What does these lines mean from Macbeth Act 5 scene 3?Macbeth: Throw physic to the dos, I'll non of it. Come, put mine armor on. Give me my staff. Seyton, send out. ---Doctor, the thanes fly from...

What does these lines mean from Macbeth Act 5 scene 3?

Macbeth: Throw physic to the dos, I'll non of it.

Come, put mine armor on. Give me my staff.

Seyton, send out. ---Doctor, the thanes fly from me.---

Come, sir, dispatch. If thou couldst, doctor, cast

The water of my land, find her diseade

And purge it to a sound and pristine health,

I would applaud thee to the very echo,

That should applaud again. --Pull't off, I say--

What ruhbarb, senna, or what purgative drug,

Would scour these English hence? Hear'st thou of them?

 

Can someone explain it to me please? Thanks.

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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The first line refers to his inability to convince the doctor to cure his crazy wife with medicine.  He says she needs a priest for that.

The second line shows Macbeth's readiness, finally, to prepare for battle.  This is significant because he has believed so much in the thanes prophecies that he has NOT been preparing when he should have.

The third line reveals that many of his men are deserting him, probably because he keeps babbling about the trees moving and nobody being borne of woman.

The remaining lines are his plea to the doctor to find some herb or magic potion to cure his wife.  He has completely neglected medicine and science and is grasping at straws to have his wife's mental breakdown cured.

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