After reading Act 2 , here is the new information we have learned about Macbeth:
“I think not of them;
Yet when we can entreat an hour to serve,
We would spend it in some words upon that business,
If you would grant the time.” – Macbeth (2.1.22-25)
“…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.
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?
….” – Macbeth (2.1.33-39)
“ But wherefore could not I pronounce ‘Amen’?
I had most need of blessing and ‘Amen’
Stuck in my throat.” – Macbeth (2.2.34-36)
“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 life, sore labour’s bath…” – Macbeth (2.2.39-42)
“I’ll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done;.. – Macbeth (2.2.53-54)
“Whence is that knocking? How is’t with me,When every noise appals me?..- Macbeth (2.2.61-62)
He is religious so killing Duncan has made him feel easily scared that God will not forgive him since he can’t say ‘amen’. He is feeling major guilt that he killed Duncan, so now he feels as if he will never sleep again, and he can’t even look at his hands. He has also developed paranoia, hearing noises and jumping at random sounds.
This is a big change from the noble , honorable , brave , mentally stable Macbeth I read about in Act 1. Throughout these changes I was disappointed in Macbeth because even though he successfully killed Duncan, he was still unhappy and felt like how he did before Lady Macbeth convinced him to kill Duncan.
I wanted Macbeth to act more like Lady Macbeth if he was going to agree to kill Duncan and take the crown. If he can be brave and violent on the battlefield, he should at least be able to kill the King without guilt , since you’re still murdering people either way. Although I can understand the guilt he is going through since he actually knew Duncan, and liked him.
I was surprised that he was able to stay calm and convince everyone that he wasn’t the one that killed Duncan, considering he was so scared and paranoid right before that moment.In the future , I predict that Macbeth will become less mentally unstable/guilty. I think that with time Macbeth will forget it ever happened if no one talks about Duncan passing. I believe he will start to lie more to keep his crown, and I think his paranoia may or may not shrink.
It might shrink depending on what happens after he is crowned. If everyone loves him as king everything might go back to normal, but if people suspect something it might grow and get worse , along with his guilt.