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After his first meeting with the weird sisters Macbeth was worried that he would be forced to commit murder in order to gain the Scottish crown Since then he seems to have become accustomed to the idea as the body count has rapidly grown The first part of the witches prophecy having already been realized Macbeth fears that the second part may become true He thinks that he must have his friend Banquo and his son eliminated in order to prevent such an occurrence However as Fleances survival implies there is no escape from the witches prophecies In this act Macbeth seems to have assumed the role of Lady Macbeth As he speaks to the murderers Macbeth makes takes advantage of the same expression that Lady Macbeth used to convince him to murder Duncan in Act I scene vii He questions their manhood in order to anger them thus raising their desire to murder Banquo and Fleance to prove that they are in fact men In the following scene Macbeth once more repeats his wifes previous comments Lady Macbeth had earlier mentioned to him that he must look like the innocent flower But be the serpent undert Iv64-65 Now the tables seem to have turned and we find Macbeth reminding his wife to disguise her discomfort as he states that they must make their faces vizards to their hearts Disguising what they are IIIii35-36 However in spite of his demonstrations of courage Macbeth is irrefutably overwhelmed by guilt and doubt He conveys these feelings in his reference to the scorpions in his mind and in declaring that by killing Banquo they have scorched the snake not killed it IIIii13 As her husband grows bolder Lady Macbeth begins to despair It is quite hard to believe that the woman who now attempts to convince her husband to bring the murders to an end is the very same Lady Macbeth who previously encouraged her husband
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