Act 2


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  • Oh no, we should flee!
  • People that we think may be innocent could instead be killers. we could be murdered!
  • Lady. this news is too horrific that I'm sure you could not handle it.
  • If only you knew..
  • Am I imagining things or is this a real dagger? I want to grab it.
  • "Where we are, there’s daggers in men’s smiles. The near in blood,The nearer bloody" (II.iii.164-166). Donalbain uses a metaphor here in order to describe how he and his brother are no longer safe in this castle. for there is a killer among them that might murder either of them at any moment.
  • Oh surely I would kill him if he did not remind me of my poor father :(
  • "O gentle lady,’tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition in a woman’s ear would murder as it fell" (II.iii.96-99) Macduff portrays traditional gender roles here as he claim the new of the murder is too much for a woman to handle. This quote is ironic for Lady Macbeth encouraged the murder and is now told she is too gentle to hear about it.
  • Do not sleep anymore!
  • Why am I hearing voices now? I truly must be going insane
  • Macbeth kills innocent sleep!
  • "Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch/thee. Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?" (II.i.44-51). Macbeth imagines the murder weapon in front of him, symbolizing that he is ready to murder Duncan and that Macbeth is losing sanity.
  • Malcolm and Donalbain look hella suspicious right now, fleeing immediately and all
  • All I know now is that Macbeth will surely take the throne
  • "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done ’t (II.ii.15-16) ." Here Lady Macbeth claims that she definitely would have killed Duncan had he not reminded her of her father. This contrasts to her previous statements of being cold hearted and shows that she does have some emotional connection to her father.
  • "Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep" (II.ii.47-48).  This quote describes Macbeth descending into madness as the guilt leads him to believe he hears voices claiming that Macbeth shall murder anything innocent, in this case sleep is used as an example.
  • "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" (II.iv.35-38). Macduff declares that the King's sons are suspected of killing Duncan because they fled and acted weirdly upon hearing the news of his death. 
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