Act I Scene Vii

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  • Grade: 85
Act I, scene vii
        As Macbeth sits alone contemplating on whether or not to kill the King, he realizes deep down that the Kings murder is a terrible sin. He really doesn't mind the possible consequences, but what bothers him so much is the fact that he is a family member, one that loves and trusts him. Soon Macbeth becomes a little anxious and wishes that he could just go and get the murder over with. Suddenly Macbeth starts to become a bit paranoid and when he next sees Lady Macbeth he tells her that he wants nothing more to do with this betrayal to Duncan. Lady Macbeth then attempted to tell Macbeth that he would not be a man if he did not go through with the murder. She feels that in order to achieve your goals you must do everything possible to succeed. Lady Macbeth went as far as starting to plan the Kings murder feeling pretty sure of it being followed through on by Macbeth. The plan is that as soon as the King is asleep, they will proceed in getting the bodyguards drunk with the intention of blaming the murder on them in the future. By this time Macbeth is pretty freaked out with everything that is going on, he then resigns to follow through with her plans.
        Macbeth's conflict here is the decision he is left with to murder Duncan or not. The reason for the conflict is that Duncan is a relative and a friend and it's his own wife that wants him to go through with it. If he doesn't go through with it his wife will think he is not a man. So Macbeth is left with the decision of choosing between his wife, his friend or maybe even his ego. His wife, Lady Macbeth, is apart of the hidden plot mainly because she is who is encouraging Macbeth the most. It seems as if she wants Duncan dead more than Macbeth does. The apparent plot is Macbeth has to murder Duncan to be King and so his wife will still think he is a man. There is quite a bit at stake here either way you look at the situation.
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