Macbeth Act V, scene 1:act 5 scene 1what does lady macbeth mean when she sais " all the perfumes of arabia will not sweeten this little hand"?…

Macbeth Act V, scene 1:act 5 scene 1what does lady macbeth mean when she sais " all the perfumes of arabia will not sweeten this little hand"?…

Macbeth Act V, scene 1:act 5 scene 1what does lady macbeth mean when she sais " all the perfumes of arabia will not sweeten this little hand"?…

Macbeth Act V, scene 1:act 5 scene 1what does lady macbeth mean when she sais " all the perfumes of arabia will not sweeten this little hand"?…

The two dominant leitmotifs and forms of imagery in the play are blood and hands.  “Blood” is mentioned 41 times in the play; “hand” 38 times.Lady Macbeth’s line in Act V (“all the perfumes of arabia will not sweeten this little hand”) is a partner to Macbeth’s line from Act II: “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?” The answers to both questions are, of course, no.Lady Macbeth has literally and figuratively been sleepwalking since Act II. Indeed, the Macbeths, by murdering Duncan, have murdered sleep. Examples from Lady Macbeth, Act II:Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t. ANDGo get some water,And wash this filthy witness from your hand.ANDMy hands are of your colour; but I shameTo wear a heart so white.AND in Act V:The thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now?–What, will these hands ne’er be clean?–No more o’ that, my lord, no more o’ that: you mar all with this starting.ANDHere’s the smell of the blood still: all theperfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this littlehand. Oh, oh, oh!ANDWash your hands, put on your nightgown; look not so pale.–I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on’s grave.ANDTo bed, to bed! there’s knocking at the gate:come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone.–To bed, to bed, to bed!Lady Macbeth’s use of hand imagery connects to both Duncan’s and Banquo’s murders, even though she only helped plan the former and not the latter.  The hand imagery also connects the two murderers to blood, death, bed, burial, gates, graves, the sea, ghosts, sleep, water.  In short, Lady Macbeth is forever stuck in Act II, such is her guilt over that first murder.  The bloody hands are symbols of welcome (handshakes), sex (being taken to bed), guilt (murder with the dagger) and her id (unconscious desires).
Macbeth Act V, scene 1:act 5 scene 1what does lady macbeth mean when she sais " all the perfumes of arabia will not sweeten this little hand"?…
Macbeth Act V, scene 1:act 5 scene 1what does lady macbeth mean when she sais " all the perfumes of arabia will not sweeten this little hand"?…
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Macbeth Act V, scene 1:act 5 scene 1what does lady macbeth mean when she sais " all the perfumes of arabia will not sweeten this little hand"?…
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