Macbeth

Macbeth is an original story by William Shakespeare. The storyline follows the life of a man who commits regicide to secure the position of a king. He is associated with more murders committed to suffice his greed to remain in power.

“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well

It were done quickly. If th’assasination

Could trammel up the consequence, and catch…” (Act 1, Scene 7).

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This passage is a monologue where Macbeth is debating on whether to murder Duncan or not. He justifies his second thoughts by listing Duncan’s good qualities and how loyal and obligated he feels towards his king. This passage is particularly captivating as it shows the dilemma Macbeth is in. The murder of Duncan has a two-fold implication. He is aware that the murderous act would expose him to a dark and sinful world, yet he also views the act as being ambitious.

“Whence is that Knocking?-…

How is it with me when, when every noise appals me?…”(Act 2, Scene 2)

This passage follows Macbeth’s murderous act. Duncan’s death was accompanied by supernatural potent, and he is outwardly hallucinating about knocks on his gate. He is speculative of doom as the mysterious sounds have awakened a tremendous sense of guilt in his act. This passage draws attention as one does not expect Macbeth to be guilty. The certainty and confidence he exhibited earlier after being reassured by his wife did not seem to flare.

“Out, damned spot; out, I say. One, two,-why, then ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky…” (Act 5, Scene 1).

Lady Macbeth utters these words on the eve of the battle between Macduff and Malcolm. She walks around the castle, talking to herself. This passage is appealing as it offsets a flashback into the earlier scene. Lady Macbeth was adamant in her assertion that she did not have a hand in the murder of Duncan. However, she is as guilty as her husband, and this passage reveals that she has been overwhelmed with guilt and is becoming mad.

 

Reference

Shakespeare, William. (1874) Macbeth. Workman Publishing.