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Best Soliloquies in Macbeth
Soliloquy and its Importance
Soliloquy is an utterance of inner thoughts and ideas, revealed to himself or herself. When the speaker is alone, he uses it to state his mind. It is mostly used in dramas. Writer use it to express the things that are going on inside of the mind of the character. It helps audience and reader to understand the character. Shakespeare uses soliloquies in most of his dramas. Macbeth is one of them, in which he uses it to reveal the true character of Macbeth and his wife.
This lense focus on the important soliloquies of the drama Macbeth.
The Best Soliloquy of the Drama
ACT V SCENE V by Macbeth
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day 20
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Soliloquies in Macbeth
soliloquy is somewhat of a device often used in drama whereby a character relates his or her thoughts and feelings to him/herself and to the audience without addressing any of the other characters, and is delivered often when they are alone or think they are alone. The soliloquies of Macbeth are very popular. Some of them are as below:
1. ACT I SCENE V (by Lady Macbeth)
'Thus thou must do, if thou have it;
And that which rather thou dost fear to do
Than wishest should be undone.' Hie thee hither,
That I may pour my spirits in thine ear;
And chastise with the valour of my tongue
All that impedes thee from the golden round,
Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem 30
To have thee crown'd withal.
2.ACT V SCENE I
"All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand"
3. ACT I SCENE III
If you can look into the seeds of time
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favours nor your hate.
4.ACT I SCENE III
. . . Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings;
5.ACT I SCENE IV
There is no art
To Find the mind's construction in the face;
He was a Gentleman on whom I built
An absolute trust.
6.ACT I SCENE IV
. . . Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires:
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.
7. ACT I SCENE VII
If it were dobe when' tis done then 'twere well.
It were done quickly:
8. ACT II SCENE II
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care,
The deat of each day's life, sore labour's bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
9. ACT II SCENE II
Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
making the green one red.
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