How would you describe Macbeth's state of mind as he makes his way to Duncan's chambers in act 2, scene 1 in Macbeth?

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In act 2, scene 1 of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, the title character is preparing to take the life of a king in an effort to make the prophecy of the weird sisters come true. In order to fully understand this scene, one must look at the context surrounding it, as well as the way in which kings were revered in the time frame in which the play takes place.

It is interesting to note that there was a real Macbeth in eleventh century Scotland, and he did take the throne from Duncan I in battle. This was a common way for kings to be unseated in this time period. The king's primary purpose in this time period was to be a war leader. This would have caused the king to be both feared and revered. They would have been feared for their prowess in battle. They would have been revered for their leadership and goodness toward their constituents.

In act 2, scene 1 of Macbeth, we see that Macbeth and Banquo have just been enjoying King Duncan's bounty. Banquo references this is the opening of the scene:


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