|Faith in Shakespeare|
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Macbeth is a brave and loyal warrior, but he's ambitious. He wants to be King of Scotland, his wife wants him to be King, withches have prophecied that he'll be King, and in this extract he considers killing the present King, Duncan. Notice how the reasons he gives for not doing the evil deed are a mixture of self interested and morally sound. This extract shows Shakespeare's keen grasp of moral principles, his understanding of conscience and human behaviour, and the consequences that follow from bad choices.
If it were done, when
'tis done, then 'twere well,
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1. Discuss how the above speech shows that Shakespeare well understands the workings of conscience.
2. To what extent is Macbeth thinking clearly in this extract?
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