By Dr. Bigs and Crew’s A+ productions

Act 2: Scene 2

1.      Introductory Page

2.      Set Design

3.      Costume Drawings/Pictures

4.      Company Report

5.      Character Reports – Jibri McLean (Macbeth)

6.      Character Reports – Nick Fertitta(Lady Macbeth)

7.      Photographs of Key Moments in Tableaux

8.      Script and Annotations

9.      Vocabulary




In act 2, Scene 2 of Macbeth Nick Fertitta plays the role of Lady Macbeth, and Jibri McLean plays the role of Macbeth.  In this scene, Macbeth has just finished killing King Duncan, and he is fearful and paranoid from his actions.  He is afraid if they will get caught for their crimes and is shocked and anxious from his murder.  This is the beginning of a murderous spiral that will ruin their lives in order to become king and queen.


Set Design


Costume Drawings/Pictures



Company Report

1. What happens in your scene? Outline the basic events.

a. Macbeth tells lady Macbeth that he has killed King Duncan

b. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are paranoid and scared because of what might happen to them

c. They are trying to figure out what they are going to do with the dagger that they killed King Duncan.


2. What do you think are the key purposes of your scene?

a.       The key purpose of our scene is to show the significance of how the death of King Duncan affected Macbeth and his wife. 

b.      Macbeth especially was shocked and effected by his murder, and this scene shows how paranoid he has become because of the death.

c.       In addition, it foreshadows and shows motifs of what will happen further in the book.

3. How does this scene fit into Shakespeare’s overall purpose in the play?

This scene fits into Shakespeare’s overall purpose in the play because it foreshadows what will happen further along in the book, and also shows motifs.  This scene is very significant to the play because it is the first murder that the Macbeths have committed and it is the start of how their murderous actions unravel their lives.  This first murder starts the insanity and violence that take over Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.  In this scene, Macbeth begins to realize the sin that he has committed and is in shame, fear and anguish.


4. In a one paragraph essay with three quotations, defend your company’s choice of production style.  Be sure to analyze the significance of the quotations in connection with the choices that you made. 



The production style of are act fit the play because we had in story details of when Macbeth

did the deed, and Macbeth’s guilt towards his actions: and Lady Macbeth’s control of

Macbeth. Macbeth wants power so he commits a horrible crime “I have done the deed.

Didst thou not hear a noise” (pg. 27 Shakespeare). Macbeth killed King Duncan for a

better future, but he fails to realize the consequences of his actions. Macbeth is to caring

and    begins    to beg for forgiveness because of his actions “I gild no more. I am afraid to

think what I have done” (pg.29). Macbeth is sorry for his actions, but Lady Macbeth

manipulates him into believing he did the right thing to assure success for them both. Lady

Macbeth is cunning and greedy all she desires is power and she uses Macbeth to seek this

power “you do unbend your noble strength to think so brainsickly of things. Go get some

water, and wash this filthy witness from your hand” (pg. 29). Lady Macbeth is the brains

behind the two of them she controls Macbeth to gain success. Are group incorporated these

three things because we believe their most significant parts of the scene, and we think they

set the Tone of the act. Also we think the three main parts would give the viewer an in-

depth look of the characters personalities and traits.



Personal Prompt Page/Character Page

Jibri McLean



1. What does your character want in this scene?

 In this scene my character wants to become king along with his wife.  He knows that in order to do so, he hast to murder and kill others.  However, after killing king Duncan, my character, Macbeth, is paranoid and fearful of what he has done.  He doesn't want to face what he has just done again.

2. What is your character’s motivation for doing what he or she does? 

 My character's motivation is to become king along with his wife.  He wants to become ruler of his land and become very wealthy.  His motivation is his ego, what his wife wants, and to also thr desire to become wealthy and a ruler.

3. What obstacles stand in his or her way?

 The obstacles that stand in Macbeth's way are the king and the others next in line to become ruler.  Also Macbeth and his wife must make sure that no one suspects that they did all the killings or else they will die and their plays will be ruined.  The obstacles are the king himself that they must kill, the people who suspect them, and also they are their own obstacles.  Both must get past their thoughts that hold them back from what they want.

4. What happens when your character confronts these obstacles?

 My character becomes very paranoid when facing his first obstacle, which is killing the king.  Macbeth realizes the wrong that he has done and it is hard for him to face it again.  He thinks that people will find out and he will be killed and punished for his actions.  He doesn't get caught until later after many deaths, but Macbeth digs a deeper hole for himself as he kills and sins more and more.

5. Are there any distinctive elements in your character’s way of speaking? (Is his or her language elaborate, plain, musical, or what?)

 My character doesn't really speak any different than most people in those times.  He speaks with a lot of emotion, however, and in this scene, one can especially see the emotions that he is feeling by the words that he says.

6. What is your character thinking during the scene? (How does he or she react to the other characters and events?)

My character is very paranoid of the murder that he has just committed.  After killing King Duncan, Macbeth is very scared of who might find out.  He is also shocked of the dreadful sin he has done and he does not wan to think of it again.  Macbeth is thinking of what he can do to make sure no one knows of what he and his wife are plotting, and also he knows what he must do in order to get what he wants.

Personal Prompt Page/Character Page

Nick Fertitta


1.)    What does the character want in this scene?

My character Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to kill King Duncan, and she manipulates him into killing the king. After Macbeth kills the king they are nervous because of the bad they have comitted.

2.)    What is your character’s motivation for doing what he or she does?

Lady Macbeth is driven by power all of her motivations and goals are bad. Lady Macbeth use Macbeth to get what she only desires which greed.


3.)    What obstacle stands in his or her way?

The obstacle that stands in Lady Macbeth’s way is she must convince Macbeth to kill the king, and she must be able to cover the murder up.


4.)    What happens when your character confronts these obstacles?

Lady Macbeth gets away with the evil deed and has all the power she wants, but soon after the murder karma comes back upon Lady Macbeth and Macbeth.


5.)    Are there any distinctive elements in your character’s way of speaking?

Lady Macbeth is very demanding and persistent in convincing Macbeth to kill the King. Lady Macbeth has a strong and controlling speaking type.

6.)    What is your characters thinking during the scene?

Lady Macbeth thinking is all for herself she does not worry about the consequences and she is full of is greed selfishness.

Photographs of Key Moments in Tableaux

Script and Annotations




Lady Macbeth has made the servants that were supposed to be protecting the king drunk.  She realizes that her husband must have killed King Duncan











Lady Macbeth is concerned that the plan to kill the king has failed.  She is talking to herself and trying to reassure herself that nothing can possibly go wrong.









Lady Macbeth is telling her husband that she heard nothing.  All she heard was the creatures outside.





That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold.

What hath quenched them hath given me fire.

Hark! Peace! It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,

Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it.

The doors are open, and the surfeited grooms

Do mock their charge with snores. I have drugged their possets,

That death and nature do contend about them,

Whether they live or die.

Macbeth heard his someone speak and is now paranoid.  He is worried if anyone had seen him.



(within)     Who’s there? What, ho!



Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,

And ’tis not done. Th' attempt and not the deed

Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready;

He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled

My father as he slept, I had done ’t.

Enter MACBETH, with bloody daggers

 My husband!

Macbeth is still paranoid.  He is concerned and wants to make sure that nobody heard.



I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?



I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.

Did not you speak?

Macbeth is curious to know when all this occurred.  He is making sure that nothing went wrong.




She is telling him that this just recently happened.  Lady Macbeth heard nothing else.



Macbeth is asking did all this happen just as he came down.


     As I descended?

Lady Macbeth is letting him know that what he said was true.


Macbeth is scared because he hears someone in the second chamber.  He wants to know if anyone is sleeping in there.


Lady Macbeth is telling him who it is.






Macbeth is explaining to her what he saw when he was in the King Duncan's room.  He is reviewing what happened step by step.




Lady Macbeth tells her husband that these two people are together.



Macbeth is so shocked that he has to tell her what happened.  He is venting the harsh deeds that he has done.  He can not settle himself down.



Lady Macbeth is trying to calm her husband down.  She is advising him not to have this issue take control of his mind or else he will go insane.


Macbeth is freaked out of his mind.  He can not stop thinking about what he has done.  He is deeply ashamed.



Macbeth's wife is telling him that if they keep worrying about it so much, then they will go mad.  She is telling him to take his mind off of the murder and relax.




Macbeth is so anxious that he can not keep his mind off of things, and he is now hearing voices which is odd.





Lady Macbeth doesn't realize that he has already started going crazy form the murder.


The odd voice is proof that Macbeth is starting to go insane.



            LADY MACBETH



     Hark! Who lies i' th' second chamber?

            LADY MACBETH


Macbeth is so distraught and ashamed of what he has done.  He realizes the seriousness of the issue.


20        MACBETH

(looking at his hands) This is a sorry sight.

Lady Macbeth tells her husband that what he just said was dumb.  However, she doesn't realize the seriousness of the issue.


            LADY MACBETH

A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.

25        MACBETH

There’s one did laugh in ’s sleep, and one cried. “Murder!”

That they did wake each other. I stood and heard them.

But they did say their prayers, and addressed them

Again to sleep.

            LADY MACBETH

     There are two lodged together.


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!”

30        LADY MACBETH

Consider it not so deeply.


But wherefore could not I pronounce “Amen”?

I had most need of blessing, and “Amen”

Stuck in my throat.

            LADY MACBETH

     These deeds must not be thought

After these ways. So, it will make us mad.


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.

            LADY MACBETH

     What do you mean?


Still it cried, “Sleep no more!” to all the house.

“Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor

Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more.”




Lady Macbeth is telling her husband to man up and stop acting like a coward.  Also, she tells him to take the daggers away and to wipe them on the guards bodies.






Macbeth is too ashamed and freaked out of what he has done.  The murder has taken a toll on his life and he is traumatized.






Lady Macbeth is angry at her husband's cowardly words and feelings.  She decides that she will do what she told him to do herself.








Every noise scares Macbeth, especially knocking, because he is very paranoid.  He is acting this way because the murder he has committed has traumatized him.










Lady Macbeth is so ashamed of her husband.  She is so upset with him, but she still tries to calm him down and have him stop acting so weak at heart.











Macbeth wants to put this behind him by sleeping and relaxing.  He also wishes that his murder be undone and King Duncan could just wake up again.  Macbeth wishes that none of this had happened and that King Duncan could just awake from the knocking.

50        LADY MACBETH

Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,

You do unbend your noble strength to think

So brainsickly of things. Go get some water,

And wash this filthy witness from your hand.

Why did you bring these daggers from the place?

They must lie there. Go carry them and smear

The sleepy grooms with blood.


     I’ll go no more:

I am afraid to think what I have done;

Look on ’t again I dare not.


            LADY MACBETH

     Infirm of purpose!

Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead

Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood

That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,

I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal,

For it must seem their guilt.



     Whence is that knocking?

How is ’t with me when every noise appals me?

What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes.

Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood

Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather

The multitudinous seas incarnadine,

Making the green one red.       

Enter LADY MACBETH        

65        LADY MACBETH

My hands are of your color, but I shame

To wear a heart so white.

(Knock within)

    I hear a knocking

At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.

A little water clears us of this deed.

How easy is it, then! Your constancy

Hath left you unattended.         

(Knock within)


Hark! More knocking.

Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us

And show us to be watchers. Be not lost

So poorly in your thoughts.


To know my deed, ’twere best not know myself.          

(Knock within)


Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I would thou couldst.




bellman...good-night - i.e., the owl's call, portending death, is like the town call to a condemned man

possets - (bedtime drinks)

nature - natural vitality

confounds - ruins

sorry - miserable

hangman's - executioner's (i.e., bloody)

knits up the raveled sleave - straightens out the tangled skein

second course - i.e., sleep (the less substantial first course is food)

unbend - relax

witness - evidence

painted - depicted

gild - paint

incarnadine - redden

the green one red - (perhaps "the green one" means "the ocean," but perhaps "one" here means "totally," "uniformly")

your...unattended - your firmness has deserted you

nightgown - dressing-gown

watchers - i.e., up late

poorly - weakly