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too have seen instances where generals becoming kings or trying
to become kings in the recent history.
With the pressure of the prophesies becoming too much to
bear alone, he writes to Lady Macbeth about them while going
to see the King of Scotland, King Duncan. Lady Macbeth, a
vicious childless woman, put venom into the prophecies and
plans to kill the ageing king and make Macbeth the King.
Macbeth, being a kinder person, hesitates to kill the king after
the latter pays a visit to the former’s castle but Lady Macbeth
induces him not to lose the opportunity. With much uncertainty
and hesitation, Macbeth kills King Duncan and his chamber
guards and put the responsibility of the murder on the guards.
Macduff, the King’s loyal Thane of Fife suspects Macbeth
but doesn’t show it. Duncan’s sons Malcolm and Donalbin flee
to England and Ireland for fear of death as whoever killed the
king could murder his sons as well. But Macbeth takes this as an
opportunity to become the king as there is no heir to the throne.
He also puts the blame of killing the king on his own sons.
Though Macbeth becomes the king as he aspires, he is still
suspicious of Banquo, the general, as the prophecies mentioned
that his sons will be kings. So, he invites Banquo and his son
Fleance to a dinner and in the meantime hires two murderers to
kill the father and the son. Banquo gets killed but his son flees
the scene. Even though Banquo was killed his ghost haunts
Macbeth’s castle and Macbeth is greatly disturbed.
Macduff also flees to England. Macbeth orders Macduff’s
castle be seized and sends murderers to slaughter Macduff’s
wife and children. Lady Macduff and her young son are
murdered cold-bloodedly.
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