Essay on Summary Of ' Macbeth ' By William Shakespeare

1171 Words Apr 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Sleep Reveals the Truth It is natural for humans to lie; however, our sleep is affected by the infected thoughts that come with the lie. Sleep soothes away all our worries, puts each day to rest, relieves the weary laborer, heals hurt minds and the most nourishing, but when our minds are tainted a good night 's sleep cannot be accomplished. Macbeth has just gotten back from winning a battle for King Duncan. Banquo, his best friend, and Macbeth meet three evil witches and they tell him three prophesies: he will become Thane of Glamis, he will become Thane of Cawdor and he will be King of Scotland. Shortly after that a messenger comes to Macbeth to tell him he has been named the Thane of Cawdor. From that moment on Macbeth is sold on the idea of becoming King. This sparks the plotting of Lady Macbeth, who tells Macbeth he must murder the King and this starts the path to their demise. In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses the motif of sleep to illustrate that a guilty mind cannot be redeemed.
Macbeth takes the prophecy to heart which will only lead to his downfall. Macbeth has just murdered King Duncan, and his words are soaking with regret, “Methought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,/ Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care” (2.2.35-7). Sleep eases worries, relieves the aches of physical work, soothes the anxious, and nourishes like food. However, Macbeth has tainted his sleep with murder.…

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