Act 2 1 In the play, Duncan is seen as representing order, and his murder produces chaos. Lady Macbeth further assures Macbeth by telling him that there is no way her plan can fail, and he should not worry about anyone finding out he has done such a terrible thing. Duncan thanks Macbeth and Banquo for their loyalty and bravery. Act 1, Scene 7 Alone on stage, Macbeth agonizes over whether to kill Duncan, recognizing the act of murdering the king as a terrible sin. She states that she herself would go so far as to take her own nursing baby and dash its brains if necessary. He consequently announces his decision to make his son Malcolm the heir to the throne of Scotland something that would not have happened automatically, since his position was elected and not inherited.
It is clearly evident that every action has a repercussion as to the guilt that consumes the plays lead actor. His sons will be kings. His fears seem well-founded: as soon as the witches mention the crown, Macbeth's thoughts turn to murder. For many readers, more than one reading is required to grasp a sense of what the witches mean. The role of the weird sisters in the story, therefore, is difficult to define or determine.
Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth of her plan to kill King Duncan. And why do they suddenly disappear from the play in the third act? Their greeting startles and seems to frighten Macbeth. The witches also speak in iambic pentameter, this form of poetry is very well used as the witches speak in chants, giving the reader an even bigger sense of their evil. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he must use this opportunity to kill King Duncan and take over the throne. They will wait until he falls asleep, she says, and thereafter intoxicate his bodyguards with drink. GradeSaver, 23 June 2008 Web.
Background Like his other tragedies, William Shakespeare's Macbeth is full of complex characters and important plot points. He begins suspecting Macbeth as he accidentally claimed of the killing of the guards which leads to the suspicion of Macbeth by Macduff who would foreshadow trouble to Macbeth later on in the play 3 She shows some humanity within her, her psyche changed with the action to become sane with her husband. He is described to be a war hero. If Macbeth is indecisive, Lady Macbeth is just the opposite—a character with such a single vision and drive for advancement that she brings about her own demise. What description of Cawdor and his death does Malcolm give? However, the story of Macbeth as told by Shakespeare bears little relation to real events in Scottish history, as Macbeth was an admired and able monarch. Macbeth will kill King Duncan, using the guards' daggers. The simplest way of explaining the plot would be to say that it is a story of a man urged by his wife, and foretold by prophesy, to commit murder in order to gain power….
Lesson Summary There are several important scenes in Act 1 of Macbeth. Just as the Weird Sisters pervert the normal course of nature by telling their prophecy, Macbeth upsets the course of nature by his regicide. Act 1, Scene 2 The Scottish army is at war with the Norwegian army. Macbeth also mentions the fact that not only is King Duncan his cousin, but he will also be his guest that night, all good reasons why he should not kill King Duncan. What affect do those messages have on Macbeth? They predict that Macbeth will be king, and that Banquo's sons, not Banquo himself, will be kings as well.
Similarly, the captain in Scene 2 makes a battle report that becomes in effect a prophecy: For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name! Act 1, Scene 6 Duncan arrives at Inverness with Banquo and exchanges pleasantries with Lady Macbeth. Then there are of course the three witches, whose prophecies set in motion the events that make up the rest of the play. Macbeth appears to be a loyal Thane, but secretly plans revenge. However, she manages to convince him to kill King Duncan, by playing on his ego and calling his manhood into question. The Plan What is Lady Macbeth's plan for murdering King Duncan? But unlike Hamlet, Macbeth does not have a good reason to kill, nor is the man he kills evil—far from it. Almost as soon as they disappear, Ross and Angus appear with the news that the king has granted Macbeth the title of Thane of Cawdor. It can be seen as a metaphorical.
And yet her very ruthlessness brings about another form of ambiguity, for in swearing to help Macbeth realize the Weird Sisters' prophecy, she must cast off her femininity. Everything else that happens in the play feeds off of Macbeth's awakened ambitions. What word from the King to Macbeth and Banquo do Ross and Angus bring? The scene between Banquo and Macbeth has a dark atmosphere that gives off a threatening feeling. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. Macbeth is bestowed the title of Thane of Cawdor. Reflecting the disruption of nature, the dialogue between Macbeth and Lady in the scene following the murder becomes heavy, graceless, and almost syncopated. In this he resembles Hamlet, who soliloquizes numerous times about his inaction.
The king follows with Banquo. The Tragedy of Macbeth commonly called Macbeth is a play by William Shakespeare about a regicide and its aftermath. The speech is clotted with accents, tangling meter and scansion, and the alliteration is almost tongue-twisting, slowing the rhythm of the words. A badly injured soldier then returns from battle to tell Duncan how dreadfully bloody it is but how Macbeth saved the day by fighting and killing many of the rebels and their leader. It is a foreboding, or ominous, setup, and clearly signals the evil and dread that will exist throughout the play. The murder of Duncan is almost disused given the scene that comes first has many bloody images. What public announcement does Duncan make as to his successor on the throne? What characteristics of the King are evident? Throughout the play, characters, scenes, and ideas are doubled.
And things get more interesting from there. Where does this scene take place? In a speech at the beginning of Scene 5, she calls on the spirits of the air to take away her womanhood: Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Act 1, Scene 5 At Inverness, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth that describes his meeting with the witches. He will then smear the King's blood on the passed out guards, framing them for the murder. Just as their words are confusing, it is unclear as to whether the witches merely predict or actually effect the future. Make thick my blood, Stop up th'access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between Th'effect and it.