Macbeth, part 9

We've spent the entire play up until now talking about murdering Duncan, so LET'S SEE DUNCAN GETTING MURDERED!

...ha ha, just kidding, let's skip to right after the murder. 

This is possibly my favorite scene in Macbeth. We don't get to see the murder of Duncan, onstage, but Macbeth's totally unhinged reaction makes the offstage murder that much more harrowing. This is a hardened veteran of many battles who started the play literally splitting someone open, and he's totally freaked out by what he's just done.

The "sleep no more" speech is great too. Here it is:

Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast,--
Still it cried 'Sleep no more!' to all the house:
'Glamis hath murder'd sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.'

It's a really good idea to memorize it, and then recite over and over in your head on those long, dark nights when you're having trouble getting to sleep.

...sorry, did I say that was a good idea? That's a bad idea. Don't do that. 

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