Macbeth Act II
Lesson on Act I |Act II |Act III |Act IV |Act V
There will be eight components in each unit.
Do You Know-
Shakespeare got his story from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles. Visit
the web site to read the original Macbeth. What parts of the historical story did
Stage I: Vocabulary
Critical Vocabulary to Know from Act Act II
For some words or phrases, you can find the meaning in the footnote of each scene; for other words not explained, use the Webster Dictionary to find the meaning of each word:
repose franchise husbandry largess
cleave augment allegiance counsel
ravishing alarum suit posset
confound raveled sleave unbend gild
constancy equivocator carousing Lechery
At a Glance-Studies Questions and Quizzes
1. In the brief dialogue between Banquo and Macbeth in the beginning of the Act, what do we learn about their regard for each other?
2. Analyze the "dagger" speech. In how many ways does Macbeth see the dagger? Is he becoming stronger or weaker in will ad determination than he revealed himself in Act One?
3. In what ways is the feeling of horror revealed and made impressive at the beginning of Scene Two.
4. What dramatic effect is produced by the knocking and by the actions of the Porter?
5. Why did Macbeth kill the Grooms? Was it a wise move? Explain. What reason did he give the others? How is Macbeth thinking at this point?
6. Why do Duncan's sons flee rather than remain to inherit the throne?
Stage I Do you know-
Stage II Scene by scene lessons
Scene 1 & 2
-What role does Banquo, Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth play respectively in the murder of Duncan?
- How does Macbeth and Lady Macbeth react respectively after the murder of Duncan?
Do now: Respond in your journal to the following scenario-
If you were asked to join in a deed by your friend, and all you had to do was to be quiet and move along, in return, you were promised a great profit, how would you respond to such an offer?
1. What mood is portrayed in the beginning of scene 2?
2. What does it indicate when Banquo started by saying "Take my sword" to "Give me my sword" when he herd some noise?
3. What is so important about the detail that Duncan thanked Lady Macbeth for hosting with a dimond?
3. Make a double -entry journal and respond to-
|M:"If you cleave to my consent, when 'tis/ It shall make honor for you."|
|B:" So I lose none/In seeking to argument it, but still keep/ My bosom franchised and allegiance clear,/ I shall be counseled."|
|Macbeth's Reactions||Lady M's Reactions|
7. Enact the scene when Macbeth comes back from the murder scene to where they hear the knock and pretend to go to bed.
Be the dagger that Macbeth wears. Retell the story before, during and after the murder of Duncan. Make sure in your story, include what you have witnessed: Banquo's part, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's parts in the murder of Duncan. Don't forget you were not used to do any killing but some other scapegoat daggers. Since you are always with Macbeth and attached to his side, you know how he feels and what secret thoughts might go through his mind.
Scene 3 & 4
1.What supernatural phenomena are described in the two scenes that symbolize the murder of Duncan?
2. What are the immediate results of the murder?
1. What is comic relief? Is it necessary to be used at this point of the play? Explain.
2. What is the common characteristic shared by the farmer, the equivocator, and the English tailor? What does the porter's monologue foreshadow?
3. What did Lennox observe the night before in his "The night has been unruly..."? For example...
|1.chimneys were blown down||1. The house will be on fire|
Was feverous and did shake.
Finish the table.
4.How would you read the line by Macbeth " 'Twas a rough night."?
5. How did Macduff dscribe the death of Duncan? How does the description demonstrate Macduff's love for Duncan? What literary techniques are used ?
6. Why is Macduff's reply "O. gentle lady..." to Lady Macbeth's inquiry a good example of damatic irony?
7. In Macbeth's monologue, "
Had I but died an hour before this chance,
I had lived a blessed time; for, from this instant,
There 's nothing serious in mortality:
All is but toys: renown and grace is dead;
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.", is there any truth uttered? What is it?
8. Do you like the way the actor says the line "Twas a rough night"? Why or why not?
9. How did Macduff describe the scene of Duncan's death? And how did he react to it?
10. Why is the detail of Macbeth's killing of the guards important ? What excuses did he give to Macduff for his killing of the guards?
11. How did Duncan's sons react to their father's death?? Why?
12. Who has been blamed for the murder of Duncan?
13. Who has been selected as Duncan's successor? How is Macbeth probably selected?
14. Why might be the reason for Macduff not to atten Macbeth's coronation? What consequence could such an act cause?
Write a news broadcast for a "late-breaking story from Inverness Castle". Interview Macduff, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, or the porter.
V. Literary concepts- Find an example in the play for each concept-
VI.Review and Reflection
1. What mental picture from this act still lingers in your mind?
2. How has Macbeth changed as a result of the events in this act?
3.The porter humously comments on the types of people who wind up at the gates of hell. How is Macbeth like or unlike the sinners descrubed by the porter?
4. Can you predict the psychological effects that the murder will have on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?
5.Do you remember some the common techniques movie producers use in creating suspense, and a dark and fearful atmosphere?
How might a modern criminal investigation into the murder of a political leader differ from that presented in Macbeth?
Do you want to visit one of your friends to talk about any of this? Or do you want to read some of your classmates' responses to Macbeth? And your shared thoughts are___________
Re-examining and re-thinking earlier thoughts or Spend some time amending or revising any of your ideas.
IX. On- Line Discussion-Stimulating the Course Conference.
Would you like to select your best thoughts and share with us online?
X.Using What I have Learned-Using what's been learned in
What have you learned from this act? Could you express the thoughts in a creative way, such as , a poem, a scene, etc.
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