Macbeth 2.3-2.4

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  • Macduff: "Ring the alarum bell! Murder and treason!" (2.3.68)
  • Donaldbain: "And seize us? Let's away. Our tears are not yet brewed" (2.3.116)
  • Ross: "Is't known who did this more than bloody deed?" (2.4.22)
  • In this scene, Macduff just found out that King Duncan has been murdered overnight. He is in shock and disbelief of what he had just discovered. With powerful words such as "murder" and "treason" and the use of 2 explanation marks allows us to depict an very panicked state, not just in Macbeth's castle, but eventually all over his country.
  • In this scene, Donaldbain is explaining the reason for keeping quiet to Malcolm, who wants speak out. They are both shocked at the murder of their father but Donaldbain, being a very cautious and smart person, decides the best move for his and brother is to flee. Donaldbain, who isn't the heir to the throne, by making his brother flee, he gains a better chance of siezeing the throne, which may be the deeper meaning behind his decision.
  • In this scene, Ross was asking Macduff who did this terrible deed. Ross is very confused and stunned at what has happened the previous night. He uses "bloody murder" which not only gives off the impression that this was in cold blood, but also it's part of someones larger plan. Macduff's response was Macbeth's servants, but both of them think that they didn't act alone.
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