Macbeth Act 2 Summary

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Macbeth meets Banquo in the courtyard of his castle. Banquo is restless because he cannot decide how he feels about the witches and their prophecies. Macbeth pretends indifference, but casually agrees to talk about it if Banquo would like. They agree, and Banquo leaves. Macbeth again takes time to examine the pros and cons of going through with the plot, and begins to see illusions, starting with a dagger floating in the air in front of him. He seems to go back and forth, but eventually decides to kill Duncan.
To come on stage.
A courtyard, possibly the forecourt. bearing a torch before him
Fleance is carrying a torch because this scene is set at night. Since the play was originally performed in the open air, in
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As long as this doesn’t involve doing anything dishonorable, and as long as I can stay loyal and true, I’ll follow along.

My bosom franchised and allegiance clear — my heart belongs to the king

I shall be counsell’d. — I’ll agree to your plans.

The difference between the two men is becoming clear — Macbeth is willing to do anything, including murder Duncan, to get to the throne; Banquo won’t even pursue honor for himself if he has to give up any virtue to get there.
Good repose the while!
Sleep well until we get together to talk about this.

Macbeth is probably just covering up, acting naturally. As we’re about to see, he has already decided to act, and probably feels no more need to discuss things with Banquo.
Is this a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. / I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. dagger — sturdy, medium-sized knife, with a blade up to a foot long.

let me clutch thee. / I have thee not — Macbeth is trying to grasp the dagger’s handle, but there’s nothing there.

Macbeth has begun to see things, guilty visions, even before he has started down the road of murder. He is afraid of the immediate future, afraid of what he is planning to do.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible / To feeling as to sight? or art thou but / A dagger of the mind, a false creation, / Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
Aren’t you able to be touched, just as you can be seen? Or are
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