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Macbeth: Act II

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Macbeth: Act II
By: Madi , Taylor, Mallory, & Jonathan
Blood and Hands
Appearance vs Reality
The emotions brought about by the appearance of something are stronger than the logic of its reality; appearance hence becomes reality.
Macbeth & Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
**"If you shall cleave to my consent, when 'tis,/It shall make honor for you" (2.1.34-5).
Predominant Characteristics:
Lady Macbeth is an unrepentant, manipulative, authoritative figure throughout the play.
Predominant Characteristics:
Macbeth is a moral and paranoid character. The trait of morality is shown through his feelings of guilt, and fear.
The feeling of guilt leads to poor judgement and the inability to function like a normal human being.
Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand?
Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight?

Or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
Thou marshall’st me the way that I was going
And such an instrument I was to use.
Mine eyes are made the fools o' th' other senses
Or else worth all the rest. I see thee still,
And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of
Which was not so before. There’s no such thing.
It is the
business which informs
Thus to mine eyes. Now o'er the one half-world
Nature seems dead, and
wicked dreams abuse
The curtained sleep
. Witchcraft celebrates
Pale Hecate’s offerings
, and withered murder,
Alarumed by his sentinel, the wolf,
Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,
Tarquin’s ravishing strides
, towards his design
Moves like a ghost
. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
Thy very stones prate of my whereabout,
And take the present horror from the time,
Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives.
Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.
A bell rings
I go, and it is done. The bell invites me.
Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell.

Literary Devices
Blood Symbolism
line 47, line 49
Importance: contributes to the idea of uncleanliness due to the murder
: line 53
Importance: emphasizes how he distrusts his senses and questions if he sees the dagger
Symbolizes guilt and permanent uncleanliness
Rhetorical Question
lines 48-51
Importance: Conveys his doubt in what he is seeing, his uncertainty in carrying out the murder
1. Evidence of tone presented by Macbeth:
lines 33-43, lines 56-57
Rhyming Couplet
: 76-77
Importance: shows confidence

Symbolize the crime committed by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
: line 69
Importance: he is so anxious about the murder he wants to move as quietly as a ghost to not break the silence for what he is about to do (similarly to the creeping around as Tarquin
lines 54, 56, 62-63
Importance: The dagger is leading him to the murder, his eyes are deceptive, and dreams are wicked and misleading
: line 64, 67
Importance: The witches pray to the Greek Goddess of witchcraft, Hecate
MacBeth relates his sneaking around at night to Tarquin, a Roman prince who snuck into a Roman wife's bedroom and raped her
Work Cited
Ancona, Francesco Aristide, and Mary Ives Thompson. "He says/she says: Shakespeare's Macbeth (a gender/personality study)." Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 27.3-4 (2005): 59+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

"Macbeth" | Characters: Overview & Analysis | 60second Recap®. Prod. Jenny Sawyer. Perf. Jenny Sawyer. 60 Second Recap. Jenny Sawyer, 17 May 2013. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Murphy, Arthur. "in an extract from Shakespeare." the Critical Heritage: 1753-1765. Ed. Brian Vickers. Vol. 4. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1976. 156-158. Rpt. in Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Laurie Lanzen Harris and Mark W. Scott. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale Research, 1986. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine. The Tragedy of Macbeth. New York: Washington Square, 2002. Print.

"Is this a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch / thee" (2.1.44-46).
"Had he not resembled / My father as he slept, I had done 't" (2.2.16-17).
"Those of his chamber, as it seemed, had done 't. / Their hands and faces were all badged with blood... No man's life was to be trusted with them" (2.3.119-120, 123).
"To show an unfelt sorrow is an office / Which the false man does easy... There's daggers in men's smiles" (2.3.161-2, 165).
'Methought I heard a voice cry "Sleep no more! / Macbeth does murder sleep"--the innocent sleep' (2.2.47-48).
"Whence is that / knocking? / How is 't with me when every noise appalls me?" (2.2.75-76).
"Had I died an hour before this chance, / I had lived a blessèd time; for from this instant / There's nothing serious in mortality" (2.3.107-109).
"O, yet I do repent me of my fury, / That I did kill them" (2.3.124-125)
His ambition manifests itself in the dagger which then leads him to commit the act
Lady Macbeth tries to keep her husband from thinking about the murder, or he, too, will be unable to act properly
"I see thee still, and, on thy blade and dungeon, gouts of blood, which was not so before" (2.1.57-60).
"Go get some water and wash this filthy witness form your hand" (2.2.60-61).
"Go, carry them and smear the sleepy grooms with blood" (2.2.63-64).
"If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal, for it must seem their guilt" (2.2.71-73).
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" (2.2.78-81).
"The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood is stopped; the very source of it is stopped" (2.3.115-116).
"Those of his chamber, as it seemed, had done't. Their hands and faces were all badged with blood" (2.3.119-120).
"Here lay Duncan, his silver skin laced with his golden blood" (2.3.130-131).
"There the murderers, steeped in the colors of their trade, their daggers unmannerly breeched with gore" (2.3.133-135).
"The near in blood, the nearer bloody" (2.3.165-166).
"Ha, good father, thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man's acts, threatens his bloody stage" (2.4.6-8).
"Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?" (2.1.44-45).
"One cried 'God bless us' and 'Amen' the other, as they had seen me with these hangman's hands" (2.2. 37-38).
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red" (2.2.78-81).
"My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white" (2.2.82-83).
"Those of his chamber, as it seemed, had done't. Their hands and faces were all badged with blood" (2.3.119-120).
"I see thee still,/And, on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood,/Which was not so before. There's no such thing./It is the bloody business which informs/Thus to mine eyes" (2.1.57-61).
**Macbeth seems to be manipulative here, telling Banquo to support him and he will be rewarded.
Macbeth is indecisive on whether or not to kill Duncan, fearful of the guilt that will follow because of his morality.
"I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?" (2.2.19).
"One cried 'God bless us' and 'Amen' the other,/As they had seen me with these hangman's hands,/List'ning their fear. I could not say 'Amen'/When they did say 'God bless us.'" (2.2.37-40).
"I'll go no more./I am afraid to think what I have done./Look on't again I dare not" (2.2.65-7).
"Whence is that/knocking?/How is't with me when every noise appalls me?" (2.2.74-6).
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood/Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather/The multitudinous seas incarnadine,/Making the green one red" (2.2.78-81).
"Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I would though/couldst" (2.2.94-5).
Macbeth's morality shows here, again through the guilt and remorse that he is feeling from the murder of Duncan.
Macbeth being anxious and hearing noises after he murdered Duncan portrays his paranoia.
"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" (2.3.107-9).
"The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood/Is stopped; the very source of it is stopped" (2.3.115).
Macbeth changes in scene 3 to being quite over dramatic with things related to the murder of Duncan. In doing this, Macbeth is trying to shadow his guilt by having too much emotion towards Duncan's death.
"What's the business,/That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley/The sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!" (2.3.93-5).
"Help me hence, ho!" (2.3.138).
Lady Macbeth is exhibiting her quality of manipulation, pretending not to know about the murder of Duncan.
Again, Lady Macbeth is displaying her manipulative trait by distracting everyone from Macbeth's over dramatic episodes and pretending to faint.
"A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight" (2.2.29).
"Consider it not so deeply" (2.2.41).
"These deeds must not be thought/After these ways; so, it will make us mad" (2.2.45-6).
"Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,/You do unbend your noble strength to think/So brainsickly of things" (2.2.58-60).
"Go get some water/And wash this filthy witness from your hand. -/Why did you bring these daggers from the place?" (2.2.60-2).
Lady Macbeth's trait of authority is displayed here through her condescending nature towards Macbeth. Also, her unrepentant quality shows when she tells Macbeth to not really take the crime to heart.
"'Tis the eye of childhood/That fears a painted devil" (2.2.70-1).
"My hands are of your color, but I shame/To wear a heart so white" (2.2.82-3).
"I hear a knocking/At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber" (2.2.84-5).
"Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us/And show us to be watchers" (2.2.90-1).
"Be not lost/So poorly in your thoughts" (2.2.91-2).
Lady Macbeth's trait of paranoia is displayed here while she thinks that someone will catch them in the murder.
The authoritative quality of Lady Macbeth is portrayed when she speaks condescendingly towards Macbeth about his feelings of guilt and remorse towards the murder. Also, her unrepentant-ness is shown because of this condescension towards those feelings of guilt. This shows that she has no such feelings.
Again, Lady Macbeth is condescending towards Macbeth and treats him as a child, saying it directly as well as ordering him around, which also displays her trait of authority.
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