2The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Reviewing Act I So far, in Act I . . .Macbeth and Banquo lead the King’s army to a victory over two enemiesa pleased King Duncan makes Macbeth Thane of Cawdorthree witches predict that Macbeth will become King of Scotland and that Banquo’s descendants will be kings
3The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Reviewing Act I So far, in Act I . . .Duncan names his son Malcolm the new prince of Cumberland, causing Macbeth to contemplate killing DuncanLady Macbeth learns of the witches’ predictions, and she takes them very seriously; she even considers killing Duncan herself
4The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Reviewing Act I So far, in Act I . . .King Duncan arrives as a guest at Macbeth’s castleMacbeth wrestles with his conscience and decides not to kill DuncanLady Macbeth belittles her husband and threatens to withdraw her love; Macbeth decides the deed shall be done after all
5The 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 Macbeth’s famous soliloquy.
6The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II Introducing Act II Most tragedies include bloodshed and murder, and Macbeth is no exception.By the beginning of Act II, Macbeth’s conversion to evil is complete. He follows an imaginary dagger to King Duncan’s bedchamber.What about the king’s guards? They are no problem: Lady Macbeth has drugged them.Act II Audio
8In 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.
9Macduff, another nobleman, arrives at the castle, and soon discovers the murdered King. In his panic, Macbeth kills Duncan’s attendants and claims that he believed them to be responsible for the King’s murder.However, Malcolm and Donaldbain, the King’s sons, are suspicious, and leave secretly.