What are three situations in which Macbeth faces dissonance in Macbeth?  

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Macbeth faces a dissonance when he murders Duncan.  He knows that murdering the king is wrong, yet he convinces himself (with some persuasion by Lady Macbeth) that going through with the murder is the only way that he will become king.  The disconnect between Macbeth's morals and his actions cause him to feel extreme guilt immediately following the murder.  Macbeth again faces dissonance when he tells all the thanes to "fly" once he learns that many of them have left his side to fight for the English army.  Macbeth does not want to be abandoned and he wants the love of his men, but his actions are proud and do not reveal his inner thoughts.  Finally, Macbeth falsely assumes that no one can hurt him because he misinterprets the witches' prophecy.  The witches tell him that he needs to use caution--especially around Macduff, but Macbeth disregards all caution when entering into combat with Macduff at the end of the play.

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