The Macbeth Quote “Out damned spot! Out I say” from ACT V, Scene I discloses the guilt of Lady Macbeth. In the scene, Lady Macbeth is the state of unconsciousness walks and tries to wash off her blood-stained hands. She was unable to clean it, meanwhile, a Doctor and a gentlewoman notices Lady Macbeth and was appalled with her activities.
Lady Macbeth has been shown as a bold but evil character. She manipulates her husband to kill King Duncan. In fact, many critics regard her as the fourth witch in the play. Throughout her act in the play, she was found strengthening her husband’s spirit. She appeared more manly through her words and deeds, she is fearless, manipulative and over-ambitious. But in her final act, she appears fragile, broken and full of guilt. She wants to get rid of the burden of guilt, which is apparent in her unconscious activity of cleaning her hands.
Out damned spot! Out I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.
Lady Macbeth commands the blood spot to come out from her hands. Then she in the unconscious state starts talking with her husband, saying that he is a soldier and he shouldn’t be afraid. They shouldn’t be afraid as none can blame them for their guilt. Then she blames King Duncan for having so much blood in him, that she is unable to clean it off.
It is easy to understand Lady Macbeth’s state of mind. After committing the crime, she is full of regret and guilt. Although she doesn’t acknowledge it, and even in the state of unconsciousness she acts of being bold and brave, but it is evident from her activities that she is broken. She eventually dies in ACT V, Scene V.