LADY MACBETHThat which hath made them drunk hath made me bold:
What hath quench’d them hath given me fire. Hark! Peace!
It was the owl that shriek’d, the fatal bellman,
Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it.
The doors are open; the surfeited grooms.
Do mock their charge with snores. I have drugg’d their possets,
That death and nature do contend about them,
Whether they live or die.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Imagine why Macbeth feels fear to murder Duncan, although he is a warrior who has killed many soldiers in wars. The answer is, I think, killing is his business, but he has killed only the people hostile to his nation, & he recognizes which his king trusts him & which his treason will make him lonesome in Scotland. The audience or the readers do not see how he looks & do not hear what he thinks at the moment. There is no scene which Macbeth murders Duncan in the king’s bedroom. While the plot goes on upstairs (act 2 scene 2), the audience hears his wife thinking, who waits downstairs: