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In Shakespeares Macbeth Lady Macbeth slowly drives herself towards insanity and a guilt-ridden conscience Initially Lady Macbeth is a ruthless power-hungry agitator manipulating her husband to murder innocent threats to their ascent to the Scottish throne Afterward however her resolve dissipates as the toll of murders and the increased suspicion by the onlookers weighs on her conscience By the end of the play the repercussions of Lady Macbeths unrestrained ambition results in her overwhelming guilt and madness signified by her sleepwalking episode where she imagines an irremovable bloodstain on her hands in Act V scene i Lady Macbeths evil deeds drive her towards insanity where she sleepwalks a symbol of her guilt and paranoia overtaking her feeble mind It is ironic that Lady Macbeth cannot rid her pain and guilt through sleep in this scene when in the banquet scene she tells Macbeth You lack the season of all natures sleep indicating that sleep will remedy all of his problems IIIiv142 But in actuality sleep does not relieve her of any stress it only brings her greater pain and torment In addition Lady Macbeths inability to sleep was foreshadowed by the voice that Macbeth imagined after he killed Duncan prophesizing Sleep no more Macbeth does murder sleep IIii34-35 The experience of guilt and suffering she pays for as a result of her unrelenting ambition governs her soul such that the natural divisions of night and day crumble Lady Macbeth appears to be awake as her eyes are open but their sense are shut signifying her delusional state Vi27-28 Lady Macbeth once desired darkness and evil Come thick night And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell to allow her to transform into a wicked being Iiv51-52 Ironically now that her ambition is lost and guilt has settled in she carries a candle when she is sleepwalking so she has light by her continually Vi25-26 The candle is a feeble attempt to dispel
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