Explain the comparison of the two murderers with the breeds of dogs by Macbeth.

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Macbeth is attempting to goad the two men into accepting the mission of murdering Banquo and Fleance by asking them to think about the kind of men they are. He makes an analogy by listing types of different dogs:

. . . hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs,
Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves are clept
All by the name of dogs
This implies that there are all sorts of men, just as there are all types of dogs. Macbeth wants the men to feel that they have to prove to him that they are more highly placed in the...

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