In Act II, Scene I, what does Macbeth's soliloquy reveal about his state of mind?

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In Macbeth's soliloquy he hallucinates and sees a bloody dagger ushering him in the direction of King Duncan's chamber. Initially, Macbeth questions his vision and struggles to comprehend the nature of his hallucination. He asks if the "fatal vision" is sensible to touch, and eventually concludes that it is an image born from his "heat-oppressed brain." Macbeth's hallucination can be interpreted as a reflection of the stress his tortured mind is under surrounding his bloody mission. The unsettling vision also reflects Macbeth's confusion and conflicted feelings regarding the assassination. The fact that the dagger "marshall’st" him in the direction of Duncan's chamber also highlights his ambition and cruelty.

Macbeth proceeds to question his senses. Eventually, he realizes that the hallucination is simply a manifestation of his conscience and complicated feelings. Macbeth's inability to tell whether or not his eyesight is working correctly highlights the confusion he is experiencing at the...

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