Macbeth: Act 2 and 3 review
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1. Explain the motivation of Macbeth's soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 1. What does this show about his mental state?
The motivation of his Soliloquy is to show that Macbeth is very unprepared to kill Duncan, someone who he has followed and been loyal to for years. This shows that he is mentally unstable in the heat of the moment.
2. How does nature react to the death of Duncan?
Nature reacts in a negative way. Many bizarre things happen throughout the night such as Duncan's horses eat each other, a small owl kills a large eagle, an earthquake happens, and strange voices are heard in the palace.
3. How does Lady Macbeth deal with the death? Macbeth? What do the differences say about them as characters?
Lady Macbeth deals with Duncan's death by being emotionless. "A little water will clear us of this deed." She wants to be emotionless before it and after it and just keep moving forward. She is cold. Macbeth is more emotional and conflicted and seems to be unhinged and traumatized by the death. These differences show that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have different emotional standpoints
4. When Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are told by Macduff that King Duncan has been murdered, how do they respond? How does this connect to earlier in the play?
The Mabeths respond with grief and sorrow and Macbeth lashes out and kills the Chamberlains. This connects to the flowers and serpents from earlier in the play because by acting saddened by the death of Duncan they are playing the flower to cover up the snake. The snake being how Macbeth slaughtered Duncan.
5. In Act 2 Scene 3 when Macbeth's motives for killing the Chamberlains are questioned what is his response? How does this fit into the impression the Macbeths are looking to make?
Macbeth says he killed the Chamberlains out of love for Duncan. Macbeth says he had to get out his anger and he did so by "avenging" Duncan by killing the Chamberlains. This fits into the impression Macbeth is looking to make because it makes people see his true loyalty to Duncan and
6. How do Malcolm and Donalbain react to the murder of their father? What do they seem to understand, and how are their actions interpreted by Macbeth and others?
They react by fleeing. Malcom goes to England and Donalbain goes to Ireland. They seem to understand that something fishy is going on and someone is coming after their family. The others take them leaving as if they fled because they murdered Duncan.
7. At the end of Act 2, what role is Macbeth going to be assuming?
Macbeth is going to be the King of Scotland
1. Explain why Macbeth feels so threatened by Banquo. What does he think he has done for Banquo and his family?
Macbeth feels threatened by Banquo because of the prophecies. He feels as though he has done all these terrible things and sped up the process of his and Banqou's prophecy and Banquo didn't have to do any dirty work.
2. Explain Macbeth's plan for getting rid of Banquo and Fleance. Why is this a notable development?
His plan is to use the murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance instead of doing it himself. This is a notable development because he is making other people do his dirty work for him so he has no dirt on his hands.
3. What kind of men are the murderers? Why does Macbeth select these kind of people?
The murderers lived horrible lives in misery so they will do anything to make their lives better or just end it. Macbeth selects these types of people because he knows that he can keep himself from being affiliated with the death of Banquo if he uses the murderers to kill Banquo instead of getting rid of Banquo himself.
4. What continues to trouble Macbeth? How does Lady Macbeth feel about this issue? How does this play into our understanding of them as characters?
Macbeth killed Duncan and is emotional about it and can't let it go so he is shaken by it and loses sleep over it and it is wearing him down. Lady Macbeth on the other hand is calm and telling him to get over it. This shows how Macbeth is emotional and lady Macbeth is somewhat emotionless.
5. Explain the issue with the murder sequence on page 97.
The issue in the murder sequence is that Fleance has escaped and killing Banquo was useless because Fleance is still part of the prophecy and Macbeth's life is still at stake.
6. How do Macbeth and Lady Macbeth continue to try and maintain their public face?
They try to maintain their public face by acting like flowers rather than serpents. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth act like nothing is wrong and they are just enjoying a dinner party and acting like humble hosts.
7. How does Lady Macbeth react to Macbeth's seeing Banquo's ghost? What earlier incident can this reaction be connected to?
Lady Macbeth tries to cover up Macbeth's outburst by saying that it is just a disorder that Macbeth has had since he was young and it causes him to have short outbursts and if you acknowledge it it only makes it worse. This incident can be related to Macbeth seeing the dagger that he used to kill Duncan even though it wasn't really there. In both of these incidents Macbeth is so unstable that he is seeing things that are not really there.
8. What feelings does the ghost bring out of Macbeth? Why is this so important?
When Macbeth sees the ghost the first thing he says is you can't blame me for this. Saying you can't blame him for Banquo's death. It brings out Macbeth's fear. It shows that Macbeth is emotionally unstable by the idea of Banquo's death. This is important because it shows Macbeth can't keep it together and is to emotionally charged by this.
9. How does Macbeth justify his continuing forward with murderous plans?
Macbeth justifies his continuing forward with the murderous plans by saying he has already done so many terrible things that he might as well continue on. He thinks that continuing on might fix his problems. "I am in blood stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er:" He will take any measure to keep himself secure and safe on the throne.
10. Explain Lennox's feelings toward Macbeth. Why are these so important?
Lennox's feelings toward Macbeth are negative. He is very suspicious of Macbeth because he is saying its pretty coincidental that everything fell apart and Macbeth rose to power. He's questioning how everything shook out the way it did. He uses the word tyrant to describe Macbeth. This is important because now Lennox knows something is up.
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