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HELP!!! OK..am just asking this because its very shocking. In Act 2,after macbeth...

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jakielegs | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted October 28, 2010 at 5:26 AM via web

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HELP!!! OK..am just asking this because its very shocking. In Act 2,after macbeth killed the king, lennox says its the guards.

after confirming it is the guard that killed the king, macbeth says he killed them. but remember that lennox said the guards were covered with blood and their daggers unwiped.

if macbeth says he killed them, when would he have killed them?after the kings murder? or what? why wasnt macbeth suspected immediately/ why did it take a long time before people noticed? afterall, macbeth said he killed the guards.he couldnt have killed the guards when Macduff announced the kings death(act2 scene 3)because we were told that lennox went with him.

someone should have asked when he then killed the king because if he killed the king at night, why didnt he sound the alarm? why did he act like he didnt know anything?


i just finished reading the scene and i couldnt wait to ask! :D!!!

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jseligmann | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act 2, Scene 3, Macduff, accompanied by Lennox, arrives early in the morning to wake the king. Macbeth, who pretends that he has just woken up, shows Macduff the way to Duncan's chamber. Macduff runs out of the chamber in a frenzy of grief and proclaims that Duncan has been murdered. In mock shock and disbelief, Macbeth, along with Lennox, goes into the chamber to see for himself. When they come out, Macbeth says that, yes indeed the great, old king is dead. Then he says that he saw the guards lying there covered with blood, was sure they had done, and right then and there, in the presence of Lennox, he killed them in a fit of revenge. Here's Macbeth explanation:


O, yet I do repent me of my fury,

That I did kill them.


Wherefore did you so?


Who can be wise, amazed, temperate and furious,

Loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man:

The expedition of my violent love

Outrun the pauser reason. Here lay Duncan,

His silver skin laced with his golden blood,

And his gash'd stabs look'd like a breach in nature

For ruin's wasteful entrance: there, the murderers,

Steep'd in the colors of their trade, their daggers

Unmannerly breech'd with gore. Who could refrain,

That had a heart to love, and in that heart

Courage to make's love known?

Such an exlanation may have seemed reasonable to the treacherous couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but no one else will later give it any credence.

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azrulafeze | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM (Answer #2)

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Macbeth killed the guards before Macbeth, Lennox, Macduff and others met together after Macduff anounced Duncan's death. Macbeth could not help to hold his anger anymore and that's why he killed the guards.

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