What are four reasons macbeth hesitated to kill the king? So far I think it is because he is a friend, subject, and good person.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Macbeth hesitates because he has sworn his loyalty as a subject to Duncan, because he is related to Duncan (the bonds of family were strong), because he has been treated well by Duncan and has a good reputation, and because he thinks to himself that if the Fates have said he will be Thane of Cawdor and King (one of them having already come true), that he can wait for it to come to him honorably.


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In lines 7 - 25 of Act 1, Scene 7  Macbeth states the arguments against killing Duncan  -

vengeance - the killer will be killed

kinship - to you don't kill your relatives

loyalty - you don't kill your king

hospitality - a host dosen't kill his guest

duncan's goodness - you dont kill a virtuous king 

religion - the killer is damned for eternity

pity and horror - murder is unnatural to innocent humanity and to heaven

hope that helps. i fink its a good answer cos im a brittish kid. ha jks

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