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What is the meaning of Lady Macbeth's saying, "Naught's had, all's spent,/Where our...

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l-dawg | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 23, 2007 at 11:26 AM via web

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What is the meaning of Lady Macbeth's saying, "Naught's had, all's spent,/Where our desire is got without content?"

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lmillerm | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted February 26, 2007 at 4:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Lady Macbeth is beginning to experience guilt for the murderous actions that have taken place. She is saying that they (she and Macbeth) have spent all they have on making their desires come true, but at the cost of their happiness.

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jonnyhedvat | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2011 at 9:35 AM (Answer #2)

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yes true^

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nilanshu1973 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM (Answer #3)

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Lady Macbeth is repenting  and chiding her own guilty conscience. The futility of their action is conceived. The heinous killing of Duncan is heavy on her soul.She finds the utter meaninglessness of all the earlier  designs in killing the king, as the inner peace of both Mcbeth and Lady Macbeth is evaporated. Though they have usurped the throne, the joys of the kingship are not with them.

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