Why do you think Lady Macbeth faints at the end of Act II? no

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Lady Macbeth may actually faint in astonishment that her husband has killed the guards in an act that was not part of their plan in murdering Duncan. She could be shocked that he has acted so boldly when she had to question his manhood in order to provoke him to kill the king.

On the other hand, she may be faking. Recall that Macduff was relucant to tell her about Duncan's murder because the news was too horrible for a woman's ears. Now she can convincingly pretend to faint at the news of the guards' murder when in fact what she is doing is drawing attention away from Macbeth, who has acted rashly and done something that wasn't part of the plan. Notice that Macduff immediately questions why Macbeth killed the guards. Why would Macbeth kill the guards? Right away Macduff is suspicious, and Lady Macbeth sees his concern so perhaps she pretends to faint, to be a delicate woman, so that people will turn to take care of her. Given her behavior earlier in Act 2, it is unlikely that she really faints because she is a strong woman.

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