In Act 1 Scene 7 of the Shakespearean play, Macbeth started out alone in one of the rooms of his castle at Inverness. He expressed his wish for the murder of King Duncan I […d. August 14, 1040] to be over and done with. He hoped for no need for follow-up action. But he indicated his doubts as to the possibility of no consequences, fallout, ramifications or repercussions..
Macbeth then moved to trying to talk himself out of such a heinous act . He referred to his duties and responsibilities as beneficiary, cousin, employee, host, and subject to his sovereign. He reminded himself of Duncan's reputation as beloved of and respected by his people..
But his good intentions fell by the wayside once his Lady [b. c. 1015] appeared. She didn't accept his argument of losing the goodwill of important people. She compared his changing his mind over murder to changing his mind over his commitment to her. Macbeth tried to introduce the serious consequences of failure . Macbeth's Lady countered with a fail-safe plot of killing the King and his guards. Macbeth tried to suggest that framing the guards for the royal murder wouldn't go over. His Lady countered with their being believable in their grief over their dead King and their righteous fury against the supposed perpetrators. Macbeth gave up . (MORE)