How is Macbeth like or unlike the sinners that the porter describes?you know when the porter makes humorous comments on the types of people who wind up at the gates of hell.

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Macbeth has something in common with all of the sinners the porter describes in hell. The farmer hanged himself "on the expectation of plenty". Although Macbeth does not commit suicide, he does destroy himself with his expectations of gaining the thrown and the "plenty" that comes with it. He is also like the equivocator "that could/swear in both the scales against either scale;/who committed treason enough for God's sake. . . ." Obviously, by killing Duncan, Macbeth has committed treason. He is also guilty of putting up a false front to everyone but his wife. He can "swear in both the scales" as he implicates Duncans guards in his murder and then kills Banquo and continues to control the throne as if nothing happens. Finally, Macbeth also resemble the French tailor who is in hell "for stealing out of a French hose". Macbeth steals the throne from Duncan and then tries to steal it from Duncan's sons and Banquo's descendants.