Macbeth

ACT 2

Macbeth's active imagination contributes to his internal conflict. Explain what these passages from Act ll reveal about this conflict:

the appearance of the dagger (Scene 1, lines 32-48)

the voice after the murder (Scene 2, lines 33-41)

his refusal to return to the room (Scene 2, lines 48-50)

his words after the discovery of Duncan's death (Scene 3, lines 85-90)

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The appearance of the dagger- Macbeth realizes that his visions might well be a result from his "heat oppressed brain". Macbeth knows he is stressed out and his nerves are frazzled. He sees the knife beckoning him to Duncan's chambers. The vision of the knife is born out of Macbeth's inner conflicts over killing the king. At this point in the play, he really does not want to. His ambition and nagging manipulating wife makes him go forward.

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