Guilty Conscience in "Macbeth" Analytical Essay by ResearchRiter

Guilty Conscience in "Macbeth"
An analysis of the motifs employed by Shakespeare to reinforce several themes in his play "Macbeth".
# 120648 | 1,250 words | 12 sources | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (MacBeth)

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This analysis of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" focuses on the motifs of appearances versus reality, disturbed mental states and sleeplessness. The analysis describes how these motifs are used by Shakespeare to underscore the negative impact of a guilty conscience on the human psyche.

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"In William Shakespeare's tragic drama "Macbeth", a tale of unbridled lust for power and its impact on the human soul, there are a number of motifs employed by the author to reinforce a number of themes in the work. Chief among these motifs are appearance and reality, disturbed mental states and sleep. All three of these motifs are connected to a central theme of the play, the negative impact of a guilty conscience on those who commit murder. At the outset of Macbeth, we see..."

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