Throughout the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses many motifs to portray the deeper and dark themes used in the play. One of the main Motif used in the play is Hallucinations. Shakespeare uses hallucination in the play to show the characters’ guilt and remorse towards the killings in the play. (Act 2, scene 1, Lines 36-39)
“Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?”
The dagger is covered with blood and it’s pointing like an arrow to the king’s chamber. It’s apparent that the dagger indicates that something wicked is about to happen and it also symbolizes the point of no return, since it’s vital to the entire story whether Macbeth succeeds in killing Duncan or not. Additionally, it’s a revelation of chaos and disorder. Motif of Hallucinations in Macbeth's (Scenes 1-5 Act 1 scene 3 page 333 lines 39-47) How far is’t called to forres? What are these,
So withered, and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o’ the earth.
And yet are on’t? Live you? Or are you aught
That man may question? You seem to understand me,
By each at once her choppy finger laying
Upon her skinny lips. You should be women,
And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
That you are so.
Banquo states the fact that he is not certain of the witches’ definite presence when he queries whether they are alive or not and tells them that their looks prove otherwise. He expresses to them that they all seem as women but their beards, their terms, and their clothing prove different. The foresights of the witches deal with Macbeth’s future as Thane and King, which could be shown to be unreal by Macbeth and Banquo.
(Act 2 scene 1 page 349 lines 33-43)
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
To feeling as to sight?...
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