The Tragedy of Macbeth: Act 2

The Tragedy of Macbeth: Act 2

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth By Wiliam Shakespeare Tisheika Richards               Ms.Singh Period 1                November 22, 2017           
  • "The moon is down. I have not heard the clock." (2.1.2)
  • "I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters. To you they have showed some truth." (2.1.25-26)
  • "I have think not of them." (2.1.27-28)
  • "Is this a dagger which I see before me...Thou marshal'st me the way that I was going./And such an instrument I was to use...There's no such thing.It is the bloody business which informs/Thus to mine eyes."(2.1.44/54-55/59-61)
  • Presenting the plot of Act 2.
  •  "[A bell rings] I go, and it is done.The bell invites me./Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell/That summons thee to heaven or to hell." (2.1.75-77)
  • Banquo and his son, Fleance are at Macbeth's  castle, Inverness. Fleance let it be known that it is around midnight. When Macbeth enters, Banquo tells him of his dream about the witches. Macbeth says he hasn't thought of them. 
  • "I have done the deed...This is a sorry sight."(2.2.19/28)
  • "Go get some water/ and wash this filthy witness from your hand--/Why did you bring these daggers from the place?/They must lie there. Go, carry them and smear/The sleepy goons with blood." (2.2.60-64)
  • Macbeth imagines seeing a bloody dagger that is leading him towards Duncan's chamber, where he planned to kill Duncan. Macbeth resolves that his uneasiness to kill Duncan is  influencing his mind to see things that aren't real. 
  • "Then 'tis most like/The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth." (2.4.41-42)
  • "He is already named and gone to Scone/To be invested." (2.4.43-44)
  • "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." (2.2.35-38)
  • The ringing of a bell indicates to Macbeth that it is time to commit the murder of Duncan.  Macbeth follows through with the plan and heads to Duncan's chamber.
  • Macbeth is disturbed by his nefarious actions. When Lady Macbeth tried to comfort him she notices he still has the bloody dagger he used to kill the King. Lady Macbeth orders that he return the daggers to frame the guards but he was too distraught, so she chose to do it.
  • "I am afraid to think what have I done./Look on 't again I dare not." (2.2.66-67)
  • "Infirm of purpose!/Give me the daggers." (2.2.68-69)
  • The shocking discovery of Duncan's death placed everyone in grief, and caused Malcolm and Donalbain to fled. (2.3) Macduff reports to Ross that the guards were bribed to kill King Duncan, and the fleeing of the sons made them suspicious. Macbeth is on his way to be crowned King.
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