Macbeth: Act 2

largess large gift or donation
cleave stick to something; to be faithful to
augment increase, make larger
repose rest
palpable obvious, easily observed; able to be touched knell: sound of a bell rung toannounce a death or a funeral lest: for fear that
lechery excessive indulgence in sexual activity sacrilegious: disrespect towardsomething sacred or holy alas: used to express sorrow; regret, or grief
wherefore why
sovereignty supreme authority over all things
Hecate in Greek Mythology, she is the goddess of ghosts and witchcraft.
Gorgon in Greek mythology, a Gorgon is one of three monstrous sisters. The most famous isMedusa. Their hair was a cluster of snakes. Anyone who saw their ugly face would turn to stone.
What is part of the largess that is for Lady Macbeth Diamond
What does Banquo dream of? The 3 witches
What does Macbeth say in response to Banquo’s dream? I think not of them
Macbeth tells Banquo that if he sticks (“cleave”) with him, he will give him honor. Banquoresponds, “So I lose none / In seeking to augment it.” What does Banquo mean? I will do as you say, as long as you don’t dishonor me
What “fatal vision” does Macbeth have? He sees himself killing the king
Where is Macbeth going at the end of his soliloquy at the end of Act I, scene i? To kill Duncan
What reason does Lady Macbeth give for not killing Duncan herself? Duncan reminds her of her own father
What has Macbeth forgotten? He forgot to leave his dagger that he killed Duncan with in the bedroom
What reason does Macbeth give for not returning to Duncan’s bed chamber? He is afraid of what he has done & cannot look at it again.
Who is knocking on the door? Macduff
What does the porter say alcohol does? Red noses, sleep and urine
What does Macduff say the King commanded him to do? To wake him up early in the morning
What does Lennox say about the evening? The night was chaotic and he can’t remember a night as crazy as this one
Macduff uses the metaphor of a Gorgon. What is the tenor of this metaphor? What isMacduff comparing to a Gorgon? The tenor is fear stricken. Gorgon is Duncan’s dead body
What is Macduff’s response to Lady Macbeth when she asks what has happened? He says it is not right for a women to hear. It would murder her as soon as she heard it.
What does Macbeth say he has done in response to the murder? Killed the men guarding Duncan out of fury
Macbeth says, “Th’ expedition of my violent love / Outrun the pauser, reason.” What does hemean and why does he say this? The amount of fury he had for the murder of Duncan overruled his rationality and hekilled the men guarding Duncan
What does Lady Macbeth do at this moment of commotion? Faints
What does Banquo say he will fight against? The treasonous cruelty
Where do Donalbain and Malcolm decide to go? Malcolm goes to England. Donalbain goes to Ireland
The Old Man says, “‘Tis said they eat each other.” What is he talking about? Duncan’s horses ate each other…unnatural things happening
What is the thought of Malcolm and Donalbain because they left Scotland? That they killed Duncan
Where has Macbeth gone and why has gone there? To Scone to be made King

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