Act5summaries - Macbeth scene summaries Act 5 Scene 1 A gentlewoman and a doctor discuss Lady Macbeths habit of sleepwalking The doctor calls in

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Macbeth scene summaries Act 5Scene 1A gentlewoman and a doctor discuss Lady Macbeth’s habit of sleepwalking. The doctor calls in unnatural by saying, “A great perturbation in nature (5.1.8). The doctor then says, “You see her eyes are open,” and the gentlewoman replies, “ Ay, but their sense is shut” (5.1.20-21). This means that although her eyes are open, she is not seeing anything. Lady Macbeth begins washing her hands, saying, “Out, damned spot! out, I say! One;/ two: why, then ‘tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky!” (5.1.25-26). The blood is symbolic of the guilt she feels about murder and she can not get the blood off her hands meaning that she can not get rid of the guilt. Lady Macbeth then says, “all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! Oh! Oh!” meaning that nothing can cover up this guilt (5.1.43-44). The doctor says that Lady Macbeth’s mind is far too corrupt for him to help. Next, Lady Macbeth says, “What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed,” which is interesting because it is what she originally said to Macbeth when he came to her feeling guilty (5.1.59). Lady Macbeth then leaves. Hearing all this, the doctor says, “Unnatural deeds/ Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds/ To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets;/ More needs she the divine than the physician.” (5.1.63-65). This meansthat unnatural acts will cause supernatural events to occur and that she needs god. Scene 2Menteith, Caithness, Angus, and Lennox, all noblemen of Scotland, discuss how each side is getting ready for war. Menteith says how the English army is close and is lead by Malcolm, Siward, and Macduff. Menteith then calls Macbeth a tyrant (which they all seem to

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