O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee!
RL.1. Analyze a theme’s development over the course of a text. Analyze how a theme emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details.
This is a sorry sight
A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight
RL.2 Analyze what the text says explicitly. Analyze inferences drawn from the text. Cite specific and relevant textual evidence to support analyses.
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?
The entire second act in Macbeth mainly revolves around the situation with Macbeth murdering King Duncan and how it effected the people, especially Macbeth himself. To begin with, Banquo and Fleance are entering Macbeth's castle and talking just before they have to go to bed. Bamquo states that he is incapable of getting sleep when he says "A heavy summons lies like lead on me, And yet I would not sleep" (Scene 1, Page 232, Lines 6-7). Macbeth enters and speaks with Banquo about agreeing to discuss the witches prophecies another time. The rest of this act is all about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talking after successfully killing King Duncan. Macbeth is clearly showing that he hates the decision he made which Lady Macbeth doesn;t agree with. Macbeth says "I'll go no more. I am afraid to think of what I have done. Look on 't again I dare not"(Scene 2, Page 236, Lines 48-50). After hearing this, Lady Macbeth says "Infirm of Purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures"(Scene 2, Page 236, Lines 51-52).
RL.4 Analyze the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings
Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?
Act two in Macbeth deals mostly about the murder of King Duncan that was caused by Macbeth. The theme that follows this act is ambition. Ever since Macbeth came across the witches who declared he would soon become the new king, he has been a very ambitious individual. Some examples to show Macbeth's ambitious character is when he is convinced by Lady Macbeth that if he kills the King himself, he would immediately become the new king. Macbeth really isn't sure about this idea, but he decides to push himself to do it. Once he finally he does it, he returns to Lady Macbeth and they exchange words to each other. For example, Macbeth says "This is a sorry sight"(Scene 2, Page 234, Line 22). Lady Macbeth instantly replies to this by saying "A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight"(Scene 2, Page 234, Line 23).
RL.4 Analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning Analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on tone.
One line in Act Two that can be analyzed thoroughly when Macbeth said, "Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?" (Scene 1, Page 233, Lines 32-33) This one line alone carries heavy meanings such as how Macbeth truly feels about the thought of murdering King Duncan. It is not clearly shown, but Macbeth is really meaning that he knows he said he would murder the king, but in reality, he is having second thoughts and doesn't feel comfortable in performing a horrific act.
Conclusion/work on adding 4 category level (on the rubric) to your project.
Act Two in Macbeth has many great examples of figurative language. One of the best examples is said in Scene 3. As soon as Lady Macbeth returns the dagger that Macbeth used to kill King Duncan, Macbeth says to himself "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?" (Page 236, Lines 58-59). This quote is a great example of a hyperbole because of how horrified Macbeth was after killing the king. The quote does heavily exaggerate how much Macbeth wants to take back his actions and forget everything he did.
Word choice is heavy on giving meanings for phrases that require critical thinking. When Macduff screams the word "Horror" at the sight of King Duncan's dead body, it really displays the impact this death will effect the people once the news spreads around. Questions will stir such as "Who could take Duncan's role as King?" and "What kind of monster could do something so horrific?".