Examine the reaction of each of the following characters to the murder of the king Duncan in Act 2 Scene 3. How is their reactions indicative of their characterization?

Act 2

Scene 1, Scene 2, Scene 3


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The characters react differently.  Macbeth acts upset (this is fake upset) and goes in to see the murdered Duncan and kills his guards.  Macduff is horrified by the death of his beloved king.  Banquo is also horrified, although in the back of his mind he has an idea of what might have happened.  Lady Macbeth pretends to faint - she does this to save Macbeth from being questioned about the murder of the kind's guards.  Finally, Malcolm and Donalbain are saddened by the death, but they also realize they could be next so they choose to flee to England and Ireland.