Essay on The Importance of the Sleep Walking Scene in Macbeth

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Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's problem plays which have puzzled the critics all over the years. It is compact and full of significant scenes, and it has two important characters, Macbeth and his wife. It is a clear study of human nature, which I personally think Shakespeare had mastered. The final act opens with the sleepwalking scene and this scene is of great significance because it reveals the true nature of lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is one of the enigmatic characters. Once she is a woman made out of steel and suddenly she collapses; she returns to be a gentle wife. The sleepwalking scene also shows lady Macbeth as a complementary character to her husband. The scene opens with the gentlewoman talking to the doctor about lady…show more content…
He is paralyzed by the association he makes between the blood on his hands and the guilt that rises from his crime. He says: "What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out Mine eyes Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red." (II. ii. 59-62) Meanwhile, after the murder lady Macbeth continues to live life as if nothing has happened and she tries to comfort Macbeth and makes him forget, but she deceives herself and cannot penetrate into her soul to see the forces working there. In the sleepwalking scene, she cannot escape the spot, representative of the whole narrative of her life, which is recorded forever in her memory. Se says: ."... All the perfumes of Arabia Will not sweeten this little hand." Now, lady Macbeth perceives the spot right, after reading it as mere physical substance earlier in the play. Now she is able to see it as a stain on her conscience that will never be erased. This stain on her hand is similar to the Biblical mark of Cain, the mark that God placed on Cain after he has killed his brother in the story of the genesis. Like Cain's mark, the stain of blood follows Lady Macbeth and reveals her guilt to the watching doctor and the gentle women. However Cain's mark is a sign of God to protect him from the revenge of others, lady Macbeth's

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