Macbeth kills the guards for no reason

Macbeth kills the guards for no reason

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  • Oh, yet I do repent me of my fury, That I did kill them. (Act2.3 l108-109)
  • Wherefore did you so? (Act 2.3 l109)
  • Who can be wise, amazed, themp'rate and furious, loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man. (Act 2.3 l110-111)
  • Macbeth explains that he killed the guards to Macduff and Lennox, after everyone discovers that King Duncan was murdered, and thinks the guards killed him.
  • This surprises both of them, because they thought killing the guards was unprompted. Macduff asks Macbeth why he killed the guards.
  • Macbeth explains that he did it because he was overcome with anger at the guards, which he thought killed King Duncan. This is a lie. The truth is that Macbeth killed King Duncan, and is using this as a cover story.
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