Macbeth Act II Questions.docx - Act II scene i 1 Identify the phrases that suggest the darkness of the night 2 What is bothering Banquo in his opening

Macbeth Act II Questions.docx - Act II scene i 1 Identify...

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Act II scene i 1. Identify the phrases that suggest the darkness of the night. 2. What is bothering Banquo in his opening speech? 3. Re-read Macbeth’s first three-line speech. What lesson does Macbeth seem to have learned? 4. Why is Banquo so careful in his reply to Macbeth’s, “It shall make honour for you”? 5. In this scene Macbeth delivers a great speech. Identify his expressions of fear and determination. What images are suggestive of the murder and horror of the deed? What feelings might be created in the audience during this soliloquy? Detail the similarities to Lady Macbeth’s earlier speech. Act II scene ii 1. What details create unbearable tension at the opening of the scene? 2. What indications are there in Lady Macbeth’s opening comments that she is not in fact as strong as she would like to be? 3. What line shows that Macbeth is fearful? Conscience stricken? 4. What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction to her husband’s weakness? 5. What effect is achieved with the pounding at the gate?

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