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This is an excerpt from act 2 scene 2. Macbeth and his wife are outside the king's chamber. Macbeth has just killed Duncan. After having committed the deed, Macbeth leaves the room, but the intervention of a voice saying

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Act 2, scene 2 a little water clears us of this deed Intro : This is an excerpt from act 2 scene 2. Macbeth and his wife are outside the king's chamber. Macbeth has just killed Duncan. After having committed the deed, Macbeth leaves the room, but the intervention of a voice saying " Macbeth shall sleep no more " confuses him to the point that he takes the 2 daggers with him when he should have left them in the room. Once again, Lady Macbeth has to take matters into her hands so as to wash away all suspicion. This passage offers a new chance for the audience to witness the confrontation between the 2 main characters of the play, and see how little alike they are. Indeed, if it is easy for Lady Macbeth to see the reality of the murder it is painful for Macbeth to open his eyes on the deed . In a first part we shall sudy the themes of vision and appeances in this excerpt and in a second step we shall see how, after the crime, the two characters try to clear their conscience in their own different ways. ...read more.

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In other other words, sight conforts him with his conscience, and horrible sights make him face moral questions that he might otherwise avoid. Macbeth, therefore does not have the same ability as his wife to contemplate the atrocity of his deed " what hands here ? ha they pluck out mine eyes. " L18. The 2 exemples mentionned above create a sharp contrast between Macbeth and his wife. Indeed, L7 shows a weak Macbeth who expresses the difficulty of vision in terms of lack of courage " I'll go no more " and Lady Macbeth to tell him " infirm of purpose.Give me the daggers ", thus appearing more courageous than Macbeth or rather less human. Unlike Lady Macbeth who firmly believes that " a little water will clear us of that deed ", Macbeth thinks that " this hand will rather the multitoudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red ". The opposition and contrast has never been so clear, Lady Macbeth uses a minimizing language " little " when Macbeth speaks with hyperboles " multitoudiness ". The contrast will become even more obvious when we analyse how they both relate to their conscience and how they want want to clear it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth has no blood on her hands not only because it is washed away but also because it is on someone else's hands. Of course, the blood theme, the washing of the hands, the sea turning to blood is a direct intertextual reference to the Bible : Moses chastizing the Egyptians for enslaving the Jewsish people by contaminating the Nile with blood, and, in the New Testament, Pilate washing his hands, that is clearing his conscience with a little water of the condamnation of Jesus. Hence, this excerpt in direcly linked to the notion of sin and Divine Justice which , by punishment, will restore the natural order. Conclusion : To conclude, we can say that this passage allows the reader to measure the difference between the two main characters. When Macbeth appears weak and fearful, his wife seems strong and merciless, when Macbeth has pangs of consience and refuses to watch the blood on his hands, Lady Macbeth plunges her hands in Duncan's corpse. The main difference lies in the fact that Lady Macbeth masters perfectly illusion or so she believes for it is her very conscience that will betray her, and she will have to expiate her illusions in the sleep-walking scene and later on her dying bed . ...read more.

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