What are the main conflicts in act 4, scenes 1–3 of Macbeth?

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In act 4, scene 1, the most significant conflict is that which rages inside of Macbeth's own mind and which he alludes to when he declares that he will murder Macduff so that he "may tell pale-hearted fear it lies / And sleep in spite of thunder." In other words, even though one of the spirits has told him that no man born of woman can harm him, Macbeth decides that he will kill Macduff anyway, just to be safe. He will also kill Macduff so that the fear he feels—which prevents him from sleeping—can be put to rest. At this point in the play, Macbeth has made so many enemies and is so afraid of losing his throne that in his mind, there is a conflict between his natural bravery and this unnatural fear. It is to resolve this conflict, and to determine whether he needs to be either brave or fearful, that Macbeth demands to hear from the witches: "I will be satisfied. Deny me this, / And an eternal curse fall on you!"

In act 4, scene 1, there is also a conflict between Macbeth and Banquo . Banquo...

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