Importance of Sleep in Macbeth

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|The Importance of Sleep |

|Q. Find evidence from this scene, which shows that Lady Macbeth is suffering, like Macbeth, from lack of sleep? | |Lady Macbeth is sleeping but not resting. This is noticeable by the Doctor’s comments: | |“A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching. In this slumbery | |agitation, besides her walking, and other actual performances, what (at any time) have you heard her say?” “her eyes are open.” |

|Q. Trace the reasons behind her disturbed sleep. | | | |Past actions have now made Lady Macbeth feel guilty. While sleeping, she reveals her thoughts about different events, from | |planning the deed to reassuring Macbeth that Banquo’s ghost is just an illusion comparable to the one of the dagger. | | | |What does “sleep” symbolise throughout the play? | | | |“Macbeth shall sleep no more.” | | | |The Gentlewoman comments to the Doctor: | |...
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