Macbeth Soliloquy

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The Meaning Inside the Head
(A Discussion on the themes of Macbeth's Soliloquy of Act, Scene 5.) The final act of Macbeth is an intense act that involves many different big events. First Lady Macbeth has gone completely crazy, and ends up killing herself from her mental illness. Macbeth finds this out, and also was informed about Malcolm and Macduff, with thousands of English military men were coming to end his life and take the throne back. In act 5, scene 5, Macbeth is starting to realize that the end of his life is about to come. Shakespeare uses a Soliloquy to explain some of the final thought of Macbeth. ”Soliloquy, the speech by a character in a literary composition, usually a play, delivered while the speaker is either alone addressing
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Macbeth explains that a guilty conscious will never let you live your life free, you will forever be in the dark, with no light. Furthermore, Macbeth explains that when Lady Macbeth came with the candle in her hands, it was because she did not want to be left in the dark, she lived her whole life in the dark, with her guilty conscious that caused her mental illness. “Shakespeare often used light to symbolize the dawning of truth. He has Lady Macbeth sleepwalking aimlessly with a taper (a candle) as she begs, "Out damn spot, out I say," seeking to wash away her sins and bring in the light of the darkness she's been holding in”(Pizzo). A burning candle is a metaphor for a life because a candle can be burnt out at any point, weather because the wax has run out, or simply someone came and blew out the candle. In Macbeth’s soliloquy he expresses the end of a life, or the burning out of the candle. “Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player”(23). Macbeth knows the end of his life is coming, and realizing his “fire” to his candle is about to be blown out. The idea of a candle is a good mental picture to compare people’s lives to because a candle will always burn out, just like people always die. Those are two things that are always given on this earth and Macbeth realizes his candle is almost…show more content…
Macbeth realizes some things he wish he could have done before hand, or changed the outcome of. Weather it’s the regret Macbeth has for not expressing his feelings to his wife, that life is a waste of time, or that life is like a candle, the themes and messages expressed in Macbeth's soliloquy had deep and depressing message. “A soliloquy is a popular literary device often used in drama to reveal the innermost thoughts of a character”(Curry). The soliloquy helps to make to shape the play into an easy understanding for the audience to understand by providing inside information of certain

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