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In Macbeth, what do Malcolm and Donalbain decide at the end of Act 2 Scene 3? Quote...

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faris525 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM via web

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In Macbeth, what do Malcolm and Donalbain decide at the end of Act 2 Scene 3? Quote lines to support your response.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:12 AM (Answer #1)

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At the end of Act 2 Scene 3 in Macbeth, Malcolm and Donalbain decide to flee Scotland--Malcolm to England and Donalbain to Ireland.  The brothers fear that the murderer is still among them, and they do not want to risk their lives by staying around.  Donalbain says that there are "daggers in men's smiles," and they do not trust anyone around them.  King Duncan has just proclaimed that Malcolm shall take the throne after him, and they fear that someone is out to murder the entire family.  They decide to go to separate places so that if one is followed, the other will survive.  Their decision is one of familial preservation.

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