Saturday, 20 October 2012

act 2 scene 2

That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold;
What hath quench'd them hath given me fire.
Hark! Peace!
It was the owl that shriek'd, the fatal bellman,
Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it:
The doors are open; and the surfeited grooms
Do mock their charge with snores: I have drugg'd
Their possets,
That death and nature do contend about them,
Whether they live or die.

What are Lady Macbeth’s fears?
In this speech of Lady Macbeth, she talks about how she had drugged the drinks she had gave to the guards men. She says that her doings had given her a fiery excitement. I know this because of the line "that which hath made them drunk hath made me bold; what hath quench'd them hath given me fire.
But Lady Macbeth doing this makes her very jumpy about getting caught; she hears an owl and shrieks. I know this because of the line "hark peace! Is was the owl that shriek’s, the fatal bellman"
Lady Macbeth says "which gives the stern'st good-night. He is about it: the doors are open; and the surfeited grooms do mock their charge with snores: I have drugged their possets". Here she shows that because the doors are open, anyone could come in and overhear or she could be saying that anyone could just come in and do anything. Lady Macbeth says that she has put alcohol into their drinks by saying "I have drugged their possets".
"That death and nature do contend about them, whether they live or die." here she says that she actually doesn’t care if they die after the 'drugs', it is all unto death and nature to keeping them dead or alive.

 What has she done?
In this scene, Lady Macbeth has drugged their drinks; I know this because of the line "I have drugg'd their possets" she is helping Macbeth to find it with ease upon killing Duncan and to blame it on the guards from being drunk.

 Why couldn’t she kill Duncan herself?
lady Macbeth would not be able to kill the king because she says that she does not have the guts in killing it and that she is not manly enough to kill the king, she is very afraid because they may awake; she will fail in attempting; going for the kill but then backing away.

Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,
And 'tis not done. The attempt and not the deed
Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready;
He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled
My father as he slept, I had done't.

Describe how the characters behave towards each other below.
in this scene, lady Macbeth and Macbeth seem to behave to each other in a distant married but also stupid way, Macbeth seems to not understand what lady Macbeth means by saying "did not you speak" Macbeth replies "when?" but clearly it is while he is doing the murder
My husband!
I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?
I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
Did not you speak?
As I descended?

What does this section show us about the attitudes to the murder of Lady Macbeth and
her husband?
this section of the scene shows that Macbeth feels guilty because of the blood on his hands, he says "this is a sorry sight" while he looks at his hands, lady Macbeth replies "a foolish thought to say a sorry sight" shows that lady Macbeth does not feel any guilt from this murder most likely because she did not do it.
This is a sorry sight.
Looking on his hands
A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.

How does the bit below show Macbeth’s guilt?
this bit of the play shows that Macbeth is guilty because he can hears things in his head, he thinks is coming from Duncan and his sleep talking, because he thinks that Duncan is thinking about the murder and people saying their prayers but it is all in their head.
There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried
That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them:
But they did say their prayers, and address'd them

Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2 Analysis (p1/3)

Again to sleep.
There are two lodged together.
One cried 'God bless us!' and 'Amen' the other;
As they had seen me with these hangman's hands.
Listening their fear, I could not say 'Amen,'
When they did say 'God bless us!'

1 Why is saying ‘Amen’ important to Macbeth? (Above and below)
I think Macbeth could not say amen because he was murdering the king to where these people were doing the prayer for him.

2 What does the first line from Lady Macbeth (below) show about her?
 The first line shows that lady Macbeth may not even be that religious by saying "consider it not so deeply", it shows that she actually doesn’t care about religion.

Consider it not so deeply.
But wherefore could not I pronounce 'Amen'?
I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen'
Stuck in my throat.
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', the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast,--
What do you mean?
Still it cried 'Sleep no more!' to all the house:
'Glamis hath murder'd sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.'

Is what Macbeth is saying real or is it all in his head? Back up your thoughts
with quotations and reasons.
I think what Macbeth is saying is all in his head, I don’t think that the people in the next room could hear anything and he actually didn’t hear their prayers, I also doubt that Macbeth was seen by the people partly because I have already seen and completed this at Hellesdon high school, I know this because of "
One cried 'God bless us!' and 'Amen' the other;
As they had seen me with these hangman's hands.
Listening their fear, I could not say 'Amen,'
When they did say 'God bless us!'"
Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,
You do unbend your noble strength, to think
So brainsickly of things. Go get some water,
And wash this filthy witness from your hand.

What has Lady Macbeth just seen (below) and how does she react?
Lady Macbeth has just seen Macbeth carrying the weapons used to kill Duncan, lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to go back and leave the daggers there, but smearing some of the blood on the guards to make it look like they were the murderers

What is Macbeth’s reaction? Is it justified?
Macbeth feels very guilty and dishonoured towards killing his sovereign
Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
They must lie there: go carry them; and smear
The sleepy grooms with blood.
I'll go no more:
I am afraid to think what I have done;
Look on't again I dare not.

How does Lady Macbeth respond to him in the following speech?
Lady Macbeth is angry because of Macbeth bringing the daggers back. She asks Macbeth to give her the daggers so she can out the evidence back.
Infirm of purpose!
Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the dead
Are but as pictures: 'tis the eye of childhood

Macbeh Act 2 Scene 2 Analysis (p2/3)

That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,
I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal;
For it must seem their guilt.

What is Lady Macbeth’s response when she comes back (below)?
Lady Macbeth comes back to Macbeth in the same room and she talks about her being ashamed because of making someone else take the blame of her doings.
My hands are of your colour; but I shame
To wear a heart so white.
Knocking within
I hear a knocking
At the south entry: retire we to our chamber;
A little water clears us of this deed:
How easy is it, then! Your constancy
Hath left you unattended.
Knocking within
Hark! More knocking.
Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us,
And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
So poorly in your thoughts.

What does Macbeth mean with his final speech?
Macbeth is saying that its best that he doesn’t know that he even done it, a bit like a sleep 'kill'.
To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself.
Knocking within
Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!