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I need to understand "Bloody instructions, which being taught return To plague the...

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santangelo | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 19, 2007 at 12:45 PM via web

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I need to understand "Bloody instructions, which being taught return To plague the inventor."

the teacher want us to take the quote and understand them this one is confussing me. thanks for the help

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 19, 2007 at 11:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Macbeth says this quote in Act one scene 7, talking about the murder of the King. What he is saying, is that in teaching someone to murder, they come back and murder you. A sort of bloody Justice. Macbeth is most likely refering to all of the battles that he has fought for the King, and all of the men he's killed for the King in the process, and now he's taking what he's learned and applying it to the King himself.

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mrofe | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 20, 2007 at 10:39 PM (Answer #2)

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This comes from Macbeth's soliloquy in Act 1, sc7. He is still debating with himself about murdering King Duncan. He knows that terrible deeds often backfire.

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