In Macbeth, what does Macbeth say he envies about Duncan? What are his thoughts and feelings on the matter?
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In act 3, scene 2, Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he envies Duncan because he is dead. He speaks of the irony of the fact that in order to gain "peace," or become king, they have created more trouble for themselves than they had before. Beginning in line 19, he states:
"Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep / In the affliction of these terrible dreams / That shake us nightly. Better to be with the dead, / Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, / Than on the torture of the mind to lie / In restless ecstacy. Duncan is in his grave. / After life's fitful fever he sleeps well...nothing / can touch him further."
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