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Sleep is a time when everything thoughts images fears and even people can be put to rest its like semi-death but there in the morning there is a rebirth a reawakening Sleep is the asylum and refuge for what is done during the day The pre-murder of Duncan the aftermaths of the murder and the realization of what Macbeth has done are all parts of the motif sleep A heavy summons lies like lead upon me And yet I would not sleep merciful powers Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose IIi6-9 Banquo says to his son the night that Macbeth murders Duncan Banquo doesnt say just what thoughts are disturbing his sleep but we can guess that they have to do with the witches prophecies Later in the scene we have Macbeth tells Banquo that he will reward him if he supports him in something having to do with the witchs prophecies Banquo shows that he is suspicious of Macbeths motives and Macbeth ends the conversation by wishing Banquo Good repose IIi29 a good nights sleep That night Macbeth hallucinates by seeing a bloody dagger in the air Now oer the one half-world Nature seems dead and wicked dreams abuse The curtaind sleep IIi49-51 Sleep is curtaind but in the dark of night wicked dreams can penetrate the curtains and sleep itself Here Macbeth is put to rest temporarily and experiences nightmares only to wake up the next morning having forgotten everything After Macbeth murders Duncan he is so unnerved that he can hardly move Staring at his bloody hands he tells his wife that as he left Duncans chambers he heard two men in another room Theres one did laugh ins sleep and one cried Murder IIii20 He feels that those two men even though asleep could see his bloody hands and knew what he had just
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