I found the way in which guilt is dealt with in the play quite
interesting. Macbeth and his wife thought that they could get away with
Duncan's murder very easily by putting the blame on the guards of
Duncan. What I found interesting is that they didn't count on their
own inner conscience. Though the deed was easily done, the memory
stayed on for a long time. I liked the way in which the act of washing
hands was used to portray the guilt of the Macbeths in the play.
In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is the one who is more perturbed
by the sight of Duncan's blood on his hands. Lady Macbeth doesn't
seem to be that disturbed and think just a little bit of water will
wash the evidence away.
Macbeth: "What hands are here? Ha: they pluck out mine eyes.
Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No: this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red."
(Act 2, scene 2, 62-66)
Lady Macbeth: "A little water clears us of this deed.
How easy it is then!"
(Act 2, scene 2, 70-71)
These lines show the contrast in the attitude of Macbeth and his wife
with regards to the blood on their hands. But towards the end of the
play, the roles seem to have switched. Macbeth becomes a little more
cold-blooded (in my opinion) and embarks on this murdering spree and
kills Macduff's entire family for no reason. Lady Macbeth goes mad
with the guilt and starts sleep walking. Even in her sleep, she sees
the blood stains on her hand and tries in vain to get rid of them
Lady Macbeth: "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 afread? 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?"
(Act 5, scene 1, 30-34)
Duncan's murder. Yet she is haunted by the deed even in her sleep.
She thinks the blood is still fresh on her hands.
Lady Macbeth: "Here's the smell of the blood still; all the per-
fumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. O,
(Act 5, scene 1, 42-43)
the hands interesting because it directly links the both of them to the
murder while they try to comfort themselves by thinking that the night
would hide their deed and that they would be able to forget the past
and blind themselves so that they don't see the horrors of reality.
Obviously they were unsuccessful at that and the guilt of the first
murder stayed on fresh in their minds almost throughout the play.
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