Pivotal Moments in Macbeth (Act 2 (Scene 1 ("Is this a dagger which I…
Pivotal Moments in Macbeth
"Is this a dagger which I see before me."
"A dagger of the mind, a false creation."
Macbeth is hallucinating, seeing a dagger which then becomes blood stained.
"Methought I heard a voice cry, 'Sleep no more: / Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep."
Theme of sleep
Macbeth's actions disturb his sleep.
Setting: A desolate place
Thunder and Lightning
The Globe Theatre would have been a very noisy atmosphere, so a clap of thunder would have been a great way to start a play because it gained the attention of the audience.
"When shall we three meet again"
Their meeting has finished - we don't know what is was about, leaving the reader curious to find out more.
By the end of the scene, the audience is really none the wiser about what is going on.
The witches speak in trochaic tetrameter.
The witches often rhyme
Throughout the play, rhyming is connected to the witches and the supernatural.
Sinister - similar to a nursery rhyme.
The witches plot to meet Macbeth after the battle.
"Stars, hide your fires, / Let not light see my black and deep desires."
Rhyme, the witches have enchanted Macbeth.
"The eye wink at the hand"
Motif of eyes and hands
Contrast of light and darkness