We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me of late, and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon.
Act 2 Scene 1
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?
Act 2 Scene 2
Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt.
I’ll go no more: I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on ’t again I dare not.
[Stage Direction] After King Duncan has just finished dinner, Macbeth has second thoughts and returns to his wife and tells her how he cannot go through with regicide due to how Duncan honored him, showing how Macbeth still has the 'milk of human kindness' within him. However, Lady Macbeth insults his manhood and he decides to go through with it.
Act 2 Scene 3
[Stage Direction] After conversing with Banquo and Fleance about the three witches prophecy , he tells the servant (who doesn't know about the plot) to help Lady Macbeth. He suddenly sees hallucinations of a ghostly dagger, leading him to where he needs to be to kill King Duncan. In terms of character development, Macbeth is already partially going bonkers.
Act 2 Scene 3
[Stage Direction] After Macbeth murders King Duncan, he is supposed to frame the servants but he has a temporary change of heart. He panics and believes that he may have done the wrong thing and says he can't go back, so Lady Macbeth gets impatient and calls Macbeth a coward, going back to plant the bloody daggers to frame the
Act 2 Scene 4
They were suborned. Malcolm and Donalbain, the king’s two sons, Are stol'n away and fled, which puts upon them Suspicion of the deed.
[Stage Direction] After the murder of King Duncan is discovered by Macduff , Malcolm and Donalbain , everyone has a moment where they must process the shock and try to comprehend what is going on. Macduff asks Macbeth why he killed the servants after the death of Duncan, Macbeth lies and says it is because he was moved by the death of his king, but he only did it so the servants wouldn't snitch on him and Lady Macbeth.
Who can be wise, amazed, temp'rate, and furious, Loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man. Th' expedition of my violent love Outrun the pauser, reason.
Wherefore did you so?
[Stage Direction] After Malcolm and Donalbain exchange words and agree that the ones who will put them in danger would be their relatives, they decide to escape Macbeth's castle without any proper farewell. Malcolm goes to England, and Donalbain goes to Ireland.
[Stage Direction] Macduff, who is speaking to the old man and Ross, is asked by Ross why the servants would want to kill Duncan. Macduff responds by saying that they were paid , and the king's sons Malcolm and Donalbain are the biggest suspects because they ran away without saying anything.