Macbeth Act II
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Act II

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 Shakespeare borrow?

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

parley    countenance

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?

Learning Activities:

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-

Quotations Commentary
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."