Here is the script after King Duncan has been murdered. I only have one question; but the answer might not be as simple as it may seem… Read the script and then answer this question:
Why does Macbeth say “As I descended”?
Tip: there are many reasons/meanings of this line. Explore them, research them if you like…
Descended means to go down something. For example you descend (go down a staircase)… if if a football team descends down the league, they drop down some places. Macbeth may be walking down a staircase or even a hallway at this point in the play; but I think it’s no coincidence that Shakespeare has used this language here. How else has Macbeth descended?
MACBETH: I have done the deed. Didst thou not here a noise?
LADY MACBETH: I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
Did not you speak?
LADY MACBETH: Now.
MACBETH: As I descended?
LADY MACBETH: Ay.
Who lies i’the second chamber?
LADY MACBETH: Donaldbain.
MACBETH: This is a sorry sight.
LADY MACBETH: A foolish thought, to say ‘a sorry sight’.