What does the Doctor say to Macbeth about Lady Macbeth’s condition? What is Macbeth’s reaction?

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The doctor tells Macbeth that his wife is very ill, and he cannot cure her. Macbeth reacts angrily, telling the doctor he cannot be bothered by such matters. This is so different than the start of the play when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are shown as a close, loving couple. We know when Macbeth no longer cares about his wife that he is headed for tragedy.

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The Doctor is concerned. (Remember, he has witnessed Lady Macbeth sleepwalking.) When Macbeth asks if there isn't something that the doctor can do- some drug he can give her - anything to make her become healthy again, the doctor replies that there is nothing he can do. He says that her illness is beyond...

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