Macbeth Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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Why aren't Macbeth and Lady Macbeth happy being king and queen? Cite evidence to support your opnion.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not happy being king and queen because they experience guilt and remorse for their actions. Assassinating King Duncan was a traumatic event, which mentally and emotionally disturbs Macbeth and his wife. Macbeth also becomes obsessed with cementing his title as king and worries that Banquo's prophecy will come to fruition. He becomes focused on vanquishing his political enemies while Lady Macbeth descends into madness.

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After receiving the witches' seemingly favorable prophecies, Macbeth reluctantly executes his wife's plan and succumbs to his ambition by assassinating King Duncan. Immediately after murdering the king, Macbeth is visibly shaken and emotionally distraught. He is overwhelmed with guilt and regrets committing regicide. Although Macbeth attains the title King of Scotland, he recognizes that he has not solidified his legacy and fears that Banquo 's prophecy will come to fruition. The thought of Banquo's descendants inheriting the throne causes Macbeth significant anxiety. Macbeth reveals his inner turmoil...

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