Macbeth Quotes About Sleep

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Nicole Gaunt Professor Beamen Shakespeare Macbeth Doth Murder Sleep We all sleep. That is why sleep is so relatable even if what is going on is not relatable at all. When we sleep, we are resting and recuperating or recovering from a long days exertion and regaining our strength for a new fresh day. Although, when we sleep, we are often quite vulnerable and in a state in which it would be easy for another to potentially attack or harm. Some even use the term sleep in relation with death or near-death. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth starts off as a noble soldier of battle being awarded a new title which is the thane of Cawdor. Before messengers can get to Macbeth on the battlefield and inform of new title, the three witches tell Banquo and Macbeth their “futures”. Macbeth’s future told by…show more content…
Macbeth shall sleep no more.” (2.2.54-57). In this quote Macbeth is saying because in the past (as thane of Glamis) he wanted to be king so bad that he was the cause that murdered Cawdor. I feel like in this passage sleep is supposed to be representation of the king and how having killed the king makes him feel. For example, “Glamis hath murdered sleep” really would be Macbeth hath murdered king. Possibly could be an interesting code word between the Macbeth’s. Macbeth goes on to say that because of the way he feels, he will not sleep anymore. Later on in the play Lady Macbeth is speaking with Macbeth and notes, “You lack the season of all natures, sleep,” (3.4.173). Since their previous discussion following the murder, Macbeth has grown sicker with insomnia. Lady Macbeth is saying that the “season” of all “natures” or all living beings is sleep and that her husband is without. Shakespeare, “trac[es] the miseries of insomnia that deny Macbeth the life-sustaining properties of sleep, and serve as [the] corrosive agents of his demise,” (Parris 101-142). Macbeth’s lack of sleep causes himself to go even more insane with
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