In The Tragedy of Macbeth Act II, we read about the terrible death of the king. The act begins with Banquo telling Macbeth about his dream of three witches, and then he gives him a diamond, from king Duncan for their great hospitality. After Banquo exits, Macbeth imagines a dagger then hears a bell signifying him to follow through with killing the king, and it was so he killed him.
"As from your graves rise up and walk like sprites to countenance to this horror."
What has happend?
A theme that builds throughout Act II could be guilt. In Act II scene 2, Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth, " If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal, for it must seem their guilt."(II.2.54-55) I believe it's guilt because Macbeth wasn't comfortable killing the king, it shows in the things he tells Lady Macbeth. For example, " How is it with me every noise appalls me? What hands are here? Ha, they pluck out mine eyes. Will all great Neptune's wash this blood clean from my hand?" (II.2.56-59) This displays he was in distress from his crime, showing guilt. Throughout the play it only gets worse. Only because
In Act II Scene 3 the plan of killing the king was very successful they made the scene look as if it was the kings guard's who murdered the king. Lady Macbeth had to return to the scene to take back the daggers that Macbeth brought back. She wiped them clean, then poisoned the guards and put blood on them. Also just so conveniently the door man was "drunk" so he couldn't have even noticed anything happening. " Faith , sir, we were carousing till the second clock, and drink, sir, is a great provoker of all three things."(II.3.20-21) The porter admitting that he had drank, so it would be easier to have no witnesses or anybody hearing anything.
This simile relates the spirits of the dead that were suppose to leave on judgment day to the murder. Macduff is talking about sounding the alarm for treason. The great dooms image- judgment day aka the end of the world.
In act II there is lot of negative tone, Murder being one.
In conclusion of Act II, The king gets killed everybody goes into shock. Macbeth is very guilty of his actions, creating self conflict. While people are grieving for the king, the kings sons show up to find their dad dead and flee the country. Ross talks to an old man and he blesses the town. The act ends with the thanes voting Macbeth to become next king.