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What is the dagger in Macbeth a symbol of?

The dagger itself is a symbol of conscience. It floats in the air representative of those things which will take place. The King has not yet been murdered, but the dagger foreshadows his death. Macbeth hasn't yet committed the unthinkable, but yet his conscience is already riddled with guilt.

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Similarly, what are the symbols in Macbeth?

Light and darkness represent good and evil respectively. Blood represents Macbeth's and his wife's guilt about Duncan's murder. Water symbolizes purification of the conscience. These symbols effectively portray the ominous theme of murder in Macbeth.

Also, is the dagger real in Macbeth? For now, the appearance of a bloody dagger in the air unsettles Macbeth. Even he doesn't know whether the dagger is real or a figment of his guilty imagination. It is, however, certainly a harbinger of bloodier visions to come. As Macbeth fears, the murder of Duncan is not a deed that will be "done, when 'tis done."

Keeping this in consideration, how is Macbeth presented in the dagger scene?

It seems to symbolize fate, or possibly the words of Lady Macbeth or some other agent, spurring him on toward murder. The dagger floats in the air with its handle toward Macbeth's hand, and he feels as though he is being led by a force that is larger than himself—his fate is out of his control at this point.

Why is Macbeth's dagger speech so famous?

“Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle towards my hand?” Macbeth's vision of the floating dagger provides the audience with clear insight into the torment within Macbeth's soul, a revisiting of the argument he had with himself in the previous scene.

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