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How does Macbeth's state of mind change from act 3, scene 1 to the last act?

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In act 3, scene 1 of Shakespeare's Macbeth, the title character is still friendly with his comrade, Banquo. However, he also confesses in a soliloquy that there is no one else in the world that he is more afraid of than Banquo. He's afraid of him because there's something noble and true about him.

Our fears in Banquo
Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature
Reigns that which would be feared. 'Tis much he dares,
And to that dauntless temper of his mind
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor
To act in safety. There is none but he
Whose being I do fear, and under him
My genius is rebuked, as it is said
Mark Antony’s was by Caesar.
He also fears him because he remembers the prophecy of the Weird Sisters. So far, everything they've said has come to pass. They also said that although Banquo wouldn't sit on the throne, his sons would. He decides in act 3, scene 1 that he won't let his acts of murder be in vain. He makes up his mind that his murder of Duncan and the turmoil it has caused him will not be...

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