
Why does Macduff come to Macbeth’s castle? He comes at the King’s command.
What unusual things happen to Macduff and Lennox during the night? 1) It was a stormy night with chimneys being blown down.2) There was strange screams of death in the air.3) The owl screeched all night.4) The Earth shook.
Who discovers the murder? Macduff
What actions do Donalbain and Malcolm take? Donalbain fled to Ireland; Malcolm fled to England
How does popular opinion account for the murder? It is believed that Donalbain and Malcolm hired the King’s guards to commit the murder.
Who has been named King? Macbeth
Name the characters who have shown they are suspicious of Macbeth’s rapid ascent to the throne. Banquo & Macduff
“A little water clears us of this deed.” Lady Macbeth to Macbeth; Water will clean them in a physical sense, and she believes that it will also wash away the guilt.
“To know my deed, ‘twerp best not know myself.” Macbeth to Lady Macbeth; It is better to be lost in my thoughts than to be aware of what I have done.