It is a common Elizabethan notion that when there is corruption in the royal family, this corruption "trickles down" to every aspect of the kingdom. The natural world, the King's subjects, even...

It is a common Elizabethan notion that when there is corruption in the royal family, this corruption "trickles down" to every aspect of the kingdom.

The natural world, the King's subjects, even the economy can fall apart as a result of the King's wrongdoings.

Quote at least three examples the speakers in scene 6 give of the negative impact of Macbeth's leadership on the rest of Scotland.

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Assuming you mean Act 3 Scene 6, here Lenox and the Lord discuss the ill happenings in Scotland under Macbeth's rule.  It is the Lord specifically who says:

"We may again give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights, free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives, do faithful homage, and receive free honours, all which we pine for now."  (III.vi.34-37)

The Lord suggests that under Macbeth's rule, people are now starving because money has been used by the King for other purposes.  He also says that people may not rest easy at night for fear that some harm will come to them as ordered by the King.  The Lord says that there are people hired by Macbeth to walk among them as spies and either report information or kill those whom they once considered friends.  The Lord says finally that no one really remains in the good favor of the King, and they hope for the day when they might again receive the graces of the King.  All of these are results of the negative impact that Macbeth's leadership has had on Scotland.

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