Motif Of Hallucinations In Macbeth

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A hallucination is an experience involving the apparent perception of something not present. In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses hallucinations to show the feeling of guilt, the amount of hallucinations someone has shows how much guilt they are feeling at that particular moment about the actions they have done. Shakespeare uses the character Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to build towards hallucination as a motif. He built towards the motif by giving the two characters hallucinations based on their past actions. In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses hallucinations as a motif not only to show Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's tragic downfall, but also as a symbol of the destruction Macbeth causes within the country of Scotland.
Shakespeare uses hallucinations to lead up to Macbeth’s tragic downfall. The motif of hallucinations goes with the feeling of guilt. The guiltier Macbeth feels, the more visions he will have. Shakespeare shows Macbeth's first feeling of guilt right before Macbeth kills Duncan with a apparition of a dagger. During a soliloquy he says,‘“ 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 feeling as to sight/ Or art thou but / A dagger of the mind, false creation / Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?’” (II.i. 44 - 51 ). Shakespeare describes how Macbeth goes to grab the dagger but, realizes the dagger is just in his imagination

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