Act 2 Seminar Script
Group Members: Sophy, Alex, Colette, Jacqlene, Mathew, Kurt
Act 2 Scene 1
Narrator: In this scene, we are introduced to Macbeth's descent into madness. Macbeth sees a floating dagger and talks to it, however, he does realize that it isn't real, illustrating that he isn't completely insane. He perceives the dagger as a sign that he must kill Duncan.
Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee:
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art though not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going;
And such an instrument I was to use.
And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood,
Which was not so before.
Pale Hecate's off'rings, and wither'd murder,
Alarum'd by his sentinel, the wolf,
Whose howl's his watch.
Whiles I threat, he lives;
Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.
Act 2 Scene 2
Lady Macbeth (L.M.): Sophy
Narrator: In this next scene, Macbeth has already killed Duncan and he begins to hear voices. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth not to think too much of what they've done or it will make them mad. It signifies Macbeth's guilt and also Lady Macbeth's fiend-like personality.
These deeds must not be thought
After these ways; so, it will make us mad.
Methought I heard a voice cry, 'Sleep no more:
Macbeth does murder sleep'.
Why, worthy thane,
You do unbend your noble strength to think...