You Just Commited Murder! What Next? (Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2)

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

Lady M.:  I heard the owl scream, and the crickets cry.  Did you not speak?

Macbeth: When?

Lady M.: Now.

Macbeth: As I descended?

Lady M.: Ay.

Macbeth: Hark!

After final succeeding in killing Duncan, and their dream of being king and queen starting to become a reality, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have what seems to be a pretty stupid conversation.

Normally in most movies or TV shows (and more importantly in real life) when someone does something ridiculous like, kill someone, they go into complete shock right after.

tumblr_m767owiFrQ1rsm2tuNot only their calmness, but the fact that they are able to talk about completely off-subject matters makes it seem like this entire scene is very artificial.  I’m not sure if Shakespeare did this on purpose to illustrate that they were so cruel that they could do this without freaking out, or maybe he had not had any experiences with murderers to base this scene on.  With the internet and movies now, it is very easy to see what happens in virtually any scenario.  When Shakespeare was writing,  even plays were brand new, so his actors were probably confused too.

I can’t wait to read the “Out Damn Spot” part!

-Paulie 🙂

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One thought on “You Just Commited Murder! What Next? (Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2)

  1. Paulie,
    I’m loving this post (especially the Andrew Scott gif oh my gosh) you have a very valid point though, concerning their calmness. He literally just killed someone and he’s acting as if he could say, “Hey, Lady Macbeth, go make me some food, woman,” and be 100% serious. Then again, it was probably okay back then because no one really experienced murders as an every day thing. His audience, when it wasn’t for the king, was not super educated so they were most likely very easy going with this portrayal of murder.

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