Macbeths preview before killing Duncan

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MACBETH: If it were done when 't is done, then 't were well It were done quickly. If the assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch, With his surcease, success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all -here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We'd jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here, that we but teach Bloody instructions, which being taught return To plague th’inventor: This even-handed justice Commends th’ ingredients of our poisoned chalice To our own lips. He's here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife mys Continue...


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Besides, this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels trumpet-tongued against The deep damnation of his taking-off, And pity, like a naked new-born babe, Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin horsed Upon the sightless couriers of the air, Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, That tears shall drown the wind. Overall I believe Macbeth had the ability to decide what was right and what was wrong until the evil Lady Macbeth came onto the scene and ruined Macbeth's life. He declares his willingness to risk eternal doom but realizes that even on earth, bloody actions "return To plague th'inventor" (I. Macbeth notes that these circumstances offer him nothing that he can use to motivate himself. He faces the fact that there is no reason to kill the king other than his own ambition, which he realizes is an irresponsible guide. Inside the castle, Macbeth is by himself, pondering his idea of assassinating Duncan. This ability is disappeared as he just goes about killing more and more people just to cover up the assassination of the king. I believe this particular speech reveals that Macbeth is in 2 minds of killing Duncan and this shows me that Macbeth as a character is able to see both sides of the matter. He then considers the reasons why he shouldn't kill Duncan: Macbeth is Duncan's kinsman, subject, and host; and the king is admired as a excellent ruler across the board. He says that the deed would be easy if he could be certain that it would not set in motion a series of terrible consequences. I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself And falls on the other. Lady Macbeth enters and tells her husband that the king has dined and that he has been asking for Macbeth.

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