Are we holding our lives, or it's actually lives are dragging us to unknown? Quote from Macbeth: "Is this the dagger I seebefore me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee, I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. …Thou marshall'st me the way I was going, and such an instrument I was to use." This indicates the fight or struggle between good Macbeth and evil Macbeth, he is divided. His mind is splitting, the good urges him to refuse, but the evil part has the support of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is not consciously knowing what he wants, but at least he knows what is right. With the spur of Lady Macbeth, the evil Macbeth is over the good one. Macbeth is afraid of Lady Macbeth more than to grab the dagger, he is afriad of being unacceptable. Between such a highly promise of killing Duncan, and deadly terror of being ignored by his wife, he is not able to defend his conscience. What he wants is to wait, or maybe waiting for a delay. So he knows he has no retreat ways, but he doesn't wnat to go forward, he wants to do speak his mind out and let emotions flow to feel comfortable to face the endless consequences.
When Macbeth says, "Is this the dagger I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee, I have thee not, and yet I see thee still." Macbeth is showing the reader the battle going on inside his mind. Macbeth at this point is mentally unstable and can not bear the thought of the crime he was about to commit. Like Lady Macbeth had pointed out earlier in the play Macbeth's conscience might keep him from doing what needed to be done to become king.This hallucination could be the good inside of him tried to fight of all the evil and wicked outside influences driving him to kill Duncan. Macbeth wants to please Lady Macbeth and prove his manliness. Macbeth is so troubled by what he is doing but he still killed Duncan in the end. But in Macbeth's defense he was not mentally prepared for what he was doing he needed help from witches and Lady Macbeth to even think about killing Duncan. When he was talking to the dagger he was crying out for help as he began to be overcome by the forces of evil tempting him to commit the atrocious crime.
In Act II, right before Macbeth was about to kill Duncan, he started at the dagger, he hallucinated that the dagger was bleeding. His hallucination reflected his fear of murdering and the downfall of himself. He was afraid of murdering Duncan, but he was persuaded by his wife to do it. The corrupted desire in him finally overcame his kindness. His heart told him that Duncan was not bad enough to be killed, however, on the other side, the witches’ words and wife’s determination gave him the excuse to do such a wicked thing. His dagger expressed his fear, his hesitation, and signaled his awakened evil resolve.
The dagger hallucination can be read one of two ways. It could be read as Macbeth completely loosing it or, it could be read as the witches playing with Macbeth's mind. Depending on which you decide to read it as, you could have a different look on Macbeth. When reading it as Macbeth loosing it, we see Macbeth as a slightly weaker character. One could think that Macbeth is not mentally strong enough to cope with his situation. In contrast, when seeing it as the witches messing with Macbeth, we give more pity to Macbeth because it is not entirely his fault. This causes us to feel sorry for him and we almost disregard the fact that he is about to murder his friend.
The famous quote of, "Is this a dagger i see before me, the handle toward my hand?" said by Macbeth, gives us deep philosophical insight into Macbeth's psychological state.This quote itself could be read more than one way. We could view this as Macbeth starting to go insane, or we could see this as the witches playing with his mind. Reading this as Macbeth slowly losing it, suggests to the readers that not only is Macbeth's mental resolve to do this deed weakening, but also shows us how fragile his mental state is right now and how hard performing this deed will be on him. Macbeth has not even murdered Duncan yet but he is already tearing himself apart with the realization of the enormity the consequences will be not only in this life, but the next. So one can believe this dagger scene was intentionally put in this play to show the readers not only is Macbeth fully aware of what he is doing, but he knows the consequences and its driving him insane.
The dagger hallucination reflects the start of the downfall of Macbeth psychologically. This scene is most commonly viewed as Macbeth beginning to go insane from the guilt that he feels from even thinking about killing Duncan. The reader is given an insight into his psychological state, thus showing that although he is conflicted, his deepest desire is to gain power. The reader can also conclude that Macbeth fully knows what he is about to do, and he is already seeing the consequences of his actions. The dagger is pointing him towards what his animal instinct and Lady Macbeth are telling him to do; he's loosing control over his own actions and thoughts. The dagger scene was ultimately put in the play to foreshadow the consequences that are to come.
On the night of King Duncan’s planned death by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth sees a floating dagger and it leads him to King Duncan’s chamber. Macbeth kills Duncan, and eventually Banquo builds up more and more suspicion that Macbeth had killed Duncan. Macbeth fears Banquo because of this, and he has him killed, even though they were good friends. The supernatural element of the bloody dagger served the purpose of leading Macbeth to kill Duncan, which also led to the death of Banquo. The dagger attracted Macbeth and lured him into murdering his friends. Macbeth seeing this dagger completely tells the audience that his mind is not in the right place, and he is being led to do these actions by a figment of his imagination. At the end of the play, his own death took place at the hands of Macduff, because of what Macbeth did with the dagger. In a sense, the dagger not only killed King Duncan and Banquo, but also Macbeth himself.