Macbeth – Guilt Quotes

“Is this a dagger which I see before me” Macbeth hallucinates seeing a dagger in front of him on his way to kill Duncan. This reflects the guilt he is already feeling.
“Every noise appals me” After Macbeth has murdered Duncan, he becomes paranoid about it. He begins to be startled by noises.
“Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep!” Macbeth thinks he hears someone say this. This shows that after killing Duncan, Macbeth is feeling paranoid and guilty as he fears he will never sleep again.
“Out damned spot!” Lady Macbeth hallucinates blood on her hands before she dies. This corresponds with when Macbeth hallucinates a dagger. Both show how the murder of Duncan has made them guilty and insane from paranoia.
“Doubtful joy” and “Restless ecstasy” Oxymorons to show Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s mixed emotions. They got what they wanted but they also feel guilt and uneasy.
“Faces vizards to our hearts” (The Murder of Banquo)Multiple suggestions: 1) He may want to protect Lady Macbeth from more guilt 2)…Or because he’s driven by his own ambition that her opinion doesn’t matter anymore.
“Scorpions in my mind” and “The bat has flown” Animal imagery.Sets an unsettling tone as these animals remind the audience of evil and emphasise Macbeth’s feelings of insecurity and paranoia.
“Come, come, come, come” Lady Macbeth goes mad with guilt at the end of the play. This quote shows she’s lost all self control and struggles with a guilt conscience. This is in contrast with the beginning of the play where she speaks to confidently about the murder of King Duncan.
“Out, damned spot!” Lady Macbeth is washing her hands in the hope that she can wash away her feelings of guilt like she did wash away the blood after Duncan’s death. Guilt and Isolation affect Lady Macbeth so greatly that she cannot live with what she’s done and kills herself.

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