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In Macbeth, 'Was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself' means what?

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In Macbeth, 'Was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself' means what?

Macbeth:

Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. In the play, Macbeth is a trusted soldier who murders his cousin the king so he can assume the throne. Macbeth's wife, along with three witches, influence his actions.

Facts about the Play:

  • Macbeth is known as Shakespeare's shortest tragedy. The play was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book.
  • 1606 is the play's conjectured first performance year. Its indirect reference as "The Scottish Play" derived from the superstition that it was cursed by witches who resented its inclusion of actual spells.
  • The play's sources include a news pamphlet titled Newes from Scotland in the Daemonologie of King James (1597); and tales in Holinshed's Chronicles, a popular history of the British Isles (1577 and 1587).

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In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth addresses Macbeth in Act I Scene VII and says "Was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself?" Duncan has arrived...

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