Act 1 Scene 7- Macbeth

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The scene opens with Hautboys and torches in Macbeth’s castle near the Great Hall. A butler and many servants enter carrying dishes for the evening feast. Macbeth wanders by himself, preoccupied with the thought of killing Duncan, feared of the consequences of his assassination. He is confused about what actions he is going to take and wonders whether it is worth all of his effort. Macbeth starts by saying to himself that if the business could be over, then it would be best to get it done quickly. He talks about the how the assassination could be stating. “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”. As he says the words: bloody instructions, poisoned chalice and deep damnation, we know that Macbeth is aware of how this murder would occur. Macbeth declares that the only thing motivating him to kill Duncan is ambition which he realises that it is a fallacious thought. Macbeth begins to consider Duncan’s attributes as he says that he is a respectful leader, free of dishonesty. Macbeth also feels of the loyalty towards Duncan as he says that he should always protect him as he is his kinsman and that he is his host who should be closing the door in the murderer’s face, and not murder him. Macbeth has fears of the punishments in the world as it is a terrible sin, and thinks that his bad deed will come back to haunt him. While Macbeth is thinking about the murder he is planning to commit confused and against this crime, Lady Macbeth enters searching for Macbeth. She informs him that that the king has almost finished his dinner and that he should be with them as he has been asking for Macbeth. As Macbeth is not convinced of what he is going to commit, he decided to tell his Lady Macbeth that he does not want to commit this crime by saying, “We will proceed no further in this business.” He claims that that the king has honoured him and that he wants to enjoy...
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