Macbeth Quotes Analysis

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Shakespeare is one of the most famous playwrights of his Century. Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in 1606. When Shakespeare alive he was famous and powerful through his stories which, is why it has been thought that Macbeth was written because at the time it was written the King wasn’t very good. So, Shakespeare wrote a story about what would happen if someone tried to take over. Throughout the play Shakespeare has used symbolism to give meaning and depth to the story. One of the symbols in Macbeth was blood, which, throughout the play-symbolized guilt. After Macbeth kills King Duncan there is a knocking and he exclaims ‘’All great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood /Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather “(2,2,58-59) This quote explains…show more content…
The darkness brought on by Macbeth being king is a symbol of Macbeth’s evil nature and the horrible crimes he had committed, but also the darkness in Macbeth’s heart. Throughout the play Shakespeare evoked night to fall anytime something bad or evil was going to happen or has recently happened. The witches resemble evil and bad things, which is why they always come at night “When shall we three meet again? /In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” (1,1,1-2) So, whenever the witches arrive something bad is going to happen because of the darkness they bring. At the start of the play Lady Macbeth pleads for a night to come, “Come, thick night, / and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, / that my keen knife see not the wound it makes, / Nor heaven peep through the blankets of the dark, / to cry Hold, Hold!” (1,5,50-54) She talks about the knife not seeing the wound it makes and Heaven not peeping through the blankets of darkness because she knows it is evil so it has to happen at night. The night, Macbeth kills King Duncan the moon goes down and Banquo says to Fleance, "There's husbandry in heaven; / their candles are all out" (2,1,4-5). He means that there's not a star to be seen in the sky. This is a sign that an evil act is about to happen. It's strangely dark on the morning after the night of King Duncan's murder, and Ross says to an Old Man, "by the clock, 'tis day, / And yet dark night strangles the…show more content…
At the start of the play after Macbeth kills Duncan, he thinks he can hear a voice say, “Macbeth does murder sleep?” (2,2,34) Which it doesn’t because sleep is for the pure and innocent which murder isn’t. The day after King Duncan was murdered, Banquo is restless and is incapable of sleeping, although he very much desires to sleep: ‘a heavy summons lies like lead upon me, / and yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers, /Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature gives way to in repose!’ (2,1,4-9). This is because of the King was murder, which will leave the rest of the castle restless and unable to sleep after his murder. This is because an evil king runs the land so; there sleep is affected because there are not as pure as they were with King Duncan. After killing Duncan, Macbeth begins to hear people call murder as he sleeps. ‘There’s one did laugh in’s sleep, and one cried, “Murder”/ that they did wake each other. I stood and heard them/ but they did say their prayers and addressed them Again to sleep’ (2,2,22-25). This is because Macbeth is no longer pure and innocent; he has taken a life, thus his sleep being affected because sleep is for the innocent and pure. Macbeth then starts to have Hallucinations ‘Still it cried “Sleep no more!” to all the house;/ “Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor/ Shall sleep no more! Macbeth shall sleep no more!’ (2,2,41-43). So, instead of peacefully dreaming he is

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