the time has been, That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end; but now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools: this is more strange
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Shakespeare used these lines to be somewhat comical. Maybe not in the comical sense that you would think of, it's more of a dark comical way of explaining things. These lines were important because of Macbeth's shock to seeing a ghost. If you were to paraphrase these lines it's like he was saying at one point in time when you kill someone they are really dead, but now even in death a person can still not leave you alone. It was very important for the lines to let us peek into the true reaction of the character.
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Sep 26th, 2015
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