What could you say to convince Macbeth not to kill Duncan? With this question, you know that he is going to kill Duncan. You also must have a few different arguments as to why not. But overall this...

What could you say to convince Macbeth not to kill Duncan?

With this question, you know that he is going to kill Duncan. You also must have a few different arguments as to why not. But overall this answer must at least be a persuasion not to kill him by a friend of Macbeth.

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It is difficult to say how reasonable it is that someone could have convinced Macbeth not to kill Duncan. On the one hand, he seems extremely reticent to kill him before his wife convinces him to. On the other hand, as the play goes on, the audience sees the deep well of ambition and bloody thoughts within Macbeth. To convince Macbeth not to kill Duncan, I would probably appeal to his faith in the witches. They told him he would be king and put the thought in his head in the first place. So, it stands to reason that they might be the key to stopping him from making a horrible mistake.

I would point out to Macbeth that although the witches said he would become king, they did not tell him to commit murder. I would fib and make the case that the witches are obviously part of the spiritual, natural world: their other proclamations have already come true naturally. I would tell him that if he tries to interfere with his own destiny, he will probably end up putting himself off course: especially...

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