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Act 4 ,sc. 1, what news does Lennox bring to Macbeth? How does he plan to change his...

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Posted February 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM via web

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Act 4 ,sc. 1, what news does Lennox bring to Macbeth? How does he plan to change his behaviour in response? 

act 4 scene 1  what news does lennox bring to macbeth? how does he plan to change his behaviour in response?  and what is macbeths resolve at the end of this scene? how do his plans differ from previous actions?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Lennox tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England.  Earlier in the scene, when the Weird Sisters showed Macbeth the apparitions, the first one told Macbeth to beware of Macduff, so Macbeth vowed that Macduff should not live. When the next vision told Macbeth that no man born of woman could harm Macbeth, he still said of Macduff, "Thou shalt not live!"  With Macduff gone, Macbeth does not have access to him to kill him, so Macbeth says he will, "...give to the edge o' the sword/ His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls/ That trace him in his line."  Macbeth will send murderers to Macduff's castle at Fife and kill Macduff's family since he can't kill Macduff.  When he sent murderers to kill Banquo, he told his wife to be "...innocent of the knowledge....til thou applaud the deed," as though he were proud of the plan he concocted.  This time, he will not hesitate, he will not come up with a clever plan to surprise his target, he will just get the job done.  This shows us how cold-blooded, determined, and paranoid Macbeth has become. He no longer needs help from his wife like he did when he killed Duncan, in fact, she is useless since she has gone insane.

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