What are some important lines in Act 2 Scene 2 of Macbeth?Really anything important that has an impact on the play such as foreshadowing, characteristics of characters, nemesis, etc.

1 Answer

teachertaylor's profile pic

teachertaylor | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted on

In Act 2 Scene 2 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth has drugged the guards and is waiting to see if Macbeth follows through with the murder.  While she waits, she hears an owl shriek and calls it the "fatal bellman."  This symbol suggests that the murder has taken place.  Shortly after, Macbeth returns to their chamber crazed because he believes that someone has heard him commit the murder.  Lady Macbeth is angry with him because he cannot control his emotions, and she tells him that she would "shame to wear a heart so white."  This element of characterization suggests that Macbeth is weak at heart.  Finally, at the end of the scene, Macbeth and his wife hear knocking at the door.  Macbeth says that he wishes the knocking would wake Duncan which suggests that Macbeth feels regret for what he has done.