Macbeth In Transformation

Journey of a man falling from grace

Macbeth Act 2

By, Act III, Scene 2, Macbeth has resolved himself into a far more stereotypical villain and asserts his manliness over that of his wife. His ambition now begins to spur him toward further terrible deeds, and he starts to disregard and even to challenge Fate and Fortune. Each successive murder reduces his human characteristics still further, until he appears to be the more dominant partner in the marriage. Nevertheless, the new-found resolve, which causes Macbeth to "wade" onward into his self-created river of blood, is persistently alarmed by supernatural events. The appearance of Banquo's ghost, in particular, causes him to swing from one state of mind to another until he is no longer sure of what is and "what is not"


Quote 1: "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,"

Quote 2: "But wherefore could not I pronounce “Amen”?

I had most need of blessing, and “Amen”

Stuck in my throat."

Quote 3: " One cried, “God bless us!” and “Amen” the other,

As they had seen me with these hangman’s hands.

List'ning their fear I could not say “Amen,”

When they did say “God bless us!”

Quote 4: "Methought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more!

Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,

Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,

The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,

Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,

Chief nourisher in life’s feast."