In act 3, scene 2 of Macbeth, what is Macbeth's state of mind?

In act 3, scene 2 of Macbeth, Macbeth is deeply disturbed and filled with anxiety stemming from his crime and the witches' prophecies. Macbeth worries that Banquo will inherit the throne, struggles to fall asleep, envies the deceased King Duncan, and admits that his mind is "full of scorpions." He does not feel secure in his position of power and is experiencing a significant amount of paranoia.

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Although Macbeth has successfully usurped power by assassinating King Duncan and blaming the murder on Malcolm and Donalbain, he does not feel secure in his position and fears that the witches' prophecy concerning Banquo's descendants will come to fruition. In act 3, scene 2, Lady Macbeth calls on her husband and inquires about his depressed attitude. Macbeth responds by telling his wife that they have "scorched the snake" but not killed it, which reveals his anxiety regarding his legacy and security. Despite his apparent concerns, Macbeth remains determined to not live his life in fear or succumb to his tortured thoughts.

Macbeth then reveals that he envies the dead, who can finally experience "restless ecstasy." By envying King Duncan, it is clear that Macbeth is suffering from mental anguish and wishes to escape his current situation. After Lady Macbeth encourages her husband to be "bright and jovial" in front of their guests, Macbeth instructs her to pay close attention to Banquo and...

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