Without your sanity what are you really left with? In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Macbeth, the tragic hero Macbeth starts out has a brave and heroic solider and then ends up as a heartless murderer. However, by the end of the play, Macbeth’s sanity has completely left him. In the beginning of the play Macbeth slowing starts drifting away from reality. Macbeth is saying this before he is about to kill the king. “Is this a dagger which I see before me,/the handle toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee. /I have thee not, and yet I see thee still./Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible/. . .” (II, i, 33-61). He can see this dagger floating in front of him but he cannot grab it and during this he is still trying to mentally prepare himself to go kill the king. Then after the murder has occurred Macbeth is found shouting this to his self and Lady Macbeth. “Still it cried, ‘Sleep no more!’ to all the house:/ ‘Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor/ Shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more’” (II, ii, 40-43). He is saying this because he can’t believe what he just did and he doesn’t think he will be able to sleep ever again. Then he just keeps getting crazier has the play continues.
During the middle of the play Macbeth has just hired killers to assassinate Banquo and now they are having a dinner party and Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo and says this “The times has been that, when the brains were out:/ The man would die, and there an end:/but now they rise again” (III, iv, 79-81). He is saying this because he can see Banquo standing there and means when you used to kill somebody they would stay dead and not come back to haunt you. Then the ghost vanishes and they have a toast and drink some wine then the ghost reappears and Macbeth says this, “Avaunt! And quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee!/ Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold;/ Thou hast no speculation in those eyes/ Which thou dost glare with” (III, iv, 94-97). He wants the...
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