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Just Sleep On It Every human being experiences rough times at one point or another Whether it is minor or major its how an individual deals with the problem that makes him or her a stronger person Traditionally when faced with a dilemma people often want to sleep on it in order to get everything straight Sleep generally is thought of as a peaceful time of rejuvenation and bodily repair In the tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeths aspirations to become King contradict the established method and turns sleep into something that is feared The motif of sleep depicts the actions of Macbeth and how they distort the peaceful aspect of sleep On the night that Macbeth murders King Duncan while he was sleeping Banquo says to his son A Heavy summons lies like lead upon me And yet I would not sleep merciful powers Restrain me in the cursed thoughts218-10 Banquo doesnt say just what thoughts are disturbing his sleep but one can infer that they have to do with the witches prophecy which is once Macbeth is crowned Thane of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland Banquo will produce a line of Scottish kings A little later in the scene Macbeth seems to suggest that he could reward Banquo if Banquo would somehow support him in something having to do with the witches prophecies Banquo shows that he is suspicious of Macbeths motives and Macbeth ends the conversation by wishing Banquo Good repose2140 or a good nights sleep After Banquo has gone to bed Macbeth hallucinates seeing a bloody dagger in the air and then he tells himself that it is the time of night for such a hallucination by saying Now oer the one-half world Nature seems dead and wicked dreams abuse The curtained sleep2161-62 Sleep is curtained because at night wicked dreams can penetrate the curtains and sleep itself After
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