Macbeth by William Shakespeare Act 2

Macbeth by William Shakespeare Act 2

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  • Act Two, Scene 1  Court of Macbeth's castle Enter Banquo, and Fleance, with a torch before him
  • How goes the night, boy?
  • And she goes down at twelve.
  • I take it tis' later, sir.
  • Act Two, Scene 1 Continuation
  • Hold, take my sword. There's husbandry in heaven, Their candles are all out. Take thee that too. A heavy summons likes like lead upon me, And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers, restrain me in the cursed thoughts That nature gives way to in repose!
  • Act Two, Scene 1 Continuation
  • Give me my sword. Who's there?
  • A friend.
  • Banquo is tired but cannot sleep. His thoughts revolve around the Weird Sisters' prophecies. He wishes to speak to Macbeth privately, but is confronted with his son, Fleance, up late.
  • Act Two, Scene 1 Continuation
  • I think not of them; Yet when we entreat an hour to serve, We would spend it in some words upon that buisness, If you would grant the time.
  • Banquo continues to conversate with Fleance about his troubles with sleeping and what is forbidding him from sleeping. 
  • Act Two, Scene 1 Continuation
  • Is this a dagger, which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yetI see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? (2:1:41-45)
  • Banquo hears a sound in the distance. He orders Fleance to give him his sword. However, the sound was just Macbeth making his way around.
  • Act Two, Scene 1 End of Scene 
  • Banquo mentions dreaming about the Sisters to Macbeth, but Macbeth denies thinking of them at all. Banquo agrees to discuss the matter further.  Macbeth bids Banquo goodnight.
  • I dreamt last night of the Weird Sisters. To you they have showed some truth.
  • Macbeth proceeds about his bloody buisness. Macbeth imagines a dagger leading him to the place where he is to kill Duncan. The bell signals and alerts him that it is all clear for him to enter the King's chamber.
  • Macbeth sneaks into King Duncan's chamber, and proceeds on with his evil deed. Macbeth sucessfully kills the King, but instantly regrets his decision and is overwhelmed with guilt.
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