The snake is apparently a metaphor for righteousness which has been scorched during the killing of Duncan but is now healing and so his evilness is losing its influence. The pun on "gild" and "guilt" was doubtless plainer to Shakespeare's hearers than to us.
He knows that when he has this conversation with Banquo he will be king, and speaks as if he were already crowned. He is capable of controlling his thoughts and checking his ambitions unlike Macbeth which sets the two apart.
The success of their plot is also in jeopardy because Macbeth has brought the daggers with him. Active Themes As they wait for Macduff to return, Lennox describes the terrible storm that raged the previous night and sounded like "strange screams of death" 2.
One can only wonder if a few more moments of deliberation would have changed Macbeth's mind. Her swift changes of thought and speech foreshadow the language of her final lapse into madness in the sleepwalking scene Act V, Scene 1when she relives these same moments.
As he says in line , he heard a noise, and he probably thought for a moment that some one had surprised him. He envies Duncan who he says is sleeping peacefully in his grave and nothing can possibly harm him.
Fear of failure has been replaced with fear of discovery, and even though she describes herself as drunk with boldness and on fire with passion, she is just as easily alarmed as her husband is by the tiniest noises and movements.
Dark is the time of evil so evil deeds are done in the dark throughout this play.
On his way he hands over to Fleance his sword line 4 and perhaps his dagger line 5which he will not need to have by his bedside in a friendly house. Malcolm to England and Donalbain to Ireland. Here we can see over-ambition or unchecked ambition because his desires always exceed the achievements and hence are unattainable.
In the third scene, the sun is setting and it is getting dark. This is the first note of genuine remorse that has appeared in Macbeth's speeches in this scene. Macbeth's line "Thou marvell'st at my words" suggests, like a stage direction, some moving response in her.
Lady Macbeth must have unlocked the doors into Duncan's room. Lennox tells them that Duncan was murdered by his drunken attendants. Now he sits alone, waiting for the bell which will summon him to murder Duncan, pondering his decision one final time.
Lady Macbeth is receding into the background as Macbeth is beginning to take front stage by acting of his own initiative without consulting his Lady. At this point, the knocking begins.
Then he plunges into a gloomy reverie, illumined by lightning flashes of poetic imagination. Shakespeare always pronounces her name as two syllables.
This knocking is explained by the dialogue of the next scene. In this scene, it seems like Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have switched roles.
In the next scene, we see a despairing Lady Macbeth which is in stark contrast to her character portrayed in the previous acts. Symbolically, the knocking is the knocking of justice, or of vengeance.
Banquo and Fleance head off to bed. This reference to her father is one of the few traces of womanly feeling that Lady Macbeth shows.
Meanwhile his wife, once so calm and collected, is losing that composure. And one could argue that the witches and Lady Macbeth are responsible for putting him in this fix. Retrieved October 4, Lady Macbeth faints to head off further questioning.
Since I was taken by surprise, my desire, to entertain fhe king fittingly, was impeded by unavoidable deficiencies; otherwise, it would have displayed itself at full, liberally. Offstage, Lady Macbeth rings the bell to signal that Duncan's attendants are asleep. ACT II SCENE I.
Court of Macbeth's castle. Enter BANQUO, and FLEANCE bearing a torch before him BANQUO How goes the night, boy? FLEANCE SCENE II. The palace. Enter LADY MACBETH and a Servant LADY MACBETH Is Banquo gone from court? Servant Ay, madam, but returns again to-night. ENGLISH COMMENTARY-MACBETH; ACT II, SCENE I Act II, scene 1 takes place in Macbeth’s castle- Castle of Inverness- when Banquo and Fleance encounter Macbeth on their way to bed, who is preparing himself for his grim task.
Act 2, scene 2 Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Macbeth, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Get free homework help on William Shakespeare's Macbeth: play summary, scene summary and analysis and original text, quotes, essays, character analysis, and filmography courtesy of CliffsNotes.
In Macbeth, William Shakespeare's tragedy about power, ambition, deceit, and murder, the Three Witches foretell Macbeth's rise to King of Scotland but also prophesy that future kings will descend from.
This is a collaborative commentary project by the students of Mr. Clinton's period 4 English 10 class. Act I, scene 2 (Maya) - Macbeth Hypertext Commentary (Period 4) Macbeth Hypertext Commentary (Period 4). Macbeth Commentary provides a comprehensive description of each act with explanations and translations for all major quotes.Macbeth commentary act ii scene i