Macbeth wishes Duncan would wake up

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  • KNOCK KNOCK
  • Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No.
  • I hear a knocking At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.
  • To know my deed, ’twere best not know myself.
  • Hark! More knocking. Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us And show us to be watchers.
  • Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I would thou couldst...
  • Macbeth immediately regrets his murdering of King Duncan, and wonders if he will ever be rid of his guilt for this deed. He then hears a knocking and becomes full of fear.
  • Lady Macbeth hears the knocking as well, meaning that Macbeth is not completely imagining things. She tells him that they must become "bystanders" and go into an innocent position. Macbeth, still shaken, realizes and is afraid of himself and his own ambition.
  • Lady Macbeth continues to urge Macbeth to leave the area of the murder and act innocent and clueless. Macbeth admits his severe regret for his reactions, stating that he would love a second chance and to re-do what he had just done, as he says that he would wake Duncan with his knocking. He starts to realize the horror of his actions.
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