Help with Questions to Macbeth : Act II, Scene 3
Act II, Scene 3
- The Porter’s scene, or the “knocking at the gate,” is a much debated scene by scholars, but many agree it is the typical comic relief scene seen in Shakespeare’s play. What do you suppose the dramatic point of a comic relief scene is? Why is the Porter’s soliloquy in prose rather than poetry? What lines contain the bawdy humor so often found in these scenes?
- How is the theme of “a crime against nature” reinforced in this scene?
- Why does Macduff refer to the murder scene as “a new Gorgon”?
- Who was suspected of the murder, and what happens to them?
- Who are Malcolm and Donalbain, what do they suspect, and what decision do they make?
Asked on 08.06.2017 in English Literature.