“MACDUFF. He is already named, and gone to Scone
To be invested.
ROSS. Where is Duncan’s body?
MACDUFF. Carried to Colmekill,
The sacred storehouse of his predecessors
And guardian of their bones.
ROSS. Will you to Scone?
MACDUFF. No, cousin, I’ll to Fife.”
After Macbeth kills Duncan, and in “a fit of rage” conveniently kills the guards who were suspected, and the closest things we have to witnesses, it’s time for the news of Duncan’s death to spread. I really enjoyed how today we got the chance to see the places they talk about here on a map. Thanks to the power of the internet, we were also able to calculate how long it would take them to travel to the various places from Macbeth’s castle. We were also able to see some pictures of the wonderful scenery!
(Taken from http://www.isle-of-iona.net)
It’s absolutely stunning! I’d love to go there.
Scenery aside, it would have taken about 4 days for everyone to travel to where they were going and come back. As well as Duncan’s sons running away, and the death of the guards, this is another thing that is convenient for Macbeth.
Let’s say they come back in 4 days and everyone is investigating. Not only are the witnesses dead, but 4 days is more than enough time for Macbeth to double-check anything and tie up any loose ends. Hopefully that don’t mean any more deaths.
At this rate, Macbeth will be king in no time at all. He has nothing that we can see to inhibit him. Hopefully some obstacles will start to arise somewhere, maybe even personal conflict inside of him.