Word Trace for Macbeth

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Word Trace: Sleep
Entry # 1
1. Quotation and Speaker
a. Macbeth: Ere we will eat our meal in fear and sleep/ In the affliction of these terrible dreams/ That shake us nightly: better be with the dead,/ Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,/ Than on the torture of the mind to lie/ In restless ecstasy. (3.2. ) 2. Paraphrase and Clarification.

a. We will eat and sleep in fear because of the deeds we have done have caused us terrible dreams that wake up: it is better to be among the dead than to be tortured by the lies we have told. 3. Conclusion:

a. First Quote: There is no comparison yet. Macbeth is regretting everything he has done and wishes we could be dead. The word sleep in this statement means a terrible thing related to the devil. Entry #2

1. Quotation and Speaker
a. Macbeth: Duncan is in his grave;/ After life's fitful fever he sleeps well; (3.2. )
2. Paraphrase and Clarification
a. Duncan is forever resting in his grave.
3. Conclusion
a. The connotation of the word sleep is the same as the first quote. Sleep can either be a good or a bad thing. For Example: When you die you either go to heaven or hell. In this quote it implies that Duncan is in heaven having a good time.

Entry # 3
1. Quotation and Speaker
a. Lady Macbeth: You lack the season of all natures, sleep (3.4. ) 2. Paraphrase and Clarification
a. All you lack is sleep.
3. Conclusions
a. Again we see the recurring theme of good and bad sleep. In this quote by Lady Macbeth to her husband says that he needs to sleep but lacks that because he has a guilty conscious.

General Conclusions for Act 3:
In act three of the play Macbeth, we see that sleep normally means a good thing. But Lady Macbeth and Macbeth cannot sleep because they are guilty of murder. They both want to sleep well but are not able to. General Conclusions for Act 4:

In act four we see that William Shakespeare is using the word sleep...
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