Macbeth boasts that he has no reason to fear Macduff, for he cannot be killed by any man born of woman.
Share this:. Macduff had gone to seek Malcolm one of Duncan's sons who fled at the court of the English king. Is this a dagger which I see before me?
Macbeth takes this as a prophecy that he is infallible. Lady Macbeth again chastises him for his weak-mindedness and plants the daggers on the bodyguards herself.
He will father a line of kings, though he himself will not be one.
The assassins succeed in killing Banquo, but Fleance escapes. In Shakespeare's day, for example, "heath" was pronounced as "heth" "or a slightly elongated 'e' as in the modern 'get'" so it rhymed with "Macbeth" in the sentences by the Witches at the beginning of the play:  Second Witch: Upon the heath.
The rightful heirs' flight makes them suspects and Macbeth assumes the throne as the new King of Scotland as a kinsman of the dead king. At first Macbeth is loth to commit a crime that he knows will invite judgment, if not on earth then in heaven. Energized by the news, Lady Macbeth invokes supernatural powers to strip her of feminine softness and thus prepare her for the murder of Duncan.
Glynne Wickham connects the play, through the Porter, to a mystery play on the harrowing of hell.