Oddity In Macbeth

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"Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One: two:
 Why, then 'tis time to do't. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, Fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who
 Knows it, when none can call our power accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"
 --Act 5, Scene 1, Lines 34-39: Lady Macbeth to herself while sleepwalking Guilt in Macbeth While observing from outside the castle, a doctor and a woman notice some strange habits of a Lady Macbeth, who seems to be in a hypnotic state. The doctor and woman take note of the candle in her hand and her lamentations over the murders of Lady Macduff and Banquo. Then proceeds to make comments on the hallucination of bloodstains that appear to be on her hands. Lady Macbeth’s…show more content…
Lady Macbeth leaves the consistency in dialogue completely astray and does not speak in verse. This implies her madness in that Shakespeare only seemed to have the characters with abnormal states of minds or in abnormal conditions speak out verse. From this play, these characters would include the witches, who speak in trochaic tetrameter, and Lady Macbeth, who speaks out of verse to symbolize her insanity. The second literary device would be irony. Lady Macbeth is constantly ridiculing Macbeth because he is too afraid to kill Duncan, and she even tells him that he might as well be a woman. This is ironic because in this quote, Lady Macbeth says “Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” (5.1.39), which lets the readers know that she feels guilty. This guilt is what would eventually drive her to madness. Mental madness all due to an attempt to gain and maintain power; power both over their own selves and a run for…show more content…
When she says “What need we fear who/ Knows it, when none can call our power accompt?” (5.1.37-38). In making a comment on this, it not only gives away the fact that she did indeed commit murder, but also that she and her husband, Macbeth, need not worry about people knowing who they had killed if they were able to retain power. The fact that Lady Macbeth was so hungry to for power that she was ready to kill will lead to her self destruction, which would result in her insanity. This demonstrates how ambition can cause destruction. Ultimately, the hallucinations of bloodstains on Lady Macbeth’s hands are what symbolize the guilt and lack of innocence. The nightly hallucinations of blood on her hands indicate that she is feeling an extremely large amount of guilt and justify that guilt nightly. The fact that she is of a hypnotic state and having these hallucinations, subconsciously, really indicates that the visual, or dream, of a bloodstain symbolizes the guilt she seems to constantly

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