To him “pale” or fearful. One final point about

To start off this brief
scene allows the reader once again into the private thoughts of the murderous couple,
while holding the action momentarily. When the hit men go to Banquo, Macbeth
and his wife meet in secret. His wife tries to calm his troubled mind but
ironically feels the same doubts herself. Killing the king has given them many
more difficulties than they imagined. To the astonishment of his wife, Macbeth
reveals his plan to assassinate Banquo.

 

Dramatically,
this scene accurately reflects Act I, Scene 5. Then, Duncan’s death was being
hatched; Now, death is from Banquo. In the previous murder, Lady Macbeth was
more in charge; In this murder, Macbeth is. Where before Macbeth was the one
who needed to convince, now the weakest paper passes to his wife. Macbeth’s
line “And make our faces vizards to our hearts,” recalls the previous words
of Lady Macbeth “o deceive time, resemble time”. Similarly, Macbeth’s
mandate to the spirits of darkness “Come, seeling night …” is an
echo of Lady Macbeth’s speech that begins “Come, thick night …”.

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The
most powerful moments of the scene continue few paragraphs later in which
Macbeth asks for the cancellation of the link between him and the world.
“Bond” is more than a mere simile of the world of legal jargon.
Macbeth now wants to get rid of her humanity. His direct connection to the
natural world in which he was born threatens to keep him “pale” or
fearful. One final point about these lines is the way in which rhythmic stress
falls unusually on the first syllable of the word “cancel”: “And,
with your bloody and invisible hand, Cancel and break that great bond into
pieces…”

Metrically,
as well as dramatically, Macbeth moves towards his tragic destiny. Meanwhile,
his wife, once so calm and collected, is losing that composure. Macbeth’s line
“Marvell’st at my words” suggests, as a scenic direction, some mobile
response.