Act 2 Scene 1
-After midnight Banquo and Fleance meet Macbeth in the courtyard
-Banquo passes on Duncan's compliments and a diamond for Lady Macbeth
-Macbeth tells Banquo to side with him, Banquo says he will if Macbeth is honourable
-Macbeth waits for the signal to kill Duncan.
'Cursed thoughts when sleeping'- Restless anxiety
'Witchcraft celebrates [...] Withered murder' - Macbeth allies himself with the supernatural, Macbeth is influenced by the Witches.
Soliloquy- Structure and syntax= further tension. Questions, exclamations= uncertainty and anxiety.
Act 2 Scene 2
-Lady Macbeth has drugged the guards and become 'bold' through drinking wine.
-Mabeth enters the scene, having killed Duncan.
-Lady Macbeth takes charge of the situation.
-Macbeth reveals he regrets Duncan's murder.
'A little water cleanses us of this deed' - Lady Macbeth believes that by washing the blood away they cannot be held responsible.
'Shall sleep no more' - Macbeth's crime becomes his punishment because of the guilt.
Analysis- Rhetorical figurative writing with metaphorical descriptions of sleep.
Act 2 Scene 3
-Drunken porter comes to open the gates- annoyed that he has been disturbed.
-Macduff, Thane of Fife, discovers the King is dead.
-Lady Macduff faints.
-Malcolm and Donalbain, fearing for their lives, decide to flee.
-Lennox talks of the disturbed night.
'Night has been unruly'- Nature is in turmoil over the King's murder.
'Dire combustion'- Terrible civil unrest.
'I do repent me of my fury'- Macbeth makes excuses about why he killed the guards.
Act 2 Scene 4
-Ross discusses omens with an old man.
-Macduff reports that suspicion falls upon Malcolm and Donalbain.
-Macbeth has gone to Scone to be crowned King.
-Macduff refuses to attend the corronation.
'Thriftless ambition, that will raven up/ Thine own life means' - Ross says that it is a stupid ambition that causes a son to kill the father.- Ross is talking about the King's sons' supposed involvement in Duncan's murder.
AO4- Macbeth would have been performed in the day, constant references to the night to reinforce the idea.