"Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation from the heat oppressed brain?"
In Shakespeare's Macbeth hallucinations represent a psychological manifestation of the protagonist's remorse and delusions. Macbeth isn't the only character in the play who is manipulated and tricked by his own mind, lady macbeth also experiences apparitions. each hallucinatory vision comes as a result of both character's wrongdoing. In act two Macbeth has a vision of a dagger before he murders Duncan. This moment represents the first of many hallucinations and apparitions that will occur throughout the play. In this case the apparition reveals that Macbeth is experiencing remorse about killing Duncan. However, further on in the play Macbeth has visions after killing and eventually the visions will disappear completely along with his remorse. Thus, the hallucination of the dagger in act two is essential in understanding the role of remorse in macbeth and Lady Macbeth's character development. "Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation from the heat oppressed brain?" This quote is taken from Macbeth's soliloquy in Act II. Standing alone after Banquo's departure, Macbeth envisions a dagger covered in blood. As soon as he tries to touch it he realizes that what he saw was just a vision created by his paranoid mind. The dagger is pointing in the direction of the room were Duncan is sleeping causing Macbeth to think that the apparition in some way is anticipating what he is about to do.
The apparitions in the play are also connected to the larger theme of things not being what they seem. From the outskirt Shakespeare describes a world where everything is called into question. Fore example in scene one of the first act, “Fair is foul and foul is fair”. Else where we have another example of how recurring is this theme when Donalbain says: “There is daggers in men smiles” to worn Malcom that he could soon be betrayed also by his closest friends. When...
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