Immediately before the order , in Act 2 Scene1 , we find Macbeth struggling against his guilty conscience at
the thought of committing the heinous crime,murdering Duncan.Macbeth’s thoughts waver to such an extent
that imaginary illusions are created by his ‘heat oppressed brain’. After discussing the crime with Lady
Macbeth , he decides to go through with the ‘terrible feat’.
As Macbeth advances towards Duncan’s bedchamber, he encounters Banquo, who like Macbeth has gained
military glory, promising prophecies from the witches and praise from the king. Banquo is feeling uneasy and
is not able to sleep but when Macbeth appears out of the darkness,he openly shares his thoughts about the
‘merciful powers, Restrain in the cursed thoughts that nature gives in way to response’ clearly showing that
the meeting with the witches has left a lasting impression on Banquo’s mind and he is deeply disturbed by
the workings of his subconscious mind in his dreams. Macbeth, who is deeply obsessed by the witches
claims never to think about them. ‘I think not of them.’ They agree to continue their conversation later.
Banquo converses politely and passes on Duncan’s compliments to Macbeth and a diamond for his wife.
Macbeth advises Banquo to side with him in the future. ‘If you shall cleave to my consents, when’tis it shall