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The second act begins with an unpleasant atmosphere at night when the moon is down and the sky is starless As weve come to know night is the hour of the evil So the atmosphere at the very beginning is the foreboding of the events to unfold In the first scene Banquo and Fleance are talking casually on the courtyard of Macbeths castle a little before midnight Although Banquo is heavy with sleep he doesnt want to go to bed in fear of the thoughts that come to him while asleep The witches prophecies taunt him and he seems to be full of doubt and fear His doubt and fear is obvious when he immediately asks for his sword hearing someone approaching But it turns out to be Macbeth It is also ironical because Macbeth later on does become a cause of fear to him Banquo reveals to Macbeth that he had a dream last night of the weird sisters but Macbeth pretends to not have been thinking about them He tells Banquo that they can talk about it later and here Banquo makes it clear to him that no matter what he is going to stick to his loyalty and honor We can see a clear contrast in the characters of Macbeth and Banquo While Macbeth is ready to relinquish his honor for his ambition for the crown Banquo is loyal to the king and a true noble man who will always put his honor before his ambitions Macbeth is all set to murder Duncan and is awaiting the signal from his wife Here Macbeth hallucinates He sees a dagger which looks real and touchable yet is unreal It beckons him towards Duncans chamber And before his very eyes blood appears on the dagger which is disturbing This could be a psychological occurrence arising from Macbeths nervousness his anxiety his excitement and his fear or simply another instance of the supernatural that surrounds this
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