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  • Objective Summary 
  • Theme Development - absolute power corrupts absolutely
  • "I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.  Did not you speak?"(2.2.15-16)
  • "I have done the deed, have thou not hear a noise? "(2.2.14)
  •                        Tone
  • This act starts off in Macbeth's castle. Banquo starts to have dreams about "the 3 weird sisters", the witches.  After Banquo leaves Macbeth's castle, Macbeth has a vision of a dagger pointing at Duncan and then has a vision of blood on it. and starts to think its fake. After, Lady Macbeth signals that the chamberlains are asleep and Macbeth then heads over to Duncan's chamber. Lady Macbeth then goes on about how Macbeth cant fail killing the king because she provided the dagger and could've killed him right then and there. Macbeth re-enters and states that the deed is done. With blood on his hands he also states the he heard some cries saying "sleep no more, Macbeth does murder sleep"(2.2.33-34). Macbeth didn't leave the dagger with the chamberlains and Lady Macbeth is mad because now there is a trace back to them.      
  • Connotation and denotation
  • "What hath quenched them hath given me fire "(2.2.2)
  • In this text it shows that Macbeth killed the king. this is showing that even after the king give him Thane of Cawdor, him and his wife are so eager for power the kill the king even though Macbeth respects and honors the king. Also, they lame the killing on the kings guards and get them drunk so there is no remembrance. 
  • Figurative Language
  • "The innocent sleep, sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care, the death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, balm of hurt minds, great natures second course, chief nourisher in life's feast." (2.2.34-38)
  • Fire means combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke. But when Lady Macbeth uses it shes saying she has excitement or that shes stoked about getting the guards drunk and that shes ready to kill the king.  
  • This quote compares the concept of 'sleep' to many different things, making it a metaphor.
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