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The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Macbeth and Banquo lead the Kings army to a victory over two enemies So far, in Act I... The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II.

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3 Macbeth and Banquo lead the Kings army to a victory over two enemies So far, in Act I... The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Reviewing Act I three witches predict that Macbeth will become King of Scotland and that Banquos descendants will be kings a pleased King Duncan makes Macbeth Thane of Cawdor

4 Duncan names his son Malcolm the new prince of Cumberland, causing Macbeth to contemplate killing Duncan The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Reviewing Act I Lady Macbeth learns of the witches predictions, and she takes them very seriously; she even considers killing Duncan herself So far, in Act I...

5 King Duncan arrives as a guest at Macbeths castle The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Reviewing Act I Macbeth wrestles with his conscience and decides not to kill Duncan Lady Macbeth belittles her husband and threatens to withdraw her love; Macbeth decides the deed shall be done after all So far, in Act I...

6 The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Introducing Act II Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Click to hear part of Macbeths famous soliloquy.

7 By the beginning of Act II, Macbeths conversion to evil is complete. He follows an imaginary dagger to King Duncans bedchamber. Most tragedies include bloodshed and murder, and Macbeth is no exception. The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Introducing Act II What about the kings guards? They are no problem: Lady Macbeth has drugged them. Act II Audio

8 Macbeth Act V Quick Review

9 In the middle of the night, Macbeth nervously waits for the signal to perform the deed. A little while later, Lady Macbeth wonders if all has gone as planned, reacting to every sound. Macbeth joins her when he has killed the King, but she has to return the dagger used in the murder, as he refused to return to the scene.

10 Macduff, another nobleman, arrives at the castle, and soon discovers the murdered King. In his panic, Macbeth kills Duncans attendants and claims that he believed them to be responsible for the Kings murder. However, Malcolm and Donaldbain, the Kings sons, are suspicious, and leave secretly.


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