Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? (ACT II, Scene I)

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The Macbeth Quote “Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?” is spoken by Macbeth when he eventually decided to kill King Duncan and acquire his position. Macbeth under the influence of witches and Lady Macbeth is convinced that he should commit the crime of murdering the King. Even though he feels that King Duncan is perfect as a king and murdering him will be a sin, yet he is unable to control his action.

Macbeth hallucinates a blood-stained dagger, whose handle is pointing towards his hand. He tries to grab it but is unable to do so. Macbeth speaks to himself that the dagger is created by his mind and it looks exactly like the one he want to use in his mission to kill the king. The dagger signifies the bloody deed, that Macbeth plans to undertake. Macbeth being a weak character was suffering from inner turmoil and the dagger represents his inner turmoil.

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,

Hallucinations, illusions and visions play an important part in the play. Shakespeare employed these instruments in several scenes to disclose one’s state of mind, motive, guilt, regret.

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