Can the choices Macbeth makes in Act II of Macbeth be seen as a reflection of the choices we make in our own lives today?
In Act II, what is Macbeth's reaction to the news of Banquo's murder?
Act II continues Macbeth's story as he is haunted by guilt and delusions of his own guilt. Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches who prophesy Macbeth's future. Macbeth begins to plan the murder of King Duncan, his ruler and cousin.
Macbeth Act II
Tragic Flaw: A character trait that leads to the downfall of the protagonist. In Macbeth, Macbeth's tragic flaw is his ambition and his susceptibility to temptation. Monologue: A speech in which a character speaks alone on stage. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth's monologue in Act II is a key moment in which she reveals her ruthless ambition and manipulation of Macbeth. Soliloquy: A speech in which a character speaks alone on stage, usually to reveal his or her innermost thoughts. In Macbeth, Macbeth's soliloquy in Act II reveals his inner conflict between ambition and guilt.
The original Macbeth play was only 4,400 lines long. Act II is the longest act with 1,220 lines. In Act II, Macbeth visits a trio of witches known as the 'Weird Sisters'. While it is not known for certain, it is speculated that these witches were based on the Greek Fates. The original Macbeth play was written in 1606, but the first recorded performance of it was in 1611 at the Globe Theatre in London.
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What are some of the themes explored in Act II of Macbeth?
What is the importance of Macbeth's soliloquy in Act II?
What part of Macbeth's character is highlighted in Act II?
What connections can be drawn between the events of Act II and the themes explored in Macbeth?
Brain break: Draw a rainbow-colored cupcake with wings flying in the sky
Question: In Act II of Macbeth, why does Macbeth fear Banquo's children? Clues: • Look at the conversation between Macbeth and the witches in Scene 1 • Consider the prophecy the witches make to Macbeth in Scene 4 • Think about the vision that Macbeth sees in Scene 4 In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Discuss how Macbeth's fears are related to the prophecy and the vision B. Create a comic strip showing the conversation between Macbeth and the witches
What is the name of the character who is visited by the witches in Act II of Macbeth?
- King Duncan
- Lady Macbeth
What does Macbeth not want Banquo to know about his visit from the witches?
- That Macbeth will be king
- That he will be rewarded for his loyalty
- That he will become Thane of Cawdor
- That he will be punished for his ambition
What do the witches prophesy to Macbeth?
- He will be Thane of Cawdor
- He will become king
- His enemies will be defeated
- He will outlive his wife
What is the name of the character who is killed in Act II of Macbeth?
- King Duncan
- Lady Macbeth
What does Lady Macbeth say about her husband after she reads his letter in Act II?
- He is too full of the milk of human kindness
- He is too full of ambition
- He is too cowardly to take action
- He is too trusting of the witches
Work together in pairs: What is the significance of Lady Macbeth's soliloquy in Act II?