Significance Of Guilt In Macbeth

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth
In Macbeth, 2.2.13-93 irony, metaphors and theme topic guilt. This passage is significant because of the use of irony that use foreshadows lady Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s madness. Also from the use of metaphors that create images of sleep as a positive necessity (Jabbur). Finally, this passage is significant because of it reveals how Macbeth is driven into madness due to guilt (Rasanathan). This passage is significant because of its use of irony that foreshadow Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's madness. As Lady Macbeth returns realizing her hand are of your colour (2.2.81), same as Macbeth hands. She believes a little water clears us of this deed (2.2.85). That little bit of water did not seem to be enough since she later finds herself washing her hands over and over again to clear her of the deed. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth about the murder, he refers to it as a sorry sight (2.2.29), Lady Macbeth disagrees a foolish thought, to say sorry sight (2.2.30). Lady Macbeth was wrong as she is driven mad by guilt when her husband is king. While Lady Macbeth and Macbeth hear a knocking, Lady Macbeth consults Macbeth saying retire we to our chamber: (2.2.84), put on your nightgown, lest occasion call us (2.2.89). Later on when Lady Macbeth is driven mad by her guilt she seems to hear a knocking and repeats the same thing. The irony in passage
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Macbeth compares sleep to the death of each day's life (2.2.50), sore labour's bath (2.2.51) and great nature's second course (2.2.51). As sleep is completes the day, death completes the life. As well as sleep is the most nourishing for the body like the second course or dish in a meal. Macbeth compares life to innocent things because he feels he has ruined it for himself as well as his wife. All of these metaphors makes 2.2.13-93 a significant