hello!ok, i just saw this post by a fellow student-jakielegs. i can't answer the question but I thought it should be posted here for better critics. ok,here is the question: btw, i informed...

hello!

ok, i just saw this post by a fellow student-jakielegs. i can't answer the question but I thought it should be posted here for better critics. ok,here is the question: btw, i informed her/him it would be posted here.

HELP!!! OK..am just asking this because it's very shocking. In Act 2,after Macbeth kills the king, Lennox says its the guards.

 

 

 

After confirming it is the guard that killed the king, Macbeth says he killed them. but remember that lennox said the guards were covered with blood and their daggers unwiped.

If Macbeth says he killed them, when would he have killed them?after the kings murder? or what? why wasn't macbeth suspected immediately/ why did it take a long time before people noticed? afterall, macbeth says he killed the guards.he couldnt have killed the guards when Macduff announced the kings death(act2 scene 3). For, we were told that Lennox went with him.

Someone should have asked when he, then, killed the king because if he killed the king at night, why didn't he sound the alarm? why did he act like he didn't know anything?

WHEN DID MACBETH KILL THE GUARDS?

i just finished reading the scene and I couldnt wait to ask! :D!!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Post #2 has the explanation.  Of course, Macbeth realizes that he must kill the guards when they return to see what has happened to Duncan, for he fears that they may implicate him.  While he claims that he has killed the guards from "the expedition of my violent love," the truth is that Macbeth knows that dead men do not talk.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think if you'll read the scene again, you'll see that Macbeth killed the guards when they all went back to see what had happened to Duncan.  The king was already dead, and Macbeth's excuse for killing the guards is that he got so enraged at seeing his king bloodied and dead while the obviously guilty guards were still alive and presumably claiming their innocence.  So, Macbeth killed Duncan in the early hours of the morning and he killed the guards while in the presence of Lennox the next morning once Duncan's body was discovered.  It's always a good thing to think and question!

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