Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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SECOND MURDERER

     I am one, my liege,
Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
Have so incensed that I am reckless what
I do to spite the world.

SECOND MURDERER

My lord, I’ve been so kicked around by the world, and I’m so angry, that I don’t even care what I do.

FIRST MURDERER

And I another
115So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune,
That I would set my life on any chance,
To mend it or be rid on ’t.

FIRST MURDERER

I’m the same. I’m so sick of bad luck and trouble that I’d risk my life on any bet, as long as it would either fix my life or end it once and for all.

MACBETH

     Both of you
Know Banquo was your enemy.

MACBETH

You both know Banquo was your enemy.

BOTH MURDERERS

     True, my lord.

BOTH MURDERERS

It’s true, my lord.

MACBETH

So is he mine; and in such bloody distance
120That every minute of his being thrusts
Against my near’st of life. And though I could
With barefaced power sweep him from my sight
And bid my will avouch it, yet I must not,
For certain friends that are both his and mine,
125Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fall
Who I myself struck down. And thence it is,
That I to your assistance do make love,
Masking the business from the common eye
For sundry weighty reasons.

MACBETH

He’s my enemy too, and I hate him so much that every minute he’s alive it eats away at my heart. Since I’m king, I could simply use my power to get rid of him. But I can’t do that, because he and I have friends in common whom I need, so I have to be able to moan and cry over his death in public even though I’ll be the one who had him killed. That’s why I need your help right now. I have to hide my real plans from the public eye for many important reasons.