Macbeth act 1 scene 2

Basics of act 2 scene 2

The Scottish army is at war with the Norwegian army. Duncan, who is king of Scotland, meets a captain returning from battle. The captain informs them of Macbeth and Banquo's bravery in battle.

Duncans sons are malcolm and donalbain. they are all talking with lennox when a wounded Captain arrives, fresh from the field, where he fought to help Duncan's son, Malcolm, escape capture. ross arrives from another battle and in the end is ordered by Duncan to deliver the news that he porders cawdors execution and he arranges for his titles to pass to Macbeth.

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why is act 1 scene 2 important and key meanings ?

Macbeth, who in this scene is described as a noble hero who is brave and loyal to his king, will be transformed into a monster as he becomes "covered" with the metaphorical blood of those he kills to achieve his ambitions.

word meanings:

valient - brave

as whence -  in the same way

thane - title of nobility

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analyis of act 1 scene 2, key quotes and methods

Quote - 'and with his fomer title greet macbeth'

Effect- shows superiority of Macbeth.


Quote - 'merciless'

Method - adjective

Effect - used to describe macdonwalds character


Quote- ' what he hath lost, noble macbeth hath one'

Effect - reiterates that macbeth is the noble one according to duncan and he is so noble that he uses that word in his title

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+ 1 more key quote

Quote- ' that multiplying villanies of nature do swarm upon him'

Effect- insects represent that the evil was overetaking him

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