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1 Unit 4 Oral Reading Using the text Macbeth ACT II

2 Watch Act II scene i This scene opens with a discussion between Banquo and his son, Fleance, who is holding watch duty. Macbeth enters and Banquo says that King Duncan has been very pleased with his stay at the Macbeth s. He has even given Lady Macbeth a large diamond as a thank you for all her troubles as hostess. Banquo then tells Macbeth that he dreamt about the witches. Macbeth says that he hasn t thought any more about them but he would be willing to talk to Banquo about them sometime. Act II sc I text Audio

3 The Dagger Scene Act II scene i Macbeth tells the servant to have Lady Macbeth ring the bell when his bedtime drink is ready. We know that this is really a signal that all is ready for their plan to be put into action. Once the servant leaves Macbeth sees a dagger floating in mid air and this begins his soliloquy. He is not sure if the dagger is real or a hallucination caused by the stress of thinking about killing Duncan.

4 Waiting for the Bell Act II scene i The handle of the dagger then becomes covered in blood and the dagger points in the direction of Duncan s room. Macbeth takes this as a sign that he should follow through with the plan. Macbeth is very nervous and worried about what he is to do and is afraid he might be caught before the deed is done. He finally realizes that while he is talking about his indecision, Duncan lives, so he better do something other than just talk. Macbeth hears the bell ring and leaves to take action.

5 To See or Not to See Act II scene i Q: In some movie versions of Macbeth the audience sees the floating dagger. In other versions, the audience sees nothing and only hears Macbeth s soliloquy. With what you know about Macbeth and the dilemma that he is facing, do you think the dagger should be seen by the audience or not? Give reasons to support your answer.

6 The Deed is Done Act II scene ii This scene begins with Lady Macbeth s soliloquy as she waits for Macbeth to return from killing Duncan. She is somewhat nervous too as when she hears an owl shriek, she is worried that it might be Duncan awaking before the deed has been committed. She even says that if Duncan had not looked like her own father, she would have been able to carry out the murder herself. Act II scene ii text Audio

7 Blood on His Hands Act II scene ii When Macbeth returns from killing Duncan he is shaken by the blood on his hands. Macbeth says that during the murder, Donalbain and Malcolm, who were sleeping in the next chamber, woke up and talked to each other but then went back to sleep. He feels guilty that he couldn t say amen as they blessed each other to go back to sleep. Lady Macbeth tells him not to worry about it or it will drive them crazy.

8 Planting the Evidence Act II scene ii Because he was so shaken by the murder, Macbeth has accidentally brought the murder weapons with him back to his own room. Lady Macbeth tells him he must go back and leave them at the crime scene but he says he can not go back and look at what he has done. She then takes the daggers and places them with the drunken guards and smears some of Duncan s blood on the guards to make them look like they committed the murder.

9 Knock Knock Act II scene ii Just as the Macbeth s are finishing up with the crime scene there is a knock at the castle door. Lady Macbeth returns from Duncan s room and her hands are now covered in blood as well except she says that she is not as much of a chicken about it as Macbeth. She says a little water will clear them of the deed. They wash up and put on their pajamas so it looks like they were sleeping. Macbeth then goes to answer the door and says that he wishes the knocking could wake up Duncan.

10 Comic Relief Act II scene iii As outlined in your notes about the elements of a Shakespearean tragedy, this play contains comic relief. The comic relief is used to help lighten the mood and is usually placed between two horrible events. In this case it occurs between the murder and the discovery of the murder. This helps give the audience a break from the intensity. Today s movies often use the same technique when they put a joke in between two tense scenes such as in an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Act II scene iii text Audio

11 Light but not Funny Act II scene iii Most students in today s world, would not consider the comic relief in Shakespeare s plays to be funny. It is usually more a banter of riddles or confusing circumstances such as a mistaken identity. It is intended to lighten the mood rather than make us actually laugh out loud.

12 The Porter Act II scene iii This scene begins with the porter (the servant responsible for answering the door) going to let in whoever is knocking. He is slow in getting to the door and as he moves along he imagines that he is the porter in hell and has dialogue about all the people that he might be letting in to hell. When he gets to the door he is met by Macduff another of the king s nobles. When asked why it took so long to answer the door, the porter says that they were up late partying and explains the side effects of drinking.

13 The Discovery Act II scene iii Macbeth enters and Macduff tells him that Duncan had requested Macduff come to the castle to pick him up. When he learns that Duncan is not up yet, he goes to his room to wake him. Lennox then tells Macbeth that during the night where they had been strange and frightful things had happened.

14 Fleeing the Scene Act II scene iii When Macduff discovers that Duncan has been murdered he wakes everyone in the castle. Macbeth murders the guards and says that he did so because he was so angry at seeing what they had done. Lady Macbeth then passes out, apparently from hearing of the murder. Donalbain and Malcolm realize that they are not safe and decide to flee the country and go to separate places. Q: Why would it be a good idea for Duncan s two sons to go to different countries? Q: How does their fleeing the country help Macbeth? (Give two reasons)

15 He gets the Crown Act II scene iv Act II scene iv Audio This scene opens with Ross and an old man discussing how unruly the night had been. They say that even the animals behaved in very strange and unnaturally, violent ways. Macduff enters and says that it appears that the guards were to blame for Duncan s murder and states that Donalbain and Malcolm have fled. He also says that Macbeth will be crowned king. Q: Besides the fact that Macbeth will now be king, why is his being crowned important to the story?

16 Summarizing Act 2 Assignment Make sure that you have completed the questions for Act 2 and submit them to the drop box. Complete the Act 2 graphic organizer and submit it to the drop box. Begin Act 3

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