Sunday, March 17, 2019
Importance of Sleep in Shakespeares Macbeth :: GCSE English Literature Coursework
Sleep in Macbeth      It is natural to want to residue after functional hard. If something goes wrong or if the conscience feels guilty conscience, the body will not let the person rest. The conscience have gots the person awake to think about his sins and keep torturing him until he confesses. In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses images of sleep to show the guilt of Macbeths and Lady Macbeths conscious. When the idea of the first murder enters their heads, things begin to go wrong. They no longer have the natural healthy, normal sleep. Their sleep is made up of nightmares and other disturbances. Only the admission of guilt or death give notice save them. Strange things begin happening in Macbeths mind when he decides to go through with the murder of Duncan. He sees the image of the dagger natation in front of him(53). This is his inner thoughts warning him on how unnatural this exertion is. When he goes to Duncans chamber, he hears warnings from his conscious. Sleep no more/Macbeth doth murdered sleep- the innocent sleep.(57) This is Macbeths first evil act. At this point he soothe hears the warnings. As he gets further into the darkness, all the other voices disappear. Instead he is haunted by evil dreams, images, and premonitions. Lady Macbeth is also warned of the trouble that is to surface from this. When she goes to Duncans chamber, she sees the image of her father, warning her not to murder Duncan. She strips herself of all good to forgather the strength to go through with the act. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth give up their souls in pursuit of the kingship. It is this obvious disregard for the warnings by the conscience of the wrong of innocence that causes them to be haunted by it later in the play. The undischarged loss is the natural sleep. Sleep is the reward of the day. Because Macbeth and Lady Macbeth give up their innocence, they lose the good sleep. Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse the curtained s leep(53). You lack the season of all natures, sleep, says Lady Macbeth to Macbeth(109). Their sleep is no longer natural. It is pressure by them. Their conscience will no longer let them rest. It wants them to aim for their sins. The doctor observes, A great perturbation in nature, to receive at/ once the benefit of sleep and do the effects of watching(161).