Soliloquy Essay - Soliloquies of Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Soliloquies in Macbeth Shakespeare

Even though people in retributive justice feel satisfaction, the perpetrator can also suffer.

William Shakespeare’s powerful Macbeth shows the deterioration of an honourable and

respectable general, Macbeth, who becomes a tragic hero after temptations from the witches and his wife to

perform murders.

Macbeth soliloquies enable the audience to experience the conflict within Macbeth and thus, gain

an understanding of the reasons for his behavior and decisions. As a result, the tremendous reversal of

Macbeth’s fortunes in the end leaves the audience filled not with pity, but also awe, at the realization that

people can suffer greatly.

Macbeth’s soliloquies before the murder of Duncan shows the vigorous internal struggle of

himself, as his conscience is fighting against his evil minds. Also, they shows Macbeth has brought his own

downfall upon himself. The audience will then feel pity about Macbeth’s deterioration brought by himself

when witnessing his choice of following the evil.

Macbeth is a courageous and honourable general in Scotland. His success in the battle against the

invaders of Scotland gains respect from the King Duncan and his fellow soldiers. However, the demonic

forces, symbolized by three witches, temptates Macbeth. The witches hail Macbeth as the Thane of Glamis

and Cawdor who will be king and hail Banquo, who is a nobleman of Scotland and Macbeth’s friend, as

one who will become the father of a line of kings. Macbeth ambition deep in his heart starts growing at that

time. In Act I, scene iii, when Macbeth is thinking about the fulfillment of the two prophecies given by the

witches before, "My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes my single state of man"(I, iii, 139-

140) In this soliloquy, Macbeth reflects his idea about the "two truths" told by the witches. He is ambitious

to become king, as he reacts nervously when the witches mention his fate. The very idea of murder "shakes

his single state of man". However, at this point, he is loyal to the king, and he rejects the idea of murder, "If chance will have me king, why, chance

may crown me, without my stir."(I, iii, 143-144) The predictions by the witches may have strengthened the

criminal intentions that he had probably never yet dared to express clearly, even to himself. He is not

alliance with crime, he is neutral, but obviously temptation is working upon him.

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