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Macbeth Dreams and the Subconscious

Dreams and subconscious

shabina saidyar

on 7 October 2015

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Transcript of Macbeth Dreams and the Subconscious

Macbeth is affected by both nightmares and visions throughout the story. Macbeth feels guilt from his murder of Duncan and Banquo.

Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth,
"You lack the seasons of all natures, sleep" (3.5.140)

Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that sleep doesn't come to him naturally like the seasons.
After hearing the prophecy, Banquo comes back to Macbeth at his castle to talk about it. Banquo tells Macbeth , "I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters,To you they have show'd some truth" (2.1.20-21).

In this line Banquo is telling Macbeth that he dreamt about the witches , and he thinks the prophecies will come true.


Macbeth Navigator: Themes: Sleep (Macbeth Navigator: Themes: Sleep)


Sleep & Dreams in Macbeth
In the play
sleep and dreams are important elements and go throughout the play. Sleep is peace. When you sleep, you tend to dream. If you do not have that contentment with yourself, then your soul will fill itself with guilt,and you will not be able to sleep well. You may even have nightmares. Events also drive dreams and sleep. If you feel guilty, odds are you feel guilt because of something you did or something that happened.

In Macbeth, the witches prophecies are what leads to the plot and lead Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to eternal sleep, peaceful sleep, and disturbed sleep.

Dreams are sequences of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur invouluntarily in the mind during certain stages.
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund is the Founding father of psychoanalysis. He said that dreams indicate your hidden desire and are one's expressions of certain wishes.For example, your "cravings"
Jung is the Founder of analytical psychology. He believed that dreams were a way of communicating with one's unconscious. He believed that dreams are also the connection to the inner core of the human subconscious.
The subconscious part of the mind contains thoughts and feelings that you are not fully aware of. It also maintains things that you do on a daily basis. You sometimes remember past experiences.The conscious part of your mind is able to bring these thoughts forward. These thoughts include ideas that may be unacceptable to society, wishes(desires), traumatic experiences, and unpleasant emotions.
In conclusion, I can say that dreams and the subconscious play an important role in the fate of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth along with other characters in Macbeth. We learned that dreams can reveal our darkest fears and our deepest secrets. It has also become clear that our subconscious mind stores the thoughts that are socially unexeptable and emotionally tramatic.
Carl Jung
In psychology, the subconscious is the part of consciousness that is not currently in focal awareness.
In Act 2 Scene 1 , Macbeth is not sure wether he should kill Duncan or not. When Macbeth is approaching Duncan's room, Macbeth sees a floating dagger pointing to Duncan's room. Macbeth thinks the dagger floating is a sign telling him that killing duncan is the right choice and to achieving the prophecies. Killing Duncan, Macbeth thinks its his desire and to becoming king.
"Is this a dagger which I see before me. The handle towards my hand? Come let me clutch thee." (2.133-34)
Dreams and the Subconscious
BY:Shabina Saidyar
Lady Macbeth shows us guilt in Act 5 "Out, damned spot! out, I say! One; two: why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky! Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"(5.1.31-35)

Lady Macbeth is so guilty that shes reliving her past experiences in her sleep, also the striking of the bell perhaps that which called Macbeth to kill Duncan, and also shes sleep walking.
Does Lady Macbeth show any guilt or concern for her part in Duncan's murder before the "Out, damned spot!" soliloquy... - Homework Help - eNotes.com (enotes.com)


The End
BY: Shabina Saidyar
The Subconscious Mind (Subconscious Mind Power)


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

"All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!"
Witches Prophecies
Lady Macbeth Guilts
Work Cited
Subconscious Guilf for Macbeth
After the death of king Duncan. Macbeth says," Still it cried, “Sleep no more!” to all the house.
“Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more." (2.2.35-37)

Macbeth is showing his subconscious side. Macbeth says the death of king Duncan will haunt him until he lives, Macbeth is also feeling guilty

Quick Summary
Lady Macbeth Guilt and Subconscious
Lady Macbeth feeling guilty and showing subconscious guilt
Lady Macbeth doent feel guilt until in Act 5. We found out shes guilty In her famous sleep walking scene. In Act 5 Scene 1, One of her attendants tells Macbeth of his wife's strange nocturnal behavior:

The Attendant (GentleWoman) says:"I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon 't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep." (5.1.5-10)

The gentle woman and the docter dont know why shes grabbing a piece of paper, writing on it , and then reading it, but we can predict that Lady Macbeth feels guilty and perhaps shes writing a confession on it? something clearly deep in her subconscious disturbs her sleep and shows her odd behaviour.
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