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Hi all, I have a really interesting brief for my coursework this term, and am currently writing my first draft. Our title is Explore the Sleep Motif in Macbeth- thankfully, there's lots to write about. I've decided to focus on how insomnia has a definite psychological effect on the characters of Macbeth and his wife.
So basically, to the point, this is my introduction:

The motif of sleep in Macbeth is viewedas an unnatural state- it is the void between life and death, and tends to the pains of the day. In Shakespeare’s work, the punishment for cruel deeds is the inability to sleep- insomnia has a definite psychological effect on the characters, which is seen when Macbeth (the titular character) murders Duncan, the King of Scotland. Macbeth and his wife are no longer able to sleep restfully, and the longer they go without this, the more insane they become. Macbeth becomes violent and tormented, and his wife starts sleepwalking and experiencing nightmares- she eventually commits suicide. Shakespeare uses the theme of sleep and it’s ties to conscience, action and consequence to show the stages of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s downfall.

What do you all think of it? Where do I need to expand? How can I improve? Thank you.

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