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Choose any two of Macbeth’s soliloquies and explore them in detail showing-what they reveal about Macbeth’s character, state of mind and motivation.

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Introduction

Choose any two of Macbeth's soliloquies and explore them in detail showing-what they reveal about Macbeth's character, state of mind and motivation. At the beginning of the play Macbeth was recognized as a heroic and kind man, as his wife said, 'full of the milk of human kindness.' Throughout the book we see the gradual development and change of his character, and by the end he is classed as evil and a tyrant, as Macduff says, 'Of horrid hell can come a devil more damned/In evils to top Macbeth.' He is now overcome with greed and bloodthirstiness, which has been rooted into him by the witches' predictions. These predictions maximized his ambition {he would do anything to become king} and changed his usual good and honest motivation into an evil and malicious one. During the transformation of his nature his mind was divided. In the soliloquies, towards the beginning of the book he has an imaginative turn of mind, always thinking of consequences, but after the persuasions by lady macbeth and the witches, this aspect of his mind fades away and he becomes single minded and ruthless. ...read more.

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It is easily observed, however, that from the beginning of the speech Macbeth is very indirect about 'the deed' and shies away from saying words like, assassination and murder instead, he prefers to call the event, 'it' or 'deed' this is perhaps because of his inward conflict; he persists in questioning in whether he is right or wrong. He is horrified about what he may do so he tries to pretend to himself that the whole idea was senseless, and he does this by not actually saying the correct words, as they sound extremely ruthless. Instead Macbeth replaces those words with gentler ones so to try and trick himself into thinking that there is nothing wrong in what he is doing. Also in Macbeth's time people were more religious which makes murder even more of a terrible sin than perhaps it is now, so this will make Macbeth, perhaps, very ashamed and have intense feelings of guilt. Another scene, which reveals these conflicting sides of the character and state of mind, is Act 5, Scene 5. In this speech we see a stronger more humane side to Macbeth. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth's repetition of, 'tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,' illustrates despair. Macbeth starts this quote powerfully but by the third tomorrow he is weakened which implies that as days go by he is getting weaker and weaker. Also it shows that Macbeth is grieving for his wife and wanted her to die tomorrow. 'All our yesterdays have lighted fools.' This means that the yesterdays have just lighted the way for fools [us] to die. Also the, word 'lighted' is linked to 'candle' in the quote, 'out, out brief candle' and Lady Macbeth was a guiding light for Macbeth. At the beginning of the play Macbeth was a brave, good and admired hero, as the captain says, - 'for brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name.' But as the play continues Macbeth's conscience, sense of morality and guilt rapidly deteriorate, and some of his goodness was lost by bitterness, especially after his wife's death, where his motivation is completely changed and he decides to become completely ruthless, he imagines that he is indestructible which shows his state of mind is deteriorating as he does not seem afraid of his own death anymore. His motivation is lost and he no longer has any ambition, he is filled with spite, bitterness and resignation. By Lucie Cadd . ...read more.

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