miss use of verb "back"? how to modifide this sentence?

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This hallucination ironically echoes back her earlier claim to Macbeth that “little water clears us of this deed” (2.2 65)

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She rubs her hands to wash out blood that does not exist which is analogous with her desire to cleanse her deeds "Out damned spot, out I say!" This hallucination ironically echoes back her earlier claim to Macbeth that "little water clears us of this deed" .
asked Jun 08 '11 at 19:44 linda New member

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I think "back" is just redundant here.

You can simply say "This hallucination ironically echoes her earlier claim.." 

 

Hope this helps! :)

link comment answered Jun 09 '11 at 00:51 Revisery.com Contributor
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I haven't read Hamlet in a long while, but keep in mind that, ff Lady MacBeth is washing her hands, she is 'washing off' not 'washing out' the blood.  Also, you should put a definite article, 'the', before blood.  

 

Additionally, when you add a relative clause like 'which is analogous with her desire. . .' you should separate it from the main clause with a comma.  Finally, I don't think your meaning is clear if you say 'cleanse her deeds'.  There is a collocation of this 'cleanse her conscience' that may be more fitting.

 

See the rewrite below:

 

"She rubs her hands to wash off the blood that does not exist, which is analogous with her desire to cleanse her conscience -- "Out damned spot, out I say!" This hallucination ironically echoes her earlier claim to Macbeth that . . . "  (double check punctuation of citations).

link comment answered Jun 11 '11 at 20:24 Kimberly Expert

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