Macbeth (Act 2)

What is the mood (atmosphere) as this scene opens? Eyre night
What color best symbolizes the play thus far? Black
What do you suppose is Banquo’s “cursed thoughts?” He’s worried that the witches’ prophecy will come true.
How can Macbeth’s ” vaulting ambition” bring great success? How can it bring destruction? – Being king- They could figure out that he killed the king
What is it that Macbeth thinks he sees in his “fatal vision?” A floating dagger
As this scene opens, what has Lady Macbeth done? She drugged the servants with alcohol and some kind of sleeping potion.
Why did Lady Macbeth not kill Duncan? The king looked like her father sleeping there
Of what significance is it that Macbeth is unable to say AMEN? He was to guilty.
What does Macbeth mean by saying he has “murdered sleep?” He has murdered his own ability to sleep, because he feels so guilty.
What benefits of sleep are specified here? You heal when you sleep and it refreshes you.
What does Macbeth do with the daggers after the murder? He comes out with the bloody daggers
Why does this bother Lady Macbeth? What does she do with the daggers? She wants to put them in the guards hands.
What is ironic about Lady Macbeth’s remark “A little water clears us of this deed?” It washes away the evidence
What does Macbeth wish? Why? He wishes that he could wake Duncan.
What does the drunken porter imagine he is doing? He thinks that he is the gate keeper of hell
How do the porter’s comments on the people arriving at “hell’s gate” mirror Macbeth’s situation? It mirrors Macbeth’s guilt
Who is knocking? Why? Macduff and Lennox
Who first learns that a murder has taken place? Macduff
What action does Macbeth take against the guards? From this, what more can we expect from Macbeth? -They kill the guards so that they can’t talk. -More guilt
What do you think causes Lady Macbeth to “faint?” So she would look innocent.
Why do Malcolm and Donalbain decide to flee? They think that it will be blamed on them.
How do the strange natural occurrences affect the atmosphere? Strange, Eyre, unnatural setting
How do the natural catastrophes relate to the night’s events at Iverness Castle? A way to create more evil chaos.
Why do Malcolm and Donalbain become prime suspects? They are the kings heirs, so they are the ones that will become king.
Explain how night, blood, and water, are symbolic in Macbeth. Night:Bad thingsWater:Rinsing the evidence awayBlood:A lot of blood was shed
What is revealed about the minds and characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? Macbeth is consumed with guilt and shame, but Lady Macbeth is happy that the task is done.
At the end of Act II, what do you think Macbeth and Lady Macbeth look like? Unhappy murderers
At the end of Act II, who is being crowned king of Scotland? Macbeth

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