scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 498
This act commences with the murder of King Duncan It is in this act that the reader is first convinced of Macbeths weakness as contrasted by Lady Macbeths strength Whereas Macbeth feels remorse for his actions and wishes that his king could once more wake Lady Macbeth contemplates on how to place the guilt on someone else The scenes portray the true feelings and intentions of the characters As a character Banquo is a potential ally and enemy to Macbeths scheming because of his knowledge of the witches prophecy Macbeth appears to be suspicious of Banquos intentions and attempts to mask his desire to discuss the prophecies with the witches This suggests that Macbeth is conspiring to take further action to ensure that the throne will remain in his bloodline This violence will most likely be directed towards Fleance Banquos son whom the witches predicted would sit on the throne of Scotland This second act is particularly focused on Duncans murder The incident itself is unseen by the audience as Shakespeare chooses to display the scenes leading up to the murder and those after the murder has taken place The characters are all seen entering Duncans bedroom and emerging effectively changed This technique of not allowing the audience to witness the horrific murders can be seen throughout the entire play Lady Macbeths reaction to the deceased Duncan is particularly remarkable She claims that she would have murdered him herself if he had only not resembled her father sleeping Her comparison of Duncan to her father suggests that in spite of her desire for power and her harsh reprimand of Macbeth she views her king as an authority figure to whom she must show loyalty Just as the murder scene is omitted from the play the most direct consequence of this deed Macbeths election as king is also left out The news of Macbeths kingship is conveyed through the characters of Macduff
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA