Monday, September 19, 2011

Insecurities

1. Describe places, people, or events that make you feel insecure or uncertain. How do you tend to act when you’re feeling insecure?

2. Macbeth is also plagued by his insecurities. Why do you think he is haunted by the ghost of Banquo, but NOT by the ghost of Duncan? Think of at least two reasons.

3. Before deciding to murder both Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth delivers two long monologues. Reread the last few lines of each monologue (51, 87).

Why do you think Macbeth is so concerned with whether or not they will go to heaven or hell?

54 comments:

  1. Many people have different ways and scenarios where they feel insecure. For me, I feel insecure when I'm surrounded by people who are older then me (but not that old) and I'm the only person my age. It makes me feel left out and "uncool".I'm also insecure around people I don't know. This scenario makes me feel quite different. I don't feel as outgoing as I usually am and therefore sometimes go in a "corner" and watch the action rather then be in the action. The way I act applies to both of these scenarios. I act shy, and don't usually try to talk unless spoken to.

    I have not read this scene yet but I will take an "educated" guess! I think that since Macbeth and Banquo were so close it lingers in his conscience more then killing Duncans would. They were such great friends and killing a friend is not the normal thing a human would do. He also was rewarded tremendously with Duncans murder by becoming King. Banquos murder, in my opinion was not needed and therefore Macbeth sees his ghost.

    I think that Macbeth cares if they go to heaven or hell because since he has done such a cruel dead, the least he can do for them is to make sure their souls were safe. In act three scene 4 lines 87-90 Macbeth says "Why, care I? if thou canst nod, speak too. If charnel houses and our graves must send those that we bury back, our monuments shall be the maws of kite". To summarize this quote Macbeth is saying If burial vaults give the dead back to the world, then we should throw our bodies to the birds. He feels as though this should not happen to Duncan or Banquo. He wants them to rest peacefully.

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  2. I am insecure when I meet people in groups. I'm insecure when I am in a group with no one I know, especially if there is no one my age. When I'm insecure, I tend to say stupid things, laugh at everything, and blurt out random answers. That's usually if I awkwardly try to be cool. If I feel like sinking into the background, I usually busy myself with my phone or my hair.

    Like Sarah, I haven't read this scene, but I assume it is because of their relationship, and Macbeth's deteriorating mental health. When he killed Duncan, he was in a fit of rage and power. He knew (or thought) that that was necessary for him to be king. But, by the time he killed Banquo, he was pretty insane. He also probably realized after the murder that killing Banquo was really an act of nervousness, rather than an efficient way to be king without worry.
    With the king, Macbeth was his servant, and Macbeth was just an annoying thing in his way. But with Banquo, Macbeth was closer to him, and was guiltier about his death. However, I just assume this as I have not read this scene.

    I think Macbeth cares not so much about where they go, but saying the words. I think when Macbeth says that they will go to heaven or to hell after a murder, it gives him a sense of power. Right at that moment, he is filled with the lust of murder, and when he says those words, it gives him a power similar to what God's would be. Really, those words just show how much power he is gaining.

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  3. I feel insecure when I am with older teens that I don’t know or when I didn’t study for a test. Being with older teens makes me feel young and out of place, causing me to analyze everything I say. When I don’t study for a test, I feel unsure of the material and have to guess. I feel insecure about my answers because I don’t have pure fact to support it and double guess myself. In these situations I tend to be quieter, and sometimes my face turns red. Also, sometimes I shake my foot nervously.

    I think Macbeth is plagued by insecurities and the ghost of Banquo but not the ghost of Duncan because he and Banquo were such great friends. Like Emily, I think that he felt more guilty about killing Banquo because he knew Banquo better and had a connection with him. I think that with Duncan, Macbeth had a central goal to work off; he wanted to become king. But when he ordered the murder of Banquo, he was working off what might happen. Also, he was indecisive about killing Duncan but basically killed Banquo out of cold blood. He recognized that he was becoming more evil, more of a killer.

    I think Macbeth wants to justify killing Duncan and Banquo, and that is why he is so obsessed with whether or not they go to heaven or hell. He thinks that if they go to heaven, he is actually doing them a favor and saving them from a sinful, horrid human life. I agree with Sarah that he wants to make sure their souls are safe, so that he can justify he is doing the right thing. Also, I think that Macbeth thinks that if he is sending them to hell he is saving the world from a bad presence, so even if they go to hell he is doing the right thing. No matter what, he can justify his actions.

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  4. Everyone feels insecure at one point of their life, place, or even around just one person. For me I get shy and tend to stare at my shoes a great deal or mess around with my phone. But I can never tell what specific situation makes me be more/less insecure since it tends to be very sporadic. For example, on the first day of school I was nervous thus insecure, but during orientation I was the most talkative person in the group. I suppose I am less insecure when I am around people who are just as insecure as me. Macbeth is most likely haunted by the ghost Banquo instead of Duncan because he was forced to kill Banquo to keep what power he gained by killing Duncan. The death of the king was a necessary step, but killing Banquo was a part of the aftermath Macbeth did not realize/foresee at the time. Banquo was also there with him in the beginning when the three weird sisters gave to them the prophecy; they have been through a lot of strange stuff together and had grown closer because of it. Macbeth is concerned whether or not they will go to heaven or hell because he wants to justify why he is committing these acts, to have a more reasonable or substantial reason for murdering them to keep his throne, other than his own selfish desires. He doesn’t want to admit to himself he has done something wrong and won’t realize that it will come back to bite him later.

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  6. When I feel insecure, I tend to act a little bit more shy and quieter. I also tend to stay away from any action or conversation that is going on around me. Some things that make me uncomfortable are, like any other girl, is when I don't feel pretty enough or worthy enough. It sounds silly, but its true. Almost every girl feels insecure when she is around someone that she thinks is prettier or better than herself. Other things that make me uncomfortable are meeting new people or trying to impress others. I think that Macbeth is haunted by Banquo but not by Duncan because Duncan was just the king, and Macbeth wasn't very close or had a personal connection with Duncan. But Macbeth and Banquo were friends, you might even say best friends, and because they had that personal relationship, Macbeth feels guilty. That's why Banquo haunts Macbeth, but not Duncan, but I just assume this because I haven't read that particular scene yet. I think that Macbeth wants to know where his friends will truly go. I think that he thinks that if they go to heaven, then he will surely go to hell. Macbeth thinks that Duncan will go to heaven because he was king and he has favor with God. I also think that he wants to justify why he killed them both. He does this by saying, Oh they will just go to heaven, so it's all good. He doesn't want to feel guilty, and he's slowly using his mental health, so he goes on and on about whether or not they will go to heaven or to hell. Really, he just wants to be done with the acts and move on to being king.

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  7. Insecurity can come from all sorts of different things. For me, I am insecure when I am around people who are older than me or have had more experience then me at whatever we were doing. I tend to not make any eye contact and fidget with something. Its hard for me to start a conversation when I clearly am very different from the person I am talking to.

    I have not read this far but I think that Macbeth is haunted more by Banquo more than Duncan because the two were friends outside of their duties and responsibilities. He killed his friend, someone he was once close with and could trust. When Macbeth killed Duncan, he achieved his goal of being king, but when he killed Banquo, he didn't gain anything else,only protecting his crown.
    Macbeth is concerned as to whether they will go to heaven or hell because he had done something awful. He was bringing others down on his way to the top. I think that Macbeth wants them to end up where they deserve to end up. He didn't necessarily want to bring them down as individuals, so wanting them to rest peacefully is his way of justifying the murders.

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  8. I usually get fidgety, insecure and uncertain when I am alone with one simple person that I really don't know all that well. I usually try to make small talk and if they say anything at all my response is a uncertain laugh and then I just continue sitting there. I feel this way because I always feel like I have to leave a good impression, but when I am in the moment, I have no idea what to talk to the person about.

    Macbeth is probably haunted by Banquo and not Duncan because Duncan was the king, which means he was sent by God to do his duties as king. Macbeth somehow believes that since these events have occured, Duncan is so holy that his spirit will have no problem finding heaven. Also, Macbeth and Banquo had a very personal relationship of trust coming from friendship, whereas Duncan and Macbeth were just cousins. Macbeth is so concerned on whether or not the spirits will go to heaven or hell because determining on where they end up going, he will either feel remorse and guilt or feel like he actually did what he had to to and that it was the right thing.

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  9. I feel most insecure when I am with people I do not know. For example, when we did Link Crew the Friday before school started, I felt very awkward because I did not know anyone in my group. The problem is, when I feel that insecure, I make no effort to try to talk with someone or even interact with them. My number one goal is to remain invisible. Like Macy, I am also extremely shy when I don't feel as pretty or popular as another girl. It can be so awkward to have to sit next to a cheerleader or a really pretty girl sometimes. I feel so embarrassed like I don't deserve to sit that close to them. I act super shy and probably come across as unsocial.

    I think the reason Macbeth is haunted by Banquo is because Banquo was his best friend. Imagine having all this power but no one to be there when needed. Macbeth certainly could not talk to Lady Macbeth because she would only laugh and call him unmanly. Only a friend like Banquo can understand and now Macbeth has killed him off. Another reason why Macbeth is being haunted by Banquo's ghost is because at this point, Macbeth has gone completely insane. I do not even think he can fully comprehend what he is doing. When he decided to kill King Duncan, he was already a little crazy. However, since then, he has become a psycho.

    I think Macbeth is so obsessed with whether Banquo and King Duncan will go to heaven or to hell because he feels that if he kills them, it is fate that will decided whether they go to heaven or hell. He feels that he will be doing them a favor if the end up in heaven, but it is their own fault if they end up in hell. He probably uses it as a justification to help him get past the immoral act so that he can just get it over with.

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  10. It's usually when I get stuck in a situation where I am with people who I believe have really high expectations of me that I get insecure. Or when I feel that what I do in front of them is how they will brand me forever. I tend to fidget and avoid eye contact or attempt to escape from the situation. One of my biggest farsi is playing an instrument or speaking in front of other people I don't know well.

    I believe Macbeth may be haunted by Banquo and not Duncan because he was in a fit of rage as he murdered the latter and had everything running so smoothly in his mind that he may not really reflect upon it as much. He was well acquainted with the idea of killing Duncan whereas he may have not really familiarized or premeditated the killing of Banquo.

    I think Macbeth is concerned for Banquo and Duncan after death because he was very close to the two of them and wants to be sure that they will go to a good place after perishing. He may have also been looking for a sense of justification that the fact that he murdered them was acceptable as they were off on their trips to Heaven and would be happy there.

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  11. Insecurities are a big part of what makes up who we are and our personality, everyone has insecurities no matter the size. A place where I tend to be the most insecure is when I go shopping, especially with friends. Now you might say well you’re with your friends aren’t they supposed to be nice and supportive of you? I’m not saying that I have bad friends, I'm saying that all my friends are tinier than me. When we go over to American eagle to buy new jeans they try on all the zero sizes and sometimes they don’t even fit into the zero! While I have to get a two or three. I know you’re not supposed to feel insecure about your body and “everyone is built differently” but I can’t help feel a petite bit of jealousy. I think Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banquo because Banquo was Macbeth’s best friend, they have gone through battle together and he is the only one who knows about Macbeth’s prophecy.And that is why Macbeth murdered him in the first place, he states that Banquo was “the only man I ever feared” and his insecurity about being king and staying kind gave him the motivation to murder his best friend. As Banquo is dying he yells to his son “get revenge later”. So when Fleance escapes murder Macbeth gets a thought in his head that he can still be taken down from royalty and that Banquo will do anything to get revenge on Macbeth. If he was haunted by Duncan he wouldn’t need to worry because he is dead and the dead can’t get revenge.
    The reason I assume Macbeth cares whether they go to heaven or hell is as he said earlier that he is jealous of the king because he is at rest and doesn’t have to deal with all the drama and dangers in life that Macbeth is facing. Macbeth would want them to go to hell instead of heaven because he doesn’t want murdering them to put them out of misery he wants them to suffer through pain just like he is.

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  12. A situation that makes me feel insecure is when a friend introduces me to another friend. At first, it's great and exciting. However, after the group leaves and it's just me and that "new" friend left, things can get awkward. But what I find is the most helpful is to be friendly and nice. Maybe even funny too, this gets me out of my comfort zone a little bit, especially if they don't laugh. In general, I try to find some common ground, such as talking about classes.
    Macbeth has committed the "direst of cruelties" and it is definitely affecting him mentally. He feels guilty for both of his murders, King Duncan and Banquo. However, the guilt weighs down on him more on the latter killing. Yes, Duncan was an authority and high on the social ladder, but Banquo was a friend to him. And what did Macbeth do? He killed Banquo! He not only terminated his life, but terminated their friendship in one of the most extreme ways.
    Later Macbeth is very concerned over if not KIng Duncan and Banquo will go to heaven. This is where empathy comes in. The murders were commited under the hands of Macbeth, he was the one controlling whether if not the two men died. His concern and wonder is his last good hope for his victims. It's like a lost cause, he wishes them the best although they are already dead and there's nothing he can do to reverse his actions.

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  13. I feel most uncomortable when I am with people I don't know or with people that I know are doing bad things and not making good choices. When something bad is going on or when I am not used to being around the people I am with, I feel very uncomfortable and uncertain about my position. When I feel insecure I get really quiet and hang back from the group. I don't participate in conversations and I usually whip out my phone and use it as an excuse to exclude myself from the group. I don't deal with awkword and uncomfortable situations very well so I shrink back into my close friends and refrain from speaking.
    I think that Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banqou and not the ghost of Duncan because he and Banquo were best friends, almost like brothers. They had a relationship that would be hard to break, and killing your best friend is a terrible, terrible crime. Killing King Duncan was obviously horrible too but Macbeth really had no valid reason to kill Banquo and it was an act made out of insanity. Macbeth is now paranoid about every part of the profecy and is thirsting for blood.
    I think Macbeth is so concerned about whether King Duncan and Banquo will go to heaven or to hell because the actions he is about to go through with are terrible and the very worst crime a human can commit. He is trying to reasure himself that if they went to heaven it would make things a little easier to bare since they would be in a better place and surely if they did go to hell it would be their own fault. I think his concern is more of a helpful reminder to himself about what will happen to them after they are dead so he doesn't feel so horrible.

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  14. Insecurity flies my way when I am placed in unfamiliar situations. A few of these include putting myself "out there" and opening myself to meet new friends, walking into a classroom knowing there is a test that I have not studied for, or acting properly when I am accompanied by those of a higher social status. I believe people who think they are better than others are complete jerks, but I don't think anyone can stop that miniscule urge to be one of "them". When I feel insecure, it's pretty obvious because although I don't crawl into a little personal shell, I tend to push away from the source of my insecurity.
    I too have not reached this point in the story, but if this is true, than Macbeth would feel haunted because he had a loyalty and a trust connection with Banquo that he did not have as strongly with the King. Ironically, I think Macbeth was more loyal to his friend Banquo than he was to the king. Couldn't this happen with every one of us that we put more value into our loyalty to our friends than to el presidente who we have never even spoken to? Also, Macbeth does not gain anything by murdering Banquo, except for protection of the throne, where as by murdering Duncan he got a throne, and the peoples loyalty. I think that he almost unconsciously decided to murder Banquo without even thinking of other options. He insists on making the prophecy come true as a posed to letting it unfold itself. It's like forcing miracle grow on a flower instead of waiting for its true beauty by letting it unfold when its ready.
    Why would Macbeth be concerned with the after life of his victims? Returning to my earlier point, it's because he almost unconsciously decided to get obsessed by murder. Although he was heartless enough to murder them both, he knew neither deserved this fate, and so maybe he makes himself feel better about his deeds by hoping for a better life after they died.

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  15. I feel most insecure when I’m in a situation that is challenging for me and around people who act differently based on who is standing next to them. When I’m really stretched to meet new people or do something out of my “comfort zone,” I often act very shy and reserved and am unwilling to take the next step. When I’m with someone who acts differently around me than other people, I often am insecure about what that person thinks of me and I often become as before, very shy.

    Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banquo rather than the ghost of King Duncan because of his relationship with Banquo and the unnecessary killing of Banquo. Due to the close relationship that Macbeth once held with Banquo, the guilt of killing Banquo weighs on him more heavily. The betrayal causes the cruelty to be all the more cruel. Also, in Macbeth’s mind the justification for murdering Banquo is not as sound as the killing of King Duncan as Macbeth needed to commit the deed to get what he wanted and fulfill the prophecy told to him.

    Macbeth is concerned about whether his victims will go to heaven or hell because of the guilt that he is experiencing. He is so guilty that he wishes King Duncan and Banquo to go to heaven, even though when they were alive he saw them as hindrances to his goals. He is also concerned about their fate because he knows that his fate will not be a positive one.

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  16. I think different circumstances make different people insecure. I used to be really insecure when I was the only person in a big huge group of people that I didn’t know everyone. When I was in big groups of people I didn’t know it made me feel left out. So I used to just be really quiet and stay to myself and not go out and introduce myself. Once I realized that this was not going to get better or that I wouldn’t meet new people by just sitting there things got a lot better. Even starting with just introducing myself to a couple people was better than no one. Slowly I came more and more out of my shell and now I am pretty open to meeting new people and I like that!
    Like a few other people we haven’t discussed this in class yet, but I went ahead and read it. Macbeth is haunted at his dinner party by the ghost of Banquo, who Macbeth had recently hired two murderers to kill. I think that Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banquo but not the ghost of King Duncan because Banquo was more of a friend to Macbeth. He was supportive and happy when Macbeth did good things. Also Macbeth saw Banquo’s ghost because Macbeth made the decision on his own to kill Banquo he had no outside influence like he did with Lady Macbeth when killing Duncan. He had more guilt because of his closeness to Banquo and the fact that he is turning malicious and is a killing spree. The number of people that he has killed or attempted to kill is slowly but surely adding up.
    I believe that Macbeth is so concerned about whether or not King Duncan and Banquo will go to heaven or to hell because it somehow gives him a justification of his actions. If they go to hell then Macbeth feels he has done the world a favor by getting an awful man off the planet. If they go to heaven then he also feels good about himself because then he did them a favor by sending them to a better place. Either way Macbeth is doing his hardest to try and make himself look good.

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  17. I feel that places like the DMV and the line for the bathroom at the football or baseball game are places where I feel insecure. The DMV is, to me, a very insecure place, with all the people who probably lost their licenses for some bad reason. They all looked very threatening and eager to get out of there. Trust me, I was too! When I feel insecure, I tend to act nervous, maybe a little aggrivated, and definately very reserved. I really want to find someone I know who I can talk to as someone who will be there for me.

    I think that Banquo's ghost haunts Macbeth and not Duncan's because Banquo meant more to Macbeth than Duncan. Macbeth relied on Banquo as a friend, a leader, and a motivator. But Macbeth was only a servant to Duncan and didn't require as much from him as Banquo. Duncan also might mot want to haunt Macbeth because of the simple reason that he might have done the same thing had Duncan been in Macbeth's shoes, making him not regret the actions of Macbeth against him. However, Banquo may be haunting him because he wants Macbeth to feel guilty about taking the kinship away from his sons.

    Perhaps Macbeth is trying to justify his actions by thinking that if the person he is going to kill will go to heaven, then they will be in a better place than there place on earth. But he is also concerned that they will go to hell and be permanently tortured by fire because Macbeth's ambitions got the best of him, and the job that Macbeth carried out would backfire on him. So when he died, he would see them in either heaven or hell.

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  18. 1. There are many things that make me personally feel insecure. Things that make me insecure are people around my age that I don’t know, being in an unfamiliar place, and being with older teenagers that I don’t know. When I get nervous or insecure I usually want to crawl up in a box and disappear and my posture looks like it. For lack of better words, I “fold myself up” and become very shy and quiet, very contradicting from my usual self.

    2. I think he is haunted by the ghost of Banquo and not Duncan for several reasons. I believe that the primary reason for this is that Banquo is almost the “straw that broke the camel’s back”. In other words, it was the second murder on his head that just pushed him over the edge with guilt. The other reason was that it seemed that Macbeth was much closer a friend to Banquo than he was to Duncan.

    3. I think he is so concerned whether or not they go to heaven or hell for one simple reason. He is so concerned about it because he wants the shame and guilt off of his head. He does not want to be “haunted” by the thought or the actual spirit of the murdered (as we saw happened with Banquo).

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  20. I usually feel very insecure when I am with people I don’t know. I act very reserved because I am afraid that I will make a bad impression or they won’t like me. Sometimes I feel like if I say the wrong thing then they won’t talk to me.
    Duncan was someone who was above Macbeth. Macbeth looked up to him and was loyal to him. But Banquo trusts Macbeth as a friend so by killing Banquo, Macbeth is cutting off their trust and Banquo might come back to haunt Macbeth for doing that. There is also the possibility that Banquo knew about the prophecy and Duncan didn’t. So therefore Banquo would know that Macbeth killed him because of his greed for power and haunting him would be revenge.
    Maybe because if they go to hell, he won’t feel so bad about killing them. But if they go to heaven then he would feel more guilty because he was murdering good people.

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  21. When I feel that I am inferior and not perfect compared to who I am with, I feel insecure. I also feel insecure when I do not study for a test, or try and make new friends when I know it will be hard. I tend to act a little defensive when I am insecure, but I try to stay out of these insecurities as much as possible. I do not believe that people truly try to make others feel insecure unless they are bullies, but when it happens, there is no avoiding it. In the tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth is insecure about the murder of Duncan as well as Banquo, but really is only too concerned about the death of Banquo. Since the “Three Weird Sisters” told him that he would be king, Macbeth pretty much assumed that he should kill Duncan so that this would become reality. He accepted this more as fate, and not a doing of himself. He also gained something when he committed the crime of murdering King Duncan: the throne. On the flip side, by killing Banquo, Macbeth does not really gain anything besides more insecurities and more blood on his hands. Banquo is also more personal. For most of Macbeth’s life as we know it, Banquo has been with Macbeth as a best friend and sidekick. Now Macbeth has to kill his best friend to make sure that the prophecy of Banquo’s sons becoming rulers does not come true. He feels that Banquo would definitely not approve of the way he is doing things, and knows that by killing his best friend he has committed a crime almost greater than killing the king himself. He is so wound up in sorrow of sending men to kill Banquo, an innocent man, that he is tricked by his mind into believing in Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth is so worried that Banquo and King Duncan will go to heaven or hell because he knows that once he kills them, those will be the next and only places they can go. I believe that he desires them both to go to heaven, because he killed them both, innocent men, in cold blood with no real reason. He feels sorry that he did what he did, so he wishes them well in the afterlife. He also feels like if they go to heaven, a burden will be off his shoulders because he has sent them to a better place, and not to a horrible place in their death from this world.

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  22. I think that in most situations we feel uncertain, whether it’s from the people or the place, or just being uncertain about making the right decisions. Usually there are people we don’t know and we have even more uncertainty about those people. i believe that we act like timid versions of ourselves. Not wanting to tell or say a lot, being very closed ad almost shutting down. Most times for me, it just gets really awkward and I just don’t know what to say. Macbeth, even more so since the beginning of the story, shows so much uncertainty and insecurity. Most if not all of it pertaining to the murders. I believe that there are many reasons that he is haunted by the ghost of Banquo and not the ghost of Duncan. i think Banquo meant more to Macbeth than Duncan. Banquo was his best friend, while Duncan, although important to him, wasn’t as important as Banquo. Like at school, your teachers are important to you but they will never proceed your friends. Also, Macbeth has more time to think about killing Banquo and it appeared more planned there for there was more time for those feelings of guilt and regret, that we saw in the killing of Duncan, to really sink in and eat away at Macbeth. I think he’s so concerned with whether they go to heaven or hell because Macbeth trusted both of them and as we saw in the beginning of the book, be had so much loyalty for Duncan and I believe that he feels as if he’s done a disservice to them and he knows that they haven’t done anything to deserve it. He is concerned because although he wishes all these bad things upon them, he has that guilt and that wants them to end up in a good place even if he’s going to kill them.

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  23. I am insecure with teenage guys I don't know or that has a leadership swagger about them. I like to be the leader there and if I feel challenged I tend to be that kid in the corner who is watching the group. Almost like the peacemaker.
    Macbeth is not haunted by the ghost of Duncan because of the relationship they had. Macbeth was a subject to him, someone who was loyal and would die for him. And Macbeth was that loyal servant and never had connection with him. But Banquo was his best friend. Macbeth hired mercenaries to kill his best friend, who didn't even stop Macbeth's plan.
    Macbeth is so obsessed with the fact that they both go to heaven because he both still cares about them and he feels his guilt going against him. He knows he did a sinful deed by killing them both and he wants them to both go to heaven.

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  24. Insecurity is a gargantuan part of my life. Pretty much any awkward or annoying situation will make me feel insecure. Such things as talking to people I don’t know or answering a question during the first day of class at a new school. I am naturally a paranoid individual, therefore causing insecurity. I definitely believe that others feel insecurity, but not at my level. Unless they don’t let it show on the outside, which I most certainly do.
    Macbeth is insane by this point; I doubt anyone would argue with this statement. The fact that he would kill his best friend and the king just because of what three old women told him is preposterous. The point that he feels insecurity is no surprise to me. As to the reasoning behind his haunting by Banquo, this is no surprise to me as well. Banquo was in some ways Macbeth’s best friend. Macbeth hired two assassins to murder him; wouldn’t you think you were being haunted by his ghost? Of course, we aren’t all maniacs and wouldn’t think we are being haunted, but the guilt would tear us apart. Another huge reason is that Macbeth believes Duncan will go to heaven. He states this again and again. Believing in this, it probably makes Macbeth feel much better about what he has done.
    As I stated before, Macbeth wants to believe they will go to heaven so that he won’t feel guilty anymore. He wants to have a clean conscience, rather than the bloodstained, guilty conscience he owns now. Relying on the idea that they have an enhanced life in heaven will make him feel better about the bestial murders of his best friend, and his monarch.

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  25. I usually insecure or scared when I'm alone in an area I have never been before. When something out of the ordinary happens I get very insecure with myself. For example, when I was in The Louvre in Paris they had to do a lock down because someone could have smuggled a weapon into the museum. All I wanted to do was get out of there as fast as possible. I didn't panic but I was definitely very worried inside. When I feel uncertain I am usually very quiet my thoughts to myself. However I ignore other people and I just try and get somewhere else.

    Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banquo instead of Duncan because while Duncan and Macbeth knew each other Banquo and Macbeth were almost best friends. Macbeth orders the murderers to kill Banquo and his son almost mercilessly and since I have not read much further I am inferring that Macbeth feels sorry for his actions. His best friend would come back to haunt him because this would prey on his already many insecurities. Another reason could be that Duncan really did go straight to heaven as Macbeth had predicted but Banquo is stuck in between earth and heaven. Banquo has done bad things in his life and this could be his punishment.

    Like what Rebekah said earlier I believe that Macbeth was trying to justify his actions. However he also has sympathy, as he wishes for his friend Banquo to go to heaven, showing a glimpse of Macbeth before he had met the witches. Jordan worded it perfectly when he said that he was trying to convince himself that he was doing a good thing like sending each of them to a better place than earth. If they did he would have less guilt and it would be easier for him to run the kingdom.

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  26. 1)When I'm insecure with different people I tend to act a little more shy, and I keep to myself a lot more than I usually would. I also look down a lot and avoid eye contact. The situation really depends on who I'm with and where I'm at. In loud situations I'm usually a lot more outgoing and obnoxious than usual, but if it's a silent atmosphere I feel uncomfortable and awkward.
    2) I think Macbeth is more concerned with the future events that involve Banquo not only because of the witches prophecy, but for the constant worry that his actions against King Duncan would've been for no good purpose at all if he was successfully eliminated from the throne. However it does have to do with a great deal of the witches prophecy. Because all the said events have taken place so far, Macbeth is wondering if he can take destiny into his own hands now to intervene, so therefore he is more worried about Banquo's acitons.
    3) I think Macbeth is contemplating the destiny of Banquo and King Duncan, because in his thought process, if they were already damned to go to hell, then he would've really been the middleman speeding along the process. He can't deal with his guilty consicous so instead he comes up with any form of release to constantly escape from his own descions, and once he's spilled blood and hid it, he has to keep anyone else quiet.

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  27. I feel most insecure when I’m with a new group of people. I act shy, mostly trying to fit in, even though that is not me at all. I have not read the scene where the ghosts haunt them but I believe that it is going to be his sub-conscious telling him that he did wrong when he killed Banquo. Banquo did not deserve to die. Duncan is not haunting him because he is doing his duties in heaven. Macbeth is concerned whether he will go to heaven or hell because he killed a king, someone who is believed to have been put in this position by God and Macbeth is concerned that God might send him to hell after this deed has been done.

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  28. Insecurity sets in for me when I find myself in a situation in which I feel that I am being critiqued for my every word or action. This usually happens around people that I do not know very well, or that I am not sure accept me for who I really am. When this occurs, I tend to become a passive bystander to the conversation or event. My instincts reason that if I do not take part, then I cannot make the wrong move. Unfortunately, this becomes a never ending cycle, as this lack of action takes away my opportunity to conquer the obstacle and make myself more familiar.
    Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banquo rather than the ghost of Duncan because of the more personal relationship he has with the first. Banquo is Macbeth's "right-hand man," and so the loss of this companion elevates the negative impact that Macbeth directly feels. On the other hand, Duncan was seen as only an obstacle in Macbeth's path to success, and the murder was viewed as a necessary sacrifice. Also, the killing of Banquo was not truly essential to preventing the prophecy from being realized, as it was his children that posed a threat to the throne. Macbeth is overcome with guilt at this moment too, as he knows that he lost a trustworthy friend for what may have not even been a valid reason. In fact, he feels that he may have gotten carried away, intensifying his emotions even further.
    Anxiety about the final fate of Duncan and Banquo is Macbeth's method for expressing the immense guilt he feels for the murders he commits. By claiming that the pair of them will go to heaven, he admits that they do not deserve this horrid fate, and that they are pure, unlike himself. Also, the statements that he makes are a way of releasing the final inklings of doubt he has left. Deciding that they will go to heaven justifies his actions, saying that they will continue to lead a blessed and joyous existence.

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  29. I feel insecure when I am meeting new people. I do not talk unless someone talks to me and I always have my arm across my body holding my other arm. I do not really care what people think about me and therefore I am pretty much secure almost everywhere.

    I think he is because he and Banquo were great friends and he knew him better than Duncan. I think that Macbeth had a mission to kill Duncan but he only felt the need to kill Banquo because Macbeth was afraid that he would lose the crown. I think that Macbeth is worried with whether or not they will go to heaven or to hell because he wants to make sure his friend is in a good place; and that he also wants to justify murdering Duncan by thinking that he will be in heaven.

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  30. I don’t know why but many things make me feel a little bit insecure. Places that I have never been to and my football games make me feel a little insecure. I either get really nervous or I am unsure what to do because everything is just so different. I act a little bit different than I usually do; I am even quieter than I normally am. I start thinking about how I will mess things up before I do them and get really nervous. I go through a ton of appalling emotions. He is not haunted by the ghost of Duncan because he had to die in order for fate to continue its path. He is haunted by the ghost of Banquo because he was his friend. Macbeth feels almost as if Banquo doesn’t have to die for him, but he has to die for his seed to continue ruling the throne. He is concerned because back then everyone was very religious and this was a very real thing to consider. He also wants them to go to heaven because if they went to hell he would feel very bad because he just ended their lives to send them to a terrible place.

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  31. Feeling insecure is part of life. Everyone has felt it and its ok when you do feel it. When in a group of people when they’re all doing one thing and you’re being left out, that’s when feeling insecure, is at its peak. Insecure can fog up the brain and not make people think clearly. It’s not like alcohol but it can make you react to situations in ways you won’t normally react. Most of the times, following the group to not feel insecure can have its consequences.
    Macbeth has different insecurities than what we will have in our age. Macbeth feels insecure about Banquo and Duncan. He will obviously feel more insecure about Banquo because they were both great friends. They both trusted each other with their lives. Now that Banquo trusts Macbeth with his life, Macbeth uses his trust and takes Banquo’s life. Another reason is Macbeth had respect for Banquo. He knew his son, Fleance, would be the heir to the throne and he had the patience to wait for his kids to take the throne. While Macbeth had no patience he murdered for the chance at royalty.
    Macbeth is so worried about the two men he killed because they were his friends. He was loyal to Duncan and personal friends with Banquo. Even though he used their trust and killed them he still worries about his friends in the afterlife. He wants to know that they are in good hands and not suffering still after what Macbeth committed.

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  32. I tend to feel insecure when I’m in a group of people who know each other, but don’t know me. I also feel uncertain when I’m in a group of people that I know are making bad choices. In these situations, I get really shy, quiet, and try to avoid direct contact, or just be myself. I think that sometimes, in these circumstances, I can act a little awkward as well. I might not know that I’m adding fuel to the fire, but it’s inevitable that it happens. I’d love to be able to be confident that people enjoy my company and like me for who I am rather than who they want me to be.
    I don’t believe I’ve gotten that far in the book yet, but I think the reason is apparent. Macbeth is haunted by Banquo because he was his best friend. Macbeth decided too quickly that he should have Banquo killed. He believes that he had to kill Duncan to make the prophecy come true. However, Banquo’s death takes a larger toll on Macbeth emotionally because he just wanted to assure his children’s monarch. He didn’t take into account how he would feel after he had him killed, for it was nonessential.
    Macbeth is concerned about whether Banquo and Duncan will go to Heaven or Hell because he caused their deaths. He’s held accountable for his actions, which scares Macbeth. It makes him feel vulnerable because he, himself, does not know where he will end up for his cruel deeds. He also doesn’t know for sure where Duncan and Banquo will end up, so he feels responsible for the possibility that they could go to Hell. In other words, Macbeth’s guilt is catching up with him.

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  33. 1. Describe places, people, or events that make you feel insecure or uncertain. How do you tend to act when you’re feeling insecure?

    Places, people, or events that make me insecure… oh yes, I can name a few. For places, definitely when I find myself in the middle of a place that scares me. I always seem to want to get out of there ASAP, and that’s normally how I handle it. Most people don’t make me insecure unless I have recently had a disagreement or fight with them. If this has just happened then normally I try to not be as close to that person for awhile but try to work on it slowly. Finally, events that make me insecure seem to be when I walk in on an argument or something else that I shouldn’t be for. When this happens you can basically feel the awkwardness floating through the air and I try to just quietly leave.
    2. Macbeth is also plagued by his insecurities. Why do you think he is haunted by the ghost of Banquo, but NOT by the ghost of Duncan? Think of at least two reasons.

    I think he is more haunted by the ghost of Banquo because they were very close friends. Macbeth had no choice to not hurt Banquo unless he wanted to possibly forfeit the throne, which by now we can see is not a thing he would want to do. I think that he is not haunted by the ghost of Duncan because he was not as close to him. It is still a horrible deed and would torment the mind of any average person, but Banquo was closer to him so I believe that is the main thing going through his head.
    3. Before deciding to murder both Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth delivers two long monologues. Reread the last few lines of each monologue (51, 87).
    Why do you think Macbeth is so concerned with whether or not they will go to heaven or hell?
    I believe that Macbeth is so concerned with whether Duncan and Banquo go to heaven or hell because he wants to have them be in a better place so he can trick his mind into thinking what he did wasn’t all bad. I think that if he knew they were going to heaven he would use that bit of knowledge as compensation.

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  34. I am usually the most insecure when going to a new place or meeting new people. I am afraid I will mess up and make a fool of myself and everyone will judge me. When I am feeling insecure I usually look down and my feet and mess with my hands. I will also be very quiet which is totally unlike my normal self.
    I think because he and Banquo were such good friends the thought of murdering him sickens him to the core. Sure Duncan trusted him and Macbeth was his loyal thane but they were not as close as Macbeth and Banquo. Also when Macbeth killed King Duncan he gained something, him being king, but when he kills Banqou he gains nothing and loses a friend.
    I think Macbeth is concerned on where they go afterlife because he has done such a terrible thing to them the least he can do is pray for their souls. I also think it gives him a sense of peace knowing they will be somewhere after they die because he wants them to be safe after they are gone.

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  35. When people are insecure about anything, they often act strangely. While some are very shy or timid, others can be oddly outgoing. For me, I am usually insecure when I around a lot of new people or when I am at an entirely new place, like a new school. I often just sit there and don't do anything. I know some people that open-up, but instead, I don't talk and stay only with the people I do know!
    My interpretation of Macbeth's concern for the victims going to heaven or hell is just him feeling guilty. He seems to be wanting to be forgiven when he kills Duncan and later Banquo. He may find some form of relief from thinking that they will go to heaven and that may be what is causing him such a dilemma. As Sarah said, he might be finding justification in these murders because of it.

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  36. When people are insecure about anything, they often act strangely. While some are very shy or timid, others can be oddly outgoing. For me, I am usually insecure when I around a lot of new people or when I am at an entirely new place, like a new school. I often just sit there and don't do anything. I know some people that open-up, but instead, I don't talk and stay only with the people I do know!
    My interpretation of Macbeth's concern for the victims going to heaven or hell is just him feeling guilty. He seems to be wanting to be forgiven when he kills Duncan and later Banquo. He may find some form of relief from thinking that they will go to heaven and that may be what is causing him such a dilemma. As Sarah said, he might be finding justification in these murders because of it.

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  37. For me, it is usually very uncommon that I feel insecure. Really the only times that I feel insecure are when I am nervous or to shy. For instance, I feel insecure on the first day of school, having to ask or answer questions. Also joining in on discussions makes me a little bit insecure. When I am feeling insecure, I tend to act shy and not very outgoing. Most of the time however, I typically feel pretty secure in my life.
    I believe that Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banquo and not Duncan because the murder of Banquo is under much different terms. Macbeth was friends with Duncan and was highly trusted by him, however it is obvious that their friendship was not nearly as great as his friendship with Banquo. Macbeth's relationship with Duncan seemed to be a little bit more business like than it was personal. Whereas Banquo was Macbeth's best friend and Banquo trusted him with everything. Also, I think that Macbeth's murder of Banquo was more over paranoia than actually having a legitimate reason for murder. (Not that there is a truly legitimate reason for murder)Macbeth also regretted killing Duncan, whereas he didn't even think twice about killing his best friend Banquo.
    I think Macbeth cares so much about where King Duncan and Banquo go in the afterlife because in his mind he is still friends with them. Macbeth doesn't hate them at all, his selfishness just got the better of his actions. Since Macbeth still has them in his heart, he wants to be sure that they both recieve the afterlife they deserve.

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  38. Definitely a place that makes me feel insecure would have to be a persons house that I do not know. I always get that feeling when I am with a friend who knows a person and brings you along that I don't belong there. That makes me feel insecure about myself because I don't feel in the right place, and that I am not welcomed. I feel that I act very shy, and I don't feel a lot like my self. In some circumstances I feel like I need to be different person to impress the people I am with.
    Like Ellen I feel like one reason Macbeth is being haunted by the ghost of Banquo is because Banquo and Macbeth were good friends. Banquo understood Macbeth, and by killing him Macbeth would have many doubts, and that is what is haunting him the most, the doubts about killing his best friend. I said in my paper that humans will do whatever it takes to have what we want. Macbeth understood that when he killing King Duncan, but knowing that he has to kill Banquo as well makes him regret killing Duncan, but makes him question the idea of killing Banquo even more. Another reason is that Macbeth may be thinking about the consequences of killing not just one person, but two. He may be questioning if his plan will work or not, and if it fails he would no longer have a best friend.
    As Emily said, I also feel like Macbeth says it in order to make himself feel powerful. The words Heaven and Hell are very powerful, and Macbeth referring it to Banquo's death gives him a sense of how he is killing his best friend, and that Banquo will no longer exist.

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  39. Many social situations tend to make me feel insecure when I am in unfamiliar places. For example, busy school events and social gatherings evoke such feelings. When I feel this way, I tend to be quiet, introverted, and interact as little as possible with others.

    I have not yet read up to the point where Macbeth is haunted by Banquo, but I think that he is haunted by him rather than Duncan because of how close they were. Banquo really trusted Macbeth, but then the latter betrayed that trust upon murdering him. Additionally, it is possible that Macbeth is haunted by Banquo because of the fact that he feels so much more guilt after murdering a second person. The permanent stains left by such a brutality must scar one for life.

    I believe that Macbeth is so concerned with whether or not Duncan and Banquo go to heaven or hell because assuming they do go to hell, where would that leave him? He is comparing himself to them, knowing that neither committed such heinous crimes. If they went to heaven, then perhaps he has confidence that it will leave him a chance of getting there.

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  40. I am most insecure when I am experiencing something new, when people around me are making poor decisions, and when people around me are fighting. It's easy to be uncomfortable when surrounded by something new. If someone around me is doing something wrong, it always makes me uncomfortable. I feel like I should do something, but I don;t want to rock the boat. so I just end up interacting a very small amount. When close friends are fighting with each other, I never know what to do. I usually avoid the people and the issue until it is resolved.

    Thought I haven't reached the point where Macbeth kills Banquo, I can infer. I think it's because Banquo and Macbeth were such good friends and the bond of trust broken between them was immense. Also, it wasn't really necessary to murder Banquo. When he murdered Duncan, he was helping the prophecy come true and helping fate. By killing Banquo, and I'm assuming his family, he is going against what the witches said.

    Macbeth is concerned over whether they went to heaven or hell because he is looking for consolidation. He is trying to trick himself into believing that maybe if they are in heaven, what he did may not have been so bad. He is trying to make excuses for himself in his mind in an attempt to relieve the guilt he must be feeling.

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  41. I think that the only thing that really makes me feel insecure is if I’m trying to impress someone. If I feel like I need to impress someone, I will try really hard and focus on all of the little things to try and decipher if they like me or not. If I feel insecure I tend to get really quite, or I babble a lot. I think that Macbeth is haunted by Banquo instead of Duncan because Banquo was a close friend of his. I also think that he felt that it was necessary to kill the King to get ahead, but it was selfish to kill Banquo and his son because it was not really needed. I think that Macbeth is so concerned on whether or not they will to heaven or to hell because he feels such a great sense of guilt that he killed them. He will feel less guilty if they go to heaven- but he will feel even more guilty if they go to hell.

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  42. There are only a few situations that make me feel insecure. Its usually when I'm around older people; usually teens, that i feel insecure. I feel this way because i fell that if i don't act and say things that are cool, then they will start to make fun of me. I also feel insecure when I'm taking a test. Especially on the questions that I don't know. When i don't now how to answer a question, I get butterflies in my stomach and i start to bite my nails. I feel that if I don't get that question right then i will not do good on the entire test.

    I think he is haunted b Banquo's ghost because the two were such good friends. They trusted each other, and when Macbeth kills Banquo, he is essentially breaking that trust and friendship, and is therefore haunted by Banquo's ghost. He isn't haunted by Duncan's ghost because Macbeth was just another general to the king, and they didn't have that friendship that Macbeth and Banquo had.

    I think that Macbeth is so concerned with weather they will got the heaven or hell because he want to justify his actions. He feels that if they go to heaven then he maybe what he did wasn't so bad, and that he was just speeding up the process. Also because he knows that they both lived a very good live and he knows that they both deserve to got to heaven.

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  43. I actually do not feel insecure that often. However, when I do feel insecure I tend to act cautiously and I think carefully before I do anything. I sometimes feel insecure when I am in a big public place and I don’t know where to go, but that doesn’t happen very often so I don’t feel very insecure.

    I think that he is haunted by the ghost of Banquo because Banquo heard the prophecy about Macbeth becoming king. I think that Macbeth suspects that Banquo knows that he killed King Duncan. I also think that Macbeth is afraid of Banquo’s half of the prophecy coming true. Macbeth thinks that unless he kills Banquo and his son, Banquo’s offspring will become the new king.

    I think that he regrets killing Duncan and giving the order to kill Banquo. He is concerned with their spiritual destination because he ended their life prematurely, so he hopes that they go to heaven because they didn’t deserve to die. He also was good friends with Banquo and King Duncan, so he probably hopes that they are happy in the afterlife. He might also think that by being concerned with their spiritual destinations, his own sin might be lessened.

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  44. I rarely feel insecure. I mostly find myself feeling uncertain when I am unfamiliar with my surroundings. This happened to me once on an offsite run over summer for cross country. We were running in the mountains and there was a fork in the path. Luckily I took the correct path and made it back safely and quickly. I tended to act unsure and a little scared. Macbeth is feeling like this too with Banquo. However, he doesn’t feel this way with Duncan. I believe this is because Duncan is dead, but Banquo is still out there. He might also feel like this because the deed is done with the king and he is not focussing on him as much, therefore he has less to worry about. Whereas Banquo is still alive and more of a problem for Macbeth. I think Macbeth is worried about where they end up because he is concerned with where he will end up. With acts such that he committed or will commit, he has to be wondering where he stands with life and death. Macbeth is very curious as to where they will end up, and if there is a chance for yet a good outcome.

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  45. Everyone has situations that they feel uncomfortable in. Personally I feel uncomfortable when speaking in front of a large number of people. I just start as soon as I can so I can get it over with and think positive.

    I believe that Macbeth was haunted more by Banquo’s murder because Banquo had been a key person to Macbeth. Duncan was merely an obstacle in the way of Macbeth’s desire to be king. There was no personal relationship between Macbeth and Duncan. Perhaps Macbeth feels especially guilty about having Banquo murdered because the murder was not vital in order for Macbeth to become King.

    Macbeth is trying to alleviate his guilt for the murders by telling himself the victims could be going to heaven and having eternal joy unlike the turmoil of living on earth. He is trying to convince himself that his deed isn’t so terrible after all.

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  46. Feeling insecure is a part of any teachers life. I for one have felt insecure many times in my teenage life and I'm sure it will happen many more times in my life time. I feel most insecure when I'm somewhere with a bunch of older teens whom I don't know or when I'm talking to an older person. When I'm feeling insecure I tend to be more quite and reserved, and I find my self not acting like my self. In these situations I still try to fit in by constantly checking my phone or laughing a lot at people's jokes trying to act like I was part of the conversation. As far as talking to grown ups I'm always nervous and my hands get all clammy but once I start talking to them I loosen up and it's not so bad.

    I have not read to the part when Banquo's ghost starts haunting Macbeth but based on what I already know I'm sure I can make an educated guess. I think that the reason why Macbeth is haunted by Banquo's ghost and not Duncan's is because Macbeth and Duncan were really good friends and some may say brother like figures. Banquo's was a motivator, and supporter for Macbeth and he was always happy for Macbeth. Also it was Macbeth who called for him to be killed with no motivation from Lady Macbeth and he really did it when he didn't need to. Banquo and his son may not of posed any threat to him but since he was so crazed he went off what these three witches for told not knowing if they told the truth or just wanted to cause chaos and confusion. Banquo's was much more then an obstacle in the way to be king like Duncan was elevating the guiltnlevel that much more. So once he killed Banquo the guilt hit him like a train since it was literally him who ordered it.

    I think that the reason why Macbeth cares so much about where Duncan and Banquo go in their after life is partly because he is still friends with them and hopes the best for them. But mainly I believe he is trying to justify his actions. If they went to heaven then he thinks he did a great thing for them and there was no wrong in what he did and if they went to he'll then he still did a good thing because he got rid of two bad people in the world. So I think it's basically a way in which he is showing the guilt that he fills for committing these terrible deeds and hopes that they still get to live a good after life since he ended their lives on earth.

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  47. 1) Almost every teenager has many insecurities especially girls. There is so much pressure to be pretty and outgoing and smart but not too smart that sometimes it feels overwhelming. The times when I feel most insecure are when I feel stupid. I made dumb mistakes and those don’t matter but when I truly feel like I am an idiot I feel the most insecure. When I feel insecure I usually bite my nails and look down and mess with my hair.
    2) Macbeth is plagued by his insecurities and haunted by Banquo because banquo was a close friend so now that he has betrayed more than one trust with this. Also I think that Macbeth feels that he is not a man because he could not do the deed himself that he had to have someone do it for him.
    3) Macbeth is concerned because what he did on earth wont matter in the afterlife.

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  48. Generally, I get insecure when I'm in a situation where I feel like people paying more attention than usual to me or watching me. I am really quiet when I'm insecure and I find something to play with in my hands. I also tend to focus so much on what other people think of me that I do or say something embarrassing.

    Macbeth is plagued by Banquo's ghost because they were best friends and equals, whereas King Duncan was superior to and in charge of Macbeth. Also, to kill Duncan, it took a lot of pushing from Lady Macbeth and Macbeth dealt with a lot of guilt. His decision to kill Banquo took little deliberation and the idea and plan were completely his.

    Religion and where one went after death were important in England in the Elizabethan Era. To tell someone to go to Hell was probably a horrible insult. Macbeth feels the least he can do after killing the two people who trusted him the most is wishing them a comfortable afterlife. I think he also believes this will possibly lessen his punishment for his sins after his death.

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  49. If I'm shopping in the mall, I'm afraid that a bad guy will come up and grab me. The mall is so big and loud with people going back and forth. When this happens, I usually look for shelter or safety, like around my friends or family. Being around people I know makes me more secure and makes me feel safer.
    Banquo was his friend. When Macbeth kills Banquo, he is haunted because he feels as if he has killed someone close to him that he really knew. But, Duncan was an all-ruling power that Macbeth was loyal to but wasn't a personal friend. Also, Macbeth was SURE that he must kill Duncan in order to be king but the witches said that Banquo was involved. If Banquo is involved, the witches could have meant that Macbeth didn't really need to kill him to get him out of the way but that is what Macbeth assumed so he feels guilty for killing a friend and is beginning to second guess himself.
    Macbeth is concerned that he his going against God's will. He tries to convince himself that he is doing a favor to God because Duncan and Banquo were going to hell anyway. But, if they were going to heaven, Macbeth would have murdered two faithful servants of the Lord and he would fear if God had a consequence lurking around the corner for him.

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  50. Whenever I am at a hospital or a doctor/dentist’s office I always feel uncertain because you never know what they are going to find wrong with you. When I am feeling insecure, I usually get what my mom calls a “deer-in-headlights” kind of look in my eyes and I always shake a little bit. I believe that Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banquo, not Duncan, because Banquo was always a tad suspicious about Macbeth and he was never as close to him, therefore there wasn’t a much trust as there was with Duncan. I also think Macbeth i concerned whether or not Duncan and Banquo will go to heaven or hell because where they go, shows who they really are as people, making Macbeth either feel guilty or not guilty about killing them.

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  51. Don't you just love the people that say that they aren't insecure whatsoever? Everybody's insecure about something! I rarely get insecure but when I do, you'll know it! Normally, I'm social, active and really quite outgoing. When someone brings out one of my insecurities I become quite, shy and really held back. I'm not myself. Macbeth faces insecurities along the entire story. I think that he is haunted by the ghost of Banquo but not Duncan because the murder of Duncan seemed easy to Macbeth, but Banquo was Macbeth's closest friend, so to kill your friend seems to create way more guilt than his first murder. Also, the ghost of Banquo is haunting Macbeth because Shakespeare wanted Banquo to kind of stay in the story in spirit, because he might have more of an influence on the plot later in the book. Macbeth is really concerned whether or not Duncan or Banquo will go to heaven or hell because he feels that they are innocent and don't deserve to go to hell. He would feel really gulity if they had to go to hell. He says later that he wish he could've taken it all back, so Macbeth wishes the best for both Duncan and Banquo.

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  52. 1. There are some places in the world that make me feel insecure, even though I try to avoid being judged. One example is when I'm trying a new style of clohing out at school or bring something to school that is entirely aboriginal. All I try to do is focus on what I'm doing and why I'm doing it instead of what others are thinking

    2. Macbeth is definately insecure, ever since he had the slightest thoughts of murdering Duncan. The reason he doesn't see Duncan's ghost is because, though Duncan was a good man to him, he knew he had to get through him somehow to become king. So, when the murder was committed, it was as the prophecy foretold. The prophecy never stated Banquo would die in any way, shape, or form, and Macbeth only needed to murder Fleance to acheive his ultimate goal. Another possible reason for Banquo's ghost arriving is his ghost is mocking Macbeth. It could have shown up to tell Macbeth, "You may have killed me, but Fleance is still alive. He will sit on the throne, no matter what you do about it."
    3. In both cases, Macbeth seems driven completely insane by the thought of killing them (such as the dagger or the bell) that one of the things he mentions is heaven or hell. In Duncan's case, he's theoretically telling Duncan about the bell that summons him, and his main concern is that the murder takes place, and nothing else. In Banquo's case, he mentions this because he wants him in one of those two places, not on earth where he could challenge his authority and possibly take down his crown. Either way, Macbeth is concerned because he wants them dead, nothing else.

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  53. I know that sometimes when people are insecure, they can react in extreme ways. Some people can act wild and outgoing when they are insecure, and some people can do just the opposite. I would definitely put myself in the second category. I tend to feel insecure when I'm someplace where I don't know anyone, especially at school. When I'm uncertain of something or a scenario, I feel like I get very quiet. I shut down a little bit and, like Sarah, I feel as if I'm not as outgoing. I also tend to fidget and pretend like I'm checking my phone or something to make me look busy!

    Macbeth certainly is plagued by his insecurities, but this time he's plagued by a ghost! I believe that Macbeth is being haunted by Banquo, because, like others, he was so close to him. It is certainly one thing to kill the king, but it is another to have your best friend killed. But in a way, the murder DID weigh heavily on Macbeth in the form of nightmares and thoughts. However, Banquo is appearing to Macbeth's guilty conscience in a significantly more frightening way than Duncan did, because I believe that Banquo felt more betrayed. A best friend is someone who you depend on, trust, and would support through it all. Macbeth did the exact opposite of this through ambition and suspicion. Who wouldn't haunt him?

    I think that when Macbeth discusses in his monologues about sending his victims to heaven or to hell, he is in a way apologizing for what he is about to or has just done. Especially when he wishes for Banquo's spirit to find heaven, he is apologizing in his way for sending the murderers to kill him. He too feels uncertain of the outlook when he kills Duncan, but knows that Duncan is such a pure spirit that he will indeed find heaven. I do also agree with Rebekah in saying that it is a justification as well.

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    I feel insecure in settings where I do not know many people well, when I am in a group of older kids, and when I do not feel I am as good as them at something. When I feel insecure, I act timid, and try to make myself disappear, essentially, I stand there silently so as not to draw attention to myself. For instance, when I was at youth group, we were all playing ultimate frisbee, but many of the teenagers there were juniors and seniors, who were all bigger and better at playing frisbee than me; Therefore, I stayed uninvolved and remained silent. Insecurity is a terrible and crippling, yet sadly natural habit of most humans.

    I think Macbeth is haunted by Banquo’s ghost instead of King Duncan’s because Macbeth feels more insecurity about Banquo’s death than he feels about King Duncan’s murder. When Macbeth murdered the King, he was power hungry and felt that his actions were absolutely essential in order to force the three weird sisters’ prophecy. However, when Banquo dies, I believe that Macbeth realizes that he killed one of his closest friends just to secure an unknown future for his children. I think he considers the fact that in this instance, he should not have tried to dictate the future as he had done earlier, and therefore is insecure about his rash decision. In addition, I think that Banquo is a symbol of Macbeth’s guilt for murdering King Duncan and having Banquo killed. Before Banquo died, he suspected Macbeth for the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth probably also realized this and therefore feels guilty for their deaths, because he was being held accountable by Banquo.

    I think that Macbeth is so concerned with whether they will go to Heaven or to Hell because he wants them to not rest peacefully and to not be happier in their life after earth. He has sacrificed his goodness to gain an earthly treasure, the throne, and he wants to feel that it was worth it. If they go to Hell, he will be happy because life was better on earth than in Hell for them. If they go to Heaven, “After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well...nothing can touch him further” (Shakespeare 3.2.25-28). This will have made his sacrifice not worth it, because they have a better life now than Macbeth does.

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