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In Macbeth Act 2 scene 2

But wherefore could not I pronoune "Amen"?
I had most need of blessing, and "Amen"
Stuck in my throat.


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I haven't done Macbeth in class or anything but I'm pretty sure he can't say Amen because of the sin he has committed right? Didn't he kill someone or something. He wants God to bless him but God won't let the word Amen come out of his mouth because of him committing such a great sin.
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Ok what you say about "Methought I heard a voice cry Sleep no more!"
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It's Macbeth's paranoia. He's terrified about being judged by God and condemned to an eternity of suffering. He's still vaguely human at this point. Soon, after the banquet, he basically gives up and figures he may as well just kill everybody that's in his way: 'I am in blood Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er.'
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Thanks what could I say when Lady Macbeth says 'These deeds must not be thought, after these ways so it will make us mad.'
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She's telling him not to think about what he's done: 'the dead are but as pictures'. Remember she's sacrificed her femininity (and humanity): 'from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty.' Of course, this rigid self control is shattered by Act 5 when she goes mad.
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Thanks what could I say when Lady Macbeth says 'These deeds must not be thought, after these ways so it will make us mad.'
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Ok thanks how is Lady Macbeth and Macbeth presented as guilty charcaters, last question.
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That's a bigger question. That'll be an essay. In fact, this year's OCR examination on 'Macbeth' asked pretty much that: 'How do Lady Macbeth and Macbeth react to the death of King Duncan?' Broadly, Macbeth can't speak coherently, he has hallucinations because his mind is 'full of scorpions' and he decides he's going to kill everyone. Lady Macbeth comes apart in Act 5: hallucinations, sleepwalking, confessions.
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