Explain Macbeth's temper in act 5, scene 3, please. I really need help.What things does he do and say to show his temper in act 5, scene 3?

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Macbeth’s bad temper is shown in Act 5, Scene 3 when he verbally attacks the servant boy who brings him news about the approaching English soldiers. Macbeth says, “The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon! Where got’st thou that goose-look?” A short time later he tells Seyton, “Send out more horses. Skirr the country round. / Hang those that talk of fear.” A few lines later he shows his bad temper by mocking the Doctor who has come to attend Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is thinking of his own psychological condition when he asks the Doctor, “Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, / Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, etc.” And when the Doctor offers some advice, Macbeth says, “Throw physic to the dogs,” and then continues to mock the Doctor as he had been mocking the young servant he called a cream-faced loon. Everything he says to the Doctor is full of contempt. He is in a foul mood and will listen to no one. This is common behavior with anyone having a temper tantrum.


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