“Fatal Vision”

Come, let me clutch thee.

Definition/Summary:

Macbeth

  • Shakespeare play
  • King of Scotland 1040–57. He came to the throne after killing his cousin Duncan I in battle and was himself defeated and killed by Malcolm III
  • “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,
    Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?
    I see thee yet, in form as palpable
    As this which now I draw.”

Expanded info:

Shakespeare used the image of a dagger in many of his plays

  • Symbolic of treachery
  • Macbeth has a vision of a dagger, pointing toward the King Duncan’s chamber
  • This indicates that he should use it to follow through on his and Lady Macbeth’s plan of murdering the King

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