Study Guide

Macbeth Act 2, Scene 1

By William Shakespeare

Act 2, Scene 1

  • Banquo and his son, Fleance, are at Macbeth's inner court at Glamis. They're both feeling a little twitchy.
  • Macbeth then enters with a servant, and Banquo notes that the new Thane of Cawdor (Macbeth) should be resting peacefully considering the good news he got today.
  • They reminisce about those wacky witches they met the other day, and then everyone leaves Macbeth alone on stage.
  • Just in time, too, because things are about to get real: Macbeth has a vision of a dagger that points him toward the room where Duncan sleeps. The dagger turns bloody and Macbeth says the bloody image is a natural result of his bloody thoughts.
  • A bell rings, which is Lady Macbeth's signal that it's time to rock and roll.