Doctor: "Since his majesty went into the field, i have seen her rise from her bed." Lady Macbeth:"Thane of Fife had a wife, where is she now? What will these hands never be clean? No more that, my lord no more."

Act 5

  • Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking and talking to herself
  • Shes saying that shes guilty for murdering Duncan
  • She can never "clean her hands" meaning never forget or forgive herself for killing Duncan

Macbeth: "Sleep no more, to all the house, Glamis hath murder'd and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep more."

Act 2

  • Macbeth killed someone in his sleep
  • He killed an innocent person in his sleep
  • No one is safe

Banquo: "I dreamst last night of the three weird sisters, to you they have some truth."

Act 2

  • He is discussing about the witches to Macbeth
  • He is dreaming about the witches prophecies coming true


  • I think that Macbeth used the motif sleep well because he used it at the right times
  • When people sleep and dream they dream about things they want or think.
  • In this story people keep a lot of things to them self and it may build up guilt and then they think about it all night and it can come into their dreams.
  • At that point Macbeth used that as an example, Lady Macbeth sleep walking and talking about killing Duncan and never cleansing her self from it.
  • Duncan was thinking about the witches prophecies and how they are coming true so he dreamt about it