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How images of sleep are used to develop the theme of conscie

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Victoria Gonyea

on 8 November 2016

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Transcript of How images of sleep are used to develop the theme of conscie

Sleep takes a big part in Shakespreares "Macbeth". From sleep being slain, to sleep disorders. Sleep plays a role in this play and developing the plot and theme of conscience. It plays parts in multiple characters conscience, such as Macbeth himself.
Lady Macbeth's conscience
Lady Macbeth's conscience changes throughout the play. In the beginning of the play, she seems to have no conscience. She pushes Macbeth into killing Duncan when he was having second thoughts. However, later on in the play, after Banquo is killed, Lady Macbeth's guilt begins to catch up to her. She begins sleep walking and sleep talking and confessing to her crimes as she sleeps. These types of sleeping habits can only occur in stage 4 of sleep conscience.
In this play, Shakespeare uses sleep as a way to convey certain characters thoughts. This point is used when describing Lady Macbeth, and sleep is used to show the audience the hidden guilt that Lady Macbeth pretended not to feel. Because this occurred, this proves that Lady Macbeth is not as tough as she seems or may want to seem.
In conclusion
In the end, Shakespeare uses sleep in multiple ways to develop the theme of conscience in Macbeth. He uses is as something helpful to Macbeth when he kills Duncan, because it makes it easier to kill him and further develop the plot. He uses it so that the audience could further understand lady Macbeth, and he uses it to notify the audience of certain characters mental health.
Before Macbeth kills Duncan, Macbeth's conscience gives him signs that he should not do it. For example, his conscience (in a hallucination) says to him that he is a "murderer of sleep" and basically Macbeth's own conscience is warning him that what he is about to do is not right.
Macbeth's conscience
Sleep is one of the numerous conscious states our brains are in everyday. However, sleep itself has is own states of consciences. These are referred to in sleep stages. The sleep stages include 1,2,3,4 and REM.
How images of sleep are used to develop the theme of conscience in Macbeth

Sleep as a state of conscience
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