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Macbeth-sleepwalking sceneThe sleepwalking scene reveals Lady Macbeth's state of mind after the murder of Duncan

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Macbeth-sleepwalking scene The sleepwalking scene reveals Lady Macbeth's state of mind after the murder of Duncan, Banquo and Lady Macduff. In the beginning of the scene, the doctor doubted about Lady Macbeth sleepwalking. He is saying he "perceive no truth " about what the gentlewoman said. He is exasperated at first. He said "I have two night watched with you" and it seems nothing strange has happened to Lady Macbeth. Then, he was analysing sensibly about sleepwalking. However, his emotions change dramatically when he saw Lady Macbeth holding a candle with her. He was shocked. After that, he listened to Lady Macbeth saying about the old man "to have so much blood" and saw her rubbing her hand, he feels more nervous and this is the changing point which the doctor is shocked and amazed by what he saw and heard. He saw Lady Macbeth came by a light with her eyes open but "sense are shut". ...read more.

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She sounds childish because she has lost her sensibility that an adult has. Besides, after the murder of Duncan, she told Macbeth to go back to bed and told him "what is done cannot be undone". Obviously, she is being ironic, she is worrying about it but she need to pretend as if nothing has happen. She was pretending if she could be brave and cruel like a man. Most of her speech relates to Duncan and Banquo's murder. Sleepwalking was considered to be related with possession by evil spirits in the past. Early on in the play, Lady Macbeth is calling evil on her by saying "come, thick night, and pull thee in the dunnest smoke of hell" which tells us she wants to throw away her feminine qualities and be cruel enough to murder Duncan. The doctor also mentions: "This disease is beyond my practice", reveals that he is the doctor for physical treatments. ...read more.

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Therefore, she calls on evil spirits to possess her, so she will lose her feminine qualities. She persuades Macbeth to murder Duncan, which a woman should not do. Therefore, while Shakespeare may be seen as subverting the beliefs of the society, however, things start to be returning to the natural order- Lady Macbeth is suffering from the consequences for murdering God's representative. Overall, the scene is quite successful in revealing Lady Macbeth's state of mind. It shows that Lady Macbeth was worrying about her evil act. It can also summarise all the murders in the play. This scene also shows that lady Macbeth needs to talk to someone but because Macbeth is always busy thinking about killing people who are suspicious about him, he does not even have time to care about his wife. Their relationship was very close at first, but it is all over. This is emphasised when Lady Macbeth is dead. Macbeth says, "She should have died hereafter" prove that his personality is very cold and their relationship is not very close. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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