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    Shakespeare displays disturbed minds through showing Lady Macbeth is emotionally unstable. Lady Macbeth says: ‘Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry, hold! Hold!’ She is so desperate to commit her desired murder on Duncan that she does not want ‘heaven’,which has connotations of God and grace to see what she is planning, so that there becomes no barrier between Lady Macbeth and Duncan. She wants to be covered in darkness because evil actions and desires always happen in complete night, as is a common belief of the audience of Shakespeare. Her mind is shrouded by darkness and since evil occurs in complete darkness, her mind is-not guided by light or God, hence being emotionally unstable due to this lack of guidance, which explains the lack of structure in her writing. The quote switches between prose and verse, hence the: ‘hold! Hold!’ Her mind is so emotionally unstable, that it acts with impulse, hence the sudden appearance of the ‘hold!’The word is also repeated, which exemplifies that her mind is not aware that she has just said the first ‘hold!’ And repeats it with the same word, as if she has the feeling of déjà vu, hence proving her emotionally unstable mind. The repetitions could also mean that she is paranoid and desperately doesn't want ‘heaven’to notice her plans because heaven is being personified as a person who screams‘hold!’ If Heaven ever realized what she was planning, then her punishment will be deadly because the exclamation mark exemplifies heaven’s anger for Lady Macbeth to stop, hence having an unstable mind because to prevent this, she hides behind ‘the blanket of the dark’.
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Updated: May 14, 2015


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