Macbeth ACT 2

“Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knellThat summons thee to heaven or to hell.” MACBETHASSONANCEDuncan/HeavenKnell/Hell
“Whether they live or die.” MACBETHJUXTAPOSITIONLive/Die
“Had he not resembledMy father as he slept, I had done’t.” LADY MACBETHSYMBOLShe would’ve killed Duncan, but him sleeping resembled her father, so she didn’t
“I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.” LADY MACBETHPERSONIFICATION & SARCASM & HYPERBOLEOwl ScreamCricket Cry
ACT 2 Scene 1 BANQUOFLEANCEMACBETH- Banquo says he can’t sleep because of his “cursed thoughts”- Macbeth enters, Banquo gets scared- Banquo says Duncan had dream about the witches- Macbeth sees a vision of a dagger – Dagger aims to Duncan- Macbeth goes to kill Duncan
ACT 2 Scene 2 MACBETHLADY MACBETH- Lady worries about Macbeth- Thinks she should’ve killed Duncan herself, but he resembled her dead father- Macbeth comes out with bloody hands- Macbeth says he heard people talking and praying- He heard voices saying “Sleep no more/Macbeth does murder sleep”- Macbeth forgot to leave daggers at the chamberlains- He refuses to go, so Lady does- Someone knocks- “Will Neptune’s ocean wash this blood?”- She says water will clear of the deed
ACT 2 Scene 3 PORTERMACDUFFLENNOXMACBETHLADY MACBETHMALCONDONALBAIN- Porter answers knocking door, and mocks them- Macduff complains about porter’s slow response to his knock- Porter says he was drunk- Says drinking provokes lechery (lustful, but cannot have sex)- Macbeth says Duncan is sleeping, but goes to take him to the king- Lennox says it was the worst night- Macduff shouts that Duncan has been MURDERED- Macbeth and Lennox rush to see- Lady appears, then asks who done it- Malcom and Donalbain are told their father has been killed by chamberlains- Macbeth says that he killed the chamberlains in rage- Macduff suspicious- Lady faints- Malcom/Donalbain think they are now unsafe- Sons flee to court- Malcom says he will go to England, and Donalbain to Ireland
ACT 2 Scene 4 ROSSMACDUFFOLD MAN- Ross discusses strange things happening these days- An owl killed a falcon, being unusual- Duncan’s horses behaved wildly- Macduff comes, and says Macbeth has been made KING ****- Macduff says chamberlains were most likely paid to kill Duncan- Now Malcom and Donalbain are supposed suspects since they fled afterMacduff goes home at FifeRoss goes home for Scone
“…the fountain of your blood” MACBETHMETAPHORInform Donalbain about death of his father”Fountain of blood” is Duncan
“There’s one did laugh in ‘s sleep, and one cried, “Murder!” MACBETHDRAMATIC IRONYDuncan’s sons are unaware of the murder happening, but are laughing about it
“Who’s there, in the name of Beelzebub?” PORTERMETAPHORPorter implies Beelzebub is a place of the devil, so it is shown that the place is a living hell
“Renown and grace is dead,The wine of life is drawn, and the mere leesIs left this vault to brag of.” MACBETHMETAPHORCompares his soul to a empty wine bag.He lost human emotion and compassion after his crime
“The sleeping and the deadAre but as pictures. ‘Tis the eye of childhoodThat fears a painted devil.” LADY MACBETHMETAPHORComparing those dead to picturesShows her courage and calm state of mind after murder
“It was the owl that shriek’d, the fatal bellman” LADY MACBETHSYMBOLLady claims she heard an owl shrieking, calling it the FATAL BELLMANSymbol of the death of Duncan
“Great Neptune’s ocean” MACBETHALLUSION and HYPERBOLEReference to the Roman god of sea
“I shame to wear a heart so white.” LADY MACBETHMETAPHORWhite is a metaphor for fear and innocence
When Lennox and Macduff are knocking at the door IRONY
Macbeth thinks that someone found about his crime IRONYNo one is aware yet in the book, but audience is aware
“Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care,” MACBETHPERSONIFICATION
“Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fearThy very stones prate of my whereabout”With Tarquin’s ravishing strides MACBETHALLUSIONHe is disturbed about the atmosphere since it is keeping up with the crime he is about to commitSurroundings are dark, appearing deadHe recalls TARQUIN, a king who committed a crime
“Had I but died an hour before this chance,/ I had lived a blessed time;” MACBETHDRAMATIC IRONYHe wishes he died before Duncan had died, but no one is aware that he was the one that killed him
“And wash this filthy witness from your hand.” LADY MACBETHSYMBOLReferring to the evidence on his hands
“There’s daggers in men’s smiles,” DONALBAINMETAPHORNot actually a dagger, but their smile shows who wants to do something bad
“And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp.” ROSSPATHETIC FALLACYAbnormal acts of nature, mood, traveling lamp is SUN, giving it human emotions
“A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place, was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed” OLD MANMETAPHORComparing Duncan and Macbeth to a falcon and owl.Says it doesn’t make sense that Macbeth can kill Duncan since he is like the falcon (top of the chain)
“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.” MACDUFFVERBAL IRONYLady is not actually a gentle lady
“Approach the chamber, and destroy your sight with a new Gorgon: do not bid me speak;” MACDUFFMETAPHORComparing Duncan to a GORGON, how seeing him is such a bad sight, that you will be shocked
“Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope/ The Lord’s anointed temple and stole thence/ The life o’ the building!” MACDUFFMETAPHORLife is Duncan, who has been killed
There’s husbandry in heaven;Their candles are all out. Take thee that too. BANQUOVERBAL IRONYCheapness in heaven with their candles or starsDark = bad
With Tarquin’s ravishing {strides,} towards his designMoves like a ghost. Thou and firm-set earth, MACBETHALLUSION/SIMILETarquin did a crimeSimile
That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold. LADY MACBETHVERBAL IRONY
“Sleep no more!” to all the house;”Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore CawdorShall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more.” MACBETHPUNPun on the word sleep, meaning his mind will never be calm again
Saying Knocking at the door The knocking is actually meant to be heard, not said
“I know this is a joyful trouble to you; but yet ’tis one.” MACDUFFOXYMORONJoyful Trouble
“I heard the owls scream and the crickets cry” LADY MACBETHPERSONIFICATION and SYMBOLOwls scream, crickets crySymbolize the owl, considered as death and darkness (DEATH OF DUNCAN)Cricket is considered as bad luck

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