What does Macbeth's decision to have Banquo and his son murdered reveal about Macbeth's character?
A. That he has become more comfortable with killing in order to keep his throne
B. That he is afraid the people of Scotland will turn on him
C. That he has forgotten he was responsible for Duncan's murder
D. That he has started to worry about what will happen to his friends
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Macbeth was persuaded into the murders against his will in Act 1 Scene 7, and never was really comfortable with them. Immediately after killing Duncan he says "Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst." which shows he regrets it already. At the same time he hears a voice which says "Sleep no more".
When contemplating the murder of Banquo he reflects on the witches' prophecy that Banquo's heirs will become king and says, "for Banquo's issue have I fil'd my mind, for them the gracious Duncan have I murdered, put rancours in the vessel of my peace . . ." His mind is "filed" and his peace is disturbed. He finds the price he is paying for his guilt too high just for him to become king--he wants more reward for his pain. Later he says to Lady Macbeth that he would rather be dead than suffer "these terrible dreams that shake us nightly."
After the ghost of Banquo appears, Lady M says "You lack the season of all natures, sleep." She's noticed he's not sleeping too well too. Half of Macbeth wishes he had never embarked on this career of murder, and the other half tells him he is already committed and cannot go back now. "I am in blood stepped so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er."
Macbeth becomes a murder addict: he cannot stop and he wishes he had never started. Eventually his peace of mind, his ability to sleep and everything else worth living for is stripped away. What is especially sad is that Macbeth sees it happening and comments on it, from "I have fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf . . ." to the recognition of the complete meaninglessness of his life in the chilling "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. 'Tis a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Macbeth is in Hell and he knows it.
speeches contain rhyme and a meter that is different from the speech of other characters.
A. Lady Macbeth's
C. The murderers'