Guilt

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  • Guilt
    • Macduff
      • 'all my pretty chickens?'
      • 'at one fell swoop?'
        • knows how vulnerable and weak they were
        • bird imagery to show they were peaceful and pure
      • 'Naught that I am, not for their own demerits but for mine'
        • guilty as he thinks they were killed because of his sinful ways not because they had done anything
          • thinks it was his fault
    • Macbeth
      • 'will all neptune's ocean clean the blood from my hands?'
        • needs more than 'a little water' to clear him of his guilt
      • 'turning the green one red'
        • his guilt and wrongdoing could turn the ocean red with the blood
      • 'o full of scorpions is my mind dear wife'
        • madness from the guilt of all his murders
      • 'never shake thy gory locks at me'
        • seeing Banquo's ghost shows his regret
          • Banquo shaking his head shows his disapproval and Macbeth sees this and it feeds into his guilt
      • 'life is but a shadow'
        • none of it was worth it
      • 'a tale of fury told by an idiot'
      • 'stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires'
        • knows what he is going to do and doesnt want anyone to see it
    • Lady Macbeth
      • 'had he not resembled my father as he slept I'd had done it'
        • knows she would've felt a great amount of guilt if she murdered Duncan as she doesn't have the courage to kill her own father
        • some level of weakness and morality
        • confirmation she is capable of feeling guilt
      • 'out damn spot, out I say'
        • cannot remove her actions or guilt just through washing it away, annoying little spot that stains her
          • stained her soul
      • 'will this hand ne'er be clean?'
        • cannot wash away the deed or guilt
          • will stay with her forever
      • 'will all the perfumes of Arabia not sweeten this little hand?'
        • nothing can wash away the guilt or take away the smell of blood she hallucinates
          • 'little' shows femininity and weakness
      • 'the thane of fife had a wife, where is she now?'
      • 'but who'd have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him'
        • didnt think she would feel this much guilt
      • 'come thick night'

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