Macbeth Act II Scene 1-4

What gift does King Duncan give Lady Macbeth? What is ironic about this gift? A diamond, it’s ironic b/c she plans on killing Duncan
About whom has Banquo dreamed that night? the witches
What is Macbeth’s response? Is he being truthful? “I think not of them”, he’s lying
What does Macbeth see before him in his second soliloquy? a dagger
What does the dagger turn into? What does it represent? a bloody dagger
Why does Shakespeare include the image of the dagger? to show Macbeth’s guilt
What does the bell that Macbeth hear signify? the deed is done
Why doesn’t Lady Macbeth kill Duncan as she had planned? he looks like her Dad
What word is Macbeth unable to say? In addition to killing the king, what else does Macbeth think he “hath murdered”? he can’t say amen and he murdered sleep
What two metaphors describe the healing power of sleep, an escape that Macbeth will no longer enjoy? “Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care” and “Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course”
What is Macbeth’s irrational concern about his hands? all the water in the world can’t clean his hands
What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction to Macbeth’s breakdown? she calls him a coward
What does Lady Macbeth do with the bloody daggers? wipes the blood on the guards
Knocking occurs several times during their conversation, signaling someone at the outside gate. Lady Macbeth commands her husband to act naturally and to pretend as though he has been asleep all night. What wish does Macbeth make about the knocking? Why does Shakespeare include this comment? He wishes Duncan would wake up, shows Macbeth’s guilt
What four unnatural events occurred the night of Duncan’s death? Why do you think Shakespeare including these? Chimney’s blown down, strange screams of death, birds clamored and earthquake
Who discovers that King Duncan is dead? Macduff
What is Macduff’s concern about Lady Macbeth? How is this an example of dramatic irony? Macduff is worried the news will upset her, it’s an example of dramatic irony b/c she participated in the murder
Paraphrase Macbeth’s ironic statement in lines 85-87. “i would rather die than live without Duncan”
What has Macbeth done that was not part of the original plan? He killed the guards
In line 101, how does Macduff show he is suspicious of Macbeth’s actions? Macduff asks why he killed the guards
How does Lady Macbeth end this line of questioning? She pretends to faint
In lines 123-126, Banquo says that the guards would not have murdered Duncan on their own initiative. What is Macduff’s response? He agrees
The king’s sons decide to flee. Where does Malcolm go?Where does Donalbain go? Malcolm goes to England and Donalbain goes to Ireland
Why do they feel threatened? The king’s sons feel they will be next
The unnaturalness of Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan is seen in the three unusual events which occurred during the night: Day turned to Night, Owl killed Falcon, Tamed horses became wild
On whom does suspicion for the murder now fall? Why? The king’s sons, they ran away
Who is to be crowned the new king of Scotland? Macbeth
Who will not attend the coronation? Why? Macduff, he doesn’t like Macbeth

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