What’s done is done (ACT III, Scene II)

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The Macbeth Quote “What’s done is done” from ACT III, Scene II is said by Lady Macbeth to her husband. In the scene, Lady Macbeth is trying to strengthen up the Macbeth, who appears confused and shocked by the evil deeds done by him. According to Lady Macbeth, if you get the thing you want and still you are not happy, then you are the person who spent everything and gained nothing. It is better to be the person who got murdered than to be the person who murders and lives in anxiety throughout his life.

Lady Macbeth speaks to her husband and tries to support and strengthen him.

How now, my lord! Why do you keep alone,
Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
With them they think on? Things without all remedy
Should be without regard. What’s done is done.

Lady Macbeth asks Macbeth, why he is keeping himself alone and having sad thoughts as his only friend. Those sad thoughts should have died with the death of the person whom he is thinking about. What is already done, can’t be undone and it’s stupidity to think about it.

Macbeth appears full of anxiety partly because of his evil deed of murdering the King and partly because of his sense of fear, that Banquo will be the father of a line of Kings. According to him, he has just crushed the snake, but not killed it yet. The snake will heal with time and will be as good as new. Macbeth reveals that he rather feels like dying than to live with this mental torture.

The conversation between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth discloses the mental state of the couple. Macbeth is not satisfied after getting the throne by killing King Duncan. He wants to keep his throne secure and thus plans another crime. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, acts like a friend in crime, who always supports the evil desires of Macbeth.

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