This is an analysis of Shakespeare’s Macbeth specifically in Act 2 Scenes 1, 2, 3

Act 3 Scene 1

1. How does Banquo view the fulfillment of the witches’ prophecies about Macbeth? What reasons may he have for not acting upon his suspicions of Macbeth? What does this reveal about his character? Find quotations to support your answers.

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and 4; Act 3 Scenes 1 to 6; and Act 4 Scene 1,2, and 3. 

 The questions are as follows:

Act 2 Scene 1

1. What evidence is there that Banquo is uneasy about recent events?

2. How does Macbeth respond to these “fears”?

3. Macbeth’s “dagger” soliloquy does not contribute anything to the action of the play. Why does Shakespeare include it? What does it add to the play

Act 2 Scene 2

1. Why can’t Macbeth say “Amen”? What does his inability to pray to suggest?

2.Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth refer to the blood on their hands. Compare what they say regarding it.

3. What is Macbeth’s mental state by the end of the scene?

Act 2 Scene 3

1. Summarize what Porter says about “drink” (drinking).

2. Why would Shakespeare include Porter’s speech?

3. Why does Shakespeare have the characters comment on the “unruly” night?

4. Why did Macbeth kill Duncan’s groom?

5. Why do you think Malcolm and Donalbain fled? Do you think they heard the murder of their father? Why or why not?

Act 2 Scene 4

1. What has been happening since the death of Duncan? Why does Shakespeare include this?

Act 3 Scene 1

1. How does Banquo view the fulfillment of the witches’ prophecies about Macbeth? What reasons may he have for not acting upon his suspicions of Macbeth? What does this reveal about his character? Find quotations to support your answers.

2. What 3 casual questions does Macbeth ask Banquo? Why?

3. Macbeth showed great hesitation in the murder of Duncan. Why does he not hesitate in undertaking the murder of Banquo?

4. Explain clearly why Macbeth is not happy although he has fulfilled his ambition.

5. How does Macbeth persuade the murderers to undertake the killing of Banquo?

Act 3 Scene 2

1. What does Lady Macbeth reveal to the audience in her soliloquy?

2. Macbeth speaks of “these terrible dreams”. What are the dreams referred to earlier in the play? What is the significance of dreams?

3. What is revealed in his scene about the relationship between Macbeth and his wife?

Act 3 Scene 3

1. There is a mystery in this scene. Who is the third murderer?

2. In speaking of the escape of Fleance, the second murderer says, “We have lost the best half of our affair.” Explain what he means.

3. In what sense and for what reasons can we designate this scene as the turning point of the play?

Act 3 Scene 4

1. What is wrong with Macbeth in this scene? To what does Lady Macbeth attribute his outbursts?  Why does she have to take charge of things?

2. How do we see the theme of “a tooth for a tooth” expressed in this scene and what does it explain about the past arrangement?

3. Describe the relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this scene, the last in which we see them together.

4. Estimate the effect of Macbeth’s behaviour on the assembled  Lords?

5. What is the dramatic significance of Macbeth’s decision to consult the witches?

Act 3 Scene 5

1. Why is Hecate angry with the three witches?

2. How does this scene arouse suspense concerning the coming meeting between Macbeth and the witches?

Act 3 Scene 6

1. This scene primarily provides information about the passage of time and the actions of some of the characters. What do we learn of:

2. the action of Macduff 

3. the further action of Macbeth

4. What do you think are the dramatic purposes of this scene?

Act 4 Scene1

1. What animal parts are chosen for the cauldron and why?

2. What is the atmosphere in this scene? Give examples to show how the atmosphere is created?

3. What do the apparitions of “an Armed Head,” “a Bloody Child,” and “a Child Crowned” mean and foreshadow?

4. What is the meaning of the eight kings holding a glass?

5. By what means do they inspire in Macbeth a false confidence and lure him on to further evil?

6. What part of the prophecy pleases Macbeth? Why? What part disturbs him? Why?

1. What is the picture of Scotland conveyed in this scene?

2. What is the dramatic purpose of Macduff’s little boy bantering with his mother?

3. How does this scene turn the audience to totally desire nemesis (divine retribution) on Macbeth?

Scene iii

1. Why should Malcolm doubt Macduff’s sincerity? Describe how he puts Macduff’s sincerity to the test?

Scene iii

1. Why should Malcolm doubt Macduff’s sincerity? Describe how he puts Macduff’s sincerity to the test?

2. What is the news from Scotland? And, in what way does Macduff take comfort?

3. What evidence is there that Malcolm will make a worthy king?

4. How does Shakespeare, at the end of this scene, enlarge the upcoming battle to the supernatural plane?

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