Theme Of Sleep In Macbeth

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In Shakespeare Macbeth there are four motifs that I truly feel make this story, those being Sleep, Hallucinations, Innocence, and Guilt. If you think about it these go hand in hand, without sleep you can possibly start hallucinating, when having done something bad that is causing the lack of sleep you can lose your innocence and just gain a lot of guilt. Sleep shows one’s innocence, and after Macbeths dirty deed he lacked sleep gaining guilt and hallucinations. What will so much power give Macbeth if he has a guilty conscious and cannot even move on with his life in peace. The motif of sleep, hallucinations, innocence, and guilt is prevalent in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Through the play, the dream world and the conscious world become more and…show more content…
“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!” (Shakespeare’s Macbeth Act 2 scene 1 lines 4-9). Anxious, troubled, and concerned Banquo just keeps thinking about the Witch’s Prophecies, and with so much going through his mind he is unable to sleep. Banquo has a lot on his mind, probably because he knows, or feels that something bad is going to happen soon, and this was just a sign. A little after all of this thinking is going on Macbeth murders Duncan, because of this terrible deed Macbeth has lost his sleep and now has lost his innocence. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth showing no remorse (for now), what will their actions lead to in the future. Only the innocent can sleep, and Macbeth is no longer innocent. Sleep is needed, to rest, to rest the mind, to relax, no sleep equals hallucinations, tiredness, drowsiness, etc. Although Macbeth has done this to himself he has not yet realized this, but eventually time will come and he will soon see what he has done. Again, what good does having so much power do to one if you are not at peace. Now that Duncan is dead Macbeth and Lady Macbeth can be King and Queen of

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