Malice Domestic — Identify that Quotation

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So does the title “malice domestic” sound like a quotation from something you’ve read? It should, if you are fans of that 400-year old mystery writer, William Shakespeare. Now which of his murder mysteries does it come from—Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar? And who is the murder victim?

Macbeth is the play, but which victim of the Scottish murderer does this apply to? If you guessed King Duncan, you’re right. The quotation comes in Act 3, scene 2:

Duncan is in his grave;

After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well;

Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison,
Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing,
Can touch him further.

 

Surprisingly, the speech belongs to Macbeth, now planning to secure his own throne by killing Banquo.

 

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