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...murdered Duncan, the king of Scotland. Shakespeare developed... , saying, "Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: / The greatest is behind."
However, much as Macbeth says "If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me/ Without my stir", it can be seen that if things are allowed to take their natural course, Macbeth cannot be king, for Duncan names his eldest son Malcolm as his successor in Act I, Scene IV. Macbeth knows in his mind that murder is the only possible solution, but he is not prepared to actually commit the crime. Lady Macbeth, who knows her husband well, understands this : "...thy nature / It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness/ To catch the...