Motifs In Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'

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Joshua Nguyen
Ms. Mo
Lit & Comp
17 May 2017
Have you ever felt so guilty and start seeing your wrongdoings haunting you to regret? William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic play still is famous for its violent, tragic play. All of motifs, literary terms themes supports and adds a bunch to this story. Motif throughout the play, the ornament of hallucinations, illusion, delusion leads ambitions to aspire, guilt haunts felons
Macbeth was for sure thinking about killing duncan and then an illusion of a floating bloody dagger in front of him floating.“Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feelings as to sight? A dagger of the mind, a false creation. . . (proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?)” (2.1, 44-51).Symbolizes and points to king’s chamber. Ambitions leads to wrong deeds. When he tries to grasp the dagger which symbolizes his desires for power. Lady Macbeth: “This is very painting of your fear: This is the air-drawn dagger which, you said, Led you to Duncan.” Lady
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When the doctor and gentlewoman examine Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking problem and she hallucinates the blood on her hands, “Out, Damned spot, out, I say! One. Two. Why then, ‘tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky” (5.1, 37-38). Lady Macbeth counting up the amount of dead people they murdered and such full of guilt lead her mental and emotional condition is out of her control. One of the most famous piece of literature of symbolizing guilt. “To bed, to bed! There’s knocking at the gate: Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone. -- to bed, to bed, to bed!” (5.1, 69-72). This quote adds up her guilt, and her reason not to live any more. When she meant to go to bed, it meant to death and opening the gate to hell. Suicide and take her to hell. Lady Macbeth being intoxicated by guilt led her life to an

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