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In Act 1, Scene 5 or Macbeth, where is the irony in "Thou'rt mad to say it"?

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chaoticresolve | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 18, 2007 at 8:33 AM via web

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In Act 1, Scene 5 or Macbeth, where is the irony in "Thou'rt mad to say it"?

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 18, 2007 at 10:02 AM (Answer #1)

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The irony is that Lady Macbeth, upon hearing that the king, Duncan, is coming to her home that evening, would accuse the messenger of being mad to tell her this news.  She has already stepped onto the track of madness by her plans to have Macbeth murder Duncan so they can ascend the throne together; yet she is telling this poor messenger that he is mad to tell her Duncan is on his way to her house.

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idontneed1 | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 21, 2012 at 6:17 AM (Answer #2)

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Go F**k yourself :D jk

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