Act 2 Questions
1. Banquo is worried about the witch’s prophecy because he realises that the first half of it has already come true, Macbeth has been appointed Thane of Cawdor. He fears that someone will kill Duncan so that Macbeth can fulfil his prophecy of becoming King. Macbeth however reassures Banquo that he doesn’t think of them and what they foretold.
2. When Macbeth hallucinates about the dagger he believes that it is real because he sees large drops of blood dripping from it. Macbeths’ ”fatal vision” implies that he is starting to go crazy, and is already having torments about Duncan’s death.
3. Lady Macbeth is unable to kill Duncan and she would if she could however when he slept he resembled her father. This was the reason Lady Macbeth gave for not killing the King.
4. When Macbeth returned from Duncan’s chamber after killing him he was very skittish, he jumped at every un- none sound and could not get the image of Duncan’s dead body out of his mind and his blood off of his hands. He began to think irrationally and say that he was a murderer of sleep and that he would never be able to sleep again because of this. He also begins to think that he will never have the ability to say the word amen again, which makes him feel very uneasy.
5. Donaldbain was sleeping in the second chamber next to the King. Shakespeare included this because Macbeth was nervous that someone had heard him kill Macbeth however knowing that Donaldbain was in the room next to his gave him comfort.
6. Macbeth is unable to go back to Duncan’s chamber with the bloody daggers because he fears seeing what he has done to Duncan. He does not want to see his dead body again and the blood surrounding him. Instead he just wants to forget all about the deed he has just committed.