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Macbeths state of mind in Act 2 scene 1.

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When Macbeth is talking to Banquo he is pretending to be really casual and not worried about anything. He is trying to look like he is not worried about anything: "I think not of them." This is a lie because he thinks about the three witches all the time. If he told Banquo that he thought about them a lot then Banquo might be even more suspicious than he already is, he is being cautious. Even though Macbeth is acting calm, inside his head there are lots of things going on. He is thinking about the murder that he is about to commit. He is extremely nervous and when Banquo goes he can express his feelings. ...read more.


He is confused because he is wondering why he cannot touch the dagger as well as see it. He starts to compare it to his own dagger: " In form as palpable As this which now I draw." He starts to relate what is happening to the dagger that is similar to the murder that he is about to commit: "Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going, And such an instrument I was to use." He is trying to sort everything out in his head. He is getting even more confused now: "Mine eyes are made fools o'th'other senses, Or else worth all the rest." ...read more.


He starts to be aware that this murder has got to be done skilfully: " Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear Thy very stones prate of my whereabout." He realises people might be able to hear his footsteps, he is a bit worried but then pulls himself together: " Whiles I threat he lives; Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives." Macbeth decides that Duncan is not going to die if he just talks about the murder. Actions speak louder than words. He is prepared to commit the murder now because sooner is better than later. Then he is ready to do the deed: "Hear it not Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell." Then Macbeth goes to commit the murder. ...read more.

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