- "Sleep shall neither night nor day Hang upon his pent-house lid"
- I tortured him [sailor] to the point that he will be unable to sleep at any point.
- "When Duncan is asleep—
Whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey
Soundly invite him—his two chamberlains
Will I with wine and wassail so convince
That memory, the warder of the brain,
Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason
A limbeck only"
- After Duncan falls asleep, which he will welcome considering the journey he endured, I will get his two guards so intoxicated that their memory and reason will be impaired.
- "when in swinish sleep
Their drenched natures lie as in a death,
What cannot you and I perform upon
The unguarded Duncan? what not put upon
His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt
Of our great quell?"
- Once the guards fall into a deep slumber, what can't we do to Duncan and frame the guards for.
- "Will it not be received,
When we have mark'd with blood those sleepy two
Of his own chamber and used their very daggers,
That they have done't?"
- Once we have framed the 2 guards for Duncan's murder, won't it seem like they have perpetrated the act?
- "A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,
And yet I would not sleep"
- Although I'm very tired, I can't sleep.
- "Now o'er the one halfworld
Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
The curtain'd sleep"
- Now that it is night-time, the world appears to be dead, plagued by hallucinations.
- "There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried
- One of the two guards laughed in his sleep, and the other yelled 'Murder!'.
- "That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them:
But they did say their prayers, and address'd them
Again to sleep."
- The two guards woke each other up. I could hear them. They said their prayers and then prepared themselves for sleep once again.
- "Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep, "
- I thought I heard something say 'Sleep is dead, Macbeth has killed sleep, 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,—"
- Sleep that takes care of us, that ends each day, that helps us recover from pain
- "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.'"
- The voice kept saying 'Sleep is dead', to everyone in the house: 'Macbeth has killed sleep so he shall no longer be able to sleep.'
- "go carry them; and smear
The sleepy grooms with blood."
- Go frame the 2 guards by marking them with blood.
- "Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the dead
Are but as pictures"
- Give me the daggers: Duncan and the 2 sleeping guards will be unable to do anything.
- "Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and
- Drinking gives one the urge to sleep, urinate and it makes one's nose red.
- "in conclusion, equivocates him
in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him."
- Intoxication tricks you into a slumber and then disappears.
- "Malcolm! awake!
Shake off this downy sleep, death's counterfeit,
And look on death itself!"
- Wake up from your sleep (fake death) Malcolm. Look at this actual death.
- "What's the business,
That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley
The sleepers of the house? speak, speak!"
- What has happened to make such a horrible noise wake up the sleeping guests of this house?
Through the first two acts, the idea of sleep is very important for the developments concerning Macbeth and his wife. For Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, sleep mainly functions as a source of opportunity for their assassination of Duncan. Macbeth is able to kill Duncan and frame the 2 guards for his murder because the 3 men all happen to be sleeping, a plan developed by Lady Macbeth. However, for Macbeth, sleep also appears as an admission of his guilt over the murder of Duncan. Macbeth frequently mentions how he will be unable to sleep as a result of his decision to kill the king. For Duncan, the function of sleep is quite obvious, as sleep is the reason for his demise.
by Alejandro Cegarra