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We have studied all 4 of Macbeth's soliloquies during the course of the play 'Macbeth'. I will now be analysing the different soliloquies.

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Macbeth Coursework We have studied all 4 of Macbeth's soliloquies during the course of the play 'Macbeth'. I will now be analysing the different soliloquies. With each soliloquy, I will observe each of them, compare them with each other and evaluate them. In this soliloquy, Macbeth is feeling very indecisive about killing king Duncan. Macbeth struggles with whether to kill Duncan- a good king and a brilliant man- to become king himself or not to kill the king and live the rest of his life wandering 'what if'. Macbeth has reason not to kill the king. One of the reasons is that he thinks heaven will avenge the murder if it was to happen. Macbeth is very troubled at this point in the play and starts to show it in "line 16-22" but then at the end, his ambition to be king overrides any guilt/cowardice he's feeling. Between the 1st and 2nd soliloquies, there are a number of similarities and also a number of differences. In both soliloquies, Macbeth seems to be in a battle with his mind about one thing or another. The difference is that in the first soliloquy, Macbeth is anticipating whether to kill the king but in the second, he thinks his mind is playing tricks on him "line 33-41". ...read more.

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It makes you wonder what other sorts of things he would do to get whatever it is he wants. The very last line he says in this soliloquy is the most frightening out if the two because he says it with such ease; "hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell". In the beginning you start to get the idea that he may be crazy the way he sees the dagger and no one else can but at the ending of the 2nd soliloquy Macbeth has slowly but surely turning into a monster of a man. In this soliloquy, Macbeth is almost scared to death by the fact that Banquo's children may take his place on the throne. Because of the three weird sisters prophecy against Macbeth came true, about him becoming Thane of Cawdor and becoming King, so he has no reason to believe that this prophecy won't come true. Macbeth is not really threatened by anybody else but he is scared of Banquo's children becoming king after him because he knows Banquo is the better man for the job. He doesn't like the fact that he killed the king and his piece of mind only to be king for a little while and then have Banquo's children takeover him. ...read more.

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One of the few similarities between the 1st and 4th soliloquy is that Macbeth feels that all this would never have happened if he hadn't started thinking of what life would be like if he was king. In the last soliloquy of the play, Macbeth has finally reached the boundaries of his elasticity. Macbeth can be stretched no more. He has just been shocked with the news of Lady Macbeth's death. Macbeth feels that this is the end of the line for him. Because he doesn't have his support (Lady Macbeth) he feels he can't cope anymore. This is shown in the way Macbeth uses the last word of every line to sum up his lifestyle at the moment. Macbeth has certainly learnt his lesson and he knows it "Line 21-23". In "line 23-25" Macbeth describes life as being a play on stage that when the actors part is over, he will be heard no more (death). I almost feel sorry for Macbeth because it is as if he is lost in a world without any friends and actually looking forward to the time of death. In "line 18" he mentions the word 'tomorrow' as if the word has lost its meaning. However Macbeth has certainly got his just desserts because of what he has done to other people. Macbeth knows that he will die soon without Lady Macbeth by his side. Vickie Effiom 5666 ...read more.

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