Macbeth GUILT

“Why do you start and seem to fear, /Things that do sound so fair?” ACT 1 SCENE 3- ‘start’ suggest guilt meaning to jump with fear/ shock
“Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more”” Murder Scene- Murder happens offstage to present Macbeth’s tormented mental state. Even when he does sleep he is filled with guilt- “terrible dreams that shake us nightly”.
“hangman’s hands” Macbeth’s reference to killing victims. He realises the impossibility of washing away his guilt- “the multitudinous seas incarnadine, / Making the green one red”.
“A little water clears us of the deed” Lady Macbeth confronts Macbeth about the guilt he holds. This is ironic as she is later seen sleepwalking washing imaginary blood from her hands.
“Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me” After arranging Banquo’s murder, Macbeth is tortured by guilt even more
“Out damned spot!…’All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” ACT 5- Lady Macbeth is seen continually washing her hands, as she believes her hands are blood-stained
“What’s done cannot be undone” ACT 3- Admission of guilt to Macbeth
“My soul is too much charged with blood of thine already” Macbeth warns Macduff to stay away from him. He realises he has killed Macduff’s wife and children and this will ULTIMATELY LEAD TO HIS DEATH

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