Act 1 scene 6, scene 7

Characters: Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Lenox, Lady Macbeth, Macduff, Rosse, Angus and attendants.  Also Macbeth.

Time: This is at the same time as before, but behind the castle. A while afterwards we learn Duncan has begun eating.

Location: At first we are behind the castle. Then we are in a room off to the side.

Events: Duncan is welcomed Macbeth’s home. This is done by Lady Macbeth. Duncan talks about how sweet the air is, and Banquo agrees greatly. Then we see Macbeth talking to himself…Macbeth nearly convinces himself not to kill Duncan as he is a kinsman, guest, king and more, but Lady Macbeth comes in and begins to convince and insult Macbeth into the killing of  King Duncan. Lady Macbeth decides to get the guards drunk to the point of being in a coma, and then Macbeth can take a knife from a guard and use that to kill the king. Therefore, the guards can be framed for the murder of the king.

Quote:” Your servants ever have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs, in compt, To make their audit at your highness’ pleasure, still to return your own.” This is said by Lady Macbeth who the audience can tell is lying when she says this. By saying this, the audience can learn a bit of how she continues to pretend to be just a servant to the king. What the king believes her to mean is that she and her husband will let the king use their home for his own pleasure. The act one scene 7 quote is: “vaulting ambition, which o’er-leaps itself and falls on the other-… How now! what news?” The first part is said by Macbeth as he slowly realizes how trying to be king is too much ambition, and that it can’t be good for him, when suddenly Lady Macbeth bursts in and interrupts right at the crucial moment of realization.


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