Macbeth Scene 7

Macbeth Scene 7
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  • This castle is in a pleasant place. The air is sweet and appeals to my refined senses.
  • Everything we’re doing for you, is nothing compared to the honors you have brought to our family. We gladly welcome you as our guest.
  • Where is Macbeth, the thane of Cawdor? We followed closely after him. I hoped to arrive here before him, but he rides swiftly. 
  • Look, here comes our honored hostess! 
  • If this business would really be finished when I did the deed, then it would be best to get it over with quickly. If the assassination of the king could work like a net, sweeping up everything and preventing any consequences, then the murder would be the be-all and end-all of the whole affair, and I would gladly put my soul and the afterlife at risk to do it. But for crimes like these there are still punishments in this world. By committing violent crimes we only teach other people to commit violence, and the violence of our students will come back to plague us teachers. Justice, being equal to everyone, forces us to drink from the poisoned cup that we serve to others. The king trusts me in two ways. First of all, I am his kinsman and his subject, so I should always try to protect him. Second, I am his host, so I should be closing the door in his murderer’s face, not trying to murder him myself to everyone everywhere.  The only thing motivating me is ambition, which makes people rush ahead of themselves toward disaster.
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