Macbeth Act II

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 11250

Macbeth has a choice: Kill King Duncan and commit treason, or refrain. The suspense is killing us! Work through this complex Act, using videos and a graphic organizer, and learn what soliloquy means!


Literary Studies

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Act I of Macbeth ends with a cliffhanger: will he or won't he kill King Duncan? In this lesson, read Act II to find out the answer!

In Act I, you saw King Duncan honor Macbeth with the title of Thane of Cawdor as a reward for his bravery in battle against the Norwegian army.

This honor fulfilled the second witch's prophecy that Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor. Act I also introduced Lady Macbeth and her ambition to become Queen of Scotland. The end of Act I concluded with King Duncan's visit to Macbeth's castle while Macbeth and his wife debated whether or not to kill the King during his visit.

In this lesson, you will read Act II and discover the decision Macbeth makes.

When you start reading Act II, we recommend you use the online full-text version of Macbeth, The Tragedy of Macbeth from MIT.

Also, you should continue reading the play aloud so you can hear the language come alive as dialogue. To inspire you, watch "Is this a dagger which I see before me" Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Spoken by Tom O'Bedlam), provided by SpokenVerse, that provides a dramatic reading of Macbeth's speech in Act II, Scene 1, which is one of the most famous speeches in the entire play:


Once you've watched the video, you are ready to begin reading Act II. Once you've finished reading Act II, move on to the Got It? section.

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