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A ravelld sleave is a tangled skein of thread or yarn Macbeth uses it as a metaphor for the kind of frustration we experience when we have so many problems that we cant see the end to any of them In such a case we often say that we want to sleep on it in order to get everything straight Macbeth also compares sleep to a soothing bath after a day of hard work and to the main course of a feast To Macbeth sleep is not only a necessity of life but something that makes life worth living and he feels that when he murdered his King in his sleep he murdered sleep itself Scene Summary According to Macbeths Porter--who is still a buzzy from a night of partying--sleep is one of the side effects of drink which causes nose-painting sleep and urine 2328-29 The Porter also equates sleep with impossible dreams He says that drink makes a man horny but unable to do anything about it so that he can only dream of having sex Drink equivocates him in a sleep and giving him the lie leaves him 2335-36 Later in the same scene after Macduff has discovered the bloody body of King Duncan he calls upon Banquo and the Kings sons to awake to Shake off this downy sleep deaths counterfeit And look on death itself 2376-77 Macduff means that although sleep and death may look similar real sleep is downy and comforting while real death is a horror When Macduff rings an alarm bell Lady Macbeth enters asking Whats the business That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley The sleepers of the house 2381-83 Her words should remind us that most of the people on stage look as if they have just been awakened from deep sleep Macbeth and Lady Macbeth certainly appear in their nightclothes because they want
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