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Why does Macbeth kill King Duncan’s two chamberlains?

While Macbeth’s motive is unclear, it is suggested that Macbeth kills King Duncan’s two chamberlains in an act of fear and horror. Lady Macbeth’s original plan is to get King Duncan’s chamberlains so drunk that they pass out and then frame them for King Duncan’s murder by having Macbeth leave two bloody daggers in their hands. The plan goes well until Macbeth fails to leave the bloody daggers by the drunken men. In a confused manner, Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he thought he heard the chamberlains say, “God bless us!” in their drunken sleep as if they saw him, but it’s not clear whether this is true. Macbeth is notably rattled and has ostensibly murdered the chamberlains out of fear of being caught and in horror for what he has chosen to be a part of.