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Macbeth

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Bear-Baiting

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What purpose does the allusion to bear-baiting play in Macbeth's words,

They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly, / But bear-like I must fight the course. (5.7)?

A

Macbeth condemns those who attack him as inhumane and evil.

B

Macbeth feels that he will certainly die by the end of the day.

C

Macbeth believes himself to be at his best when he uses unchecked violence.

D

Macbeth sees himself in a desperate, violent position.

E

Macbeth no longer wishes to fight, but he knows he will have to defend himself.