What reasons does Macbeth offer in his soliloquy as to why he should not kill Duncan?

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First, Macbeth says, "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly."  In other words, if simply killing Duncan would conclude the whole affair and render Macbeth king, then he would go ahead and do it now.  However, a lot will have to happen in between the murder and his coronation: he will have to lie to his friends, act as though he is aggrieved and shocked by the crime, and perhaps even engage in some political jostling with Duncan's sons.

Next, he expresses his knowledge that the consequences of this murder will have to be resolved. The murder itself will not neatly...

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Macbeth realizes that the only reason me is murdering Duncan is because of his vaulting ambition. He is greedy for power although the soliloquy of Macbeths concious is telling him otherwise. In Act 1 scence 7 it shows Macbeth doubts towards the murder. Macbeth knows that the king has always been nothing but loyal towards him, and having rewarding him with Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth calls the whole thing off. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth saying he is a coward, no man. His wifes feine strenght is what drives Macbeth even more. So when Duncan stayed the night Macbeth had already placed a dagger a number of times through his chest.

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