0Act 2 Journals
Macbeth, Act 2, scene 1 Macbeth, Act 2, scenes 3 & 4
Plot summary: 1. Who does the Porter let in? Why are they there?
1. What gift did Duncan instruct Banquo to give to Lady 2. How does the Porter provide “comic relief”?
Macbeth and Macbeth? 3. What strange – supernatural - events made Lennox call
2. About what did Banquo dream the previous night? the night “unruly”?
3. What does Macbeth think he sees before him? 4. Why does Lennox think that Duncan’s servants killed
4. What appears on the object? Duncan?
5. What do Malcolm and Donalbain plan to do? Why do
Quote analysis: they decide to do this?
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible 6. What do Ross and the Old Man discuss?
To feeling as to sight, or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Quote analysis:
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? (2.1.36-39) . . . Where we are,
There’s daggers in men’s smiles; the near in blood,
□ Who is speaking here? The nearer bloody. (2.3.139-141).
□ What is the speaker referring to?
□ Put this statement into your own words. □ Who is speaking here?
□ What does this show us about the speaker’s mental □ What theme does this statement touch upon? Why?
state? Why? □ How can you connect this statement to Lady Macbeth’s
advice to “look like th’ innocent flower, but be the
Personal reflection: serpent under’t”?
The apparition of the dagger could be interpreted as
Macbeth seeing what he wants to see. Is it human nature to Personal reflection:
see only what we want to see and hear only what we want Macbeth is not punished for “avenging” Duncan’s death by
to hear? Explain. Can you think of a situation where this killing the two supposedly guilty servants. Even though the
has happened? What were the consequences? other characters don’t believe that Macbeth is guilty for
Duncan’s death, do you think they should have held him
responsible for the servants’ deaths? What consequences
would you have made him face? Explain.
Macbeth, Act 2, scene 2
1. Why could Lady Macbeth not bring herself to kill
2. Macbeth thinks he hears a voice cry after he kills
Duncan. What does that voice say?
3. Why does Lady Macbeth have to return to Duncan’s
4. Why does Lady Macbeth think she and Macbeth ought
to be dressed in their “nightclothes”?
What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes!
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine . . . (2.2.58-61)
□ Who is speaking here?
□ What is the speaker concerned about?
□ Why can’t the speaker seem to “clean” his hands?
What do you think this literally and symbolically
Both Banquo’s and Macbeth’s fears surface in their
unconscious – through dreams and visions. Do you think
this is realistic? How do you think fears and stress show
themselves in people? Explain.