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In Shakespeares Macbeth Macbeth contemplates murdering his king and friend Duncan Not long after a vicious battle Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches and he is told that he will assume the throne Their prediction encourages Macbeth to act upon is secret desire to obtain the throne as does his insistent wife Lady Macbeth Macbeth must make a choice to pursue his desires but his thoughts revolve around the consequences of committing the crime Clearly throughout his soliloquy Macbeth uses g metaphors and euphemisms as he shifts between considering the consequences of killing King Duncan to uncertainty to resolving that he cannot kill his friend Macbeth understands that there are consequences involved with killing Duncan and as he begins to contemplate the murder his first thoughts detail these consequences Duncan Macbeth feels that he can avoid the penalty of murdering Duncan if it is done quickly and then he can trammel up the consequences In understanding how horrific his plan is Macbeth cannot even bring himself to say what this dreadful sin really is Macbeth fantasizes the ideal situation with images of a net seizing every thing its path seizing even the evidence of his proposed murder He continues with the favorable illusion that with Duncans surcease success would immediately follow Macbeth uses images of life and after-life to show that he is only concerned with what will happen here and wants to jump the life to come Although he does not only consider the unfavorable consequences Macbeth uses spiritual images to note that his soul will receive judgment However he is not concerned with eternal condemnation rather he wants to put aside such thoughts and focus on his earthly success To further complicate the situation Macbeth recognizes that there is still judgment here recognizing that there are added consequences for killing Duncan Duncan is a popular king among the people and Macbeth disputes that killing him will teach bloody instructions that will return
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