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The Vile Soliloquy

To know someone’s thoughts is to know their heart. A person’s inner thoughts strips away all the facade and exposes the heart. In reality it is impossible to know the true notions of a person, but in the theater reality is left at the door, and the impossible becomes possible with soliloquies. A soliloquy is the act of speaking ones thoughts aloud to the audience. However, the other characters are not privy to the information of a soliloquy. Soliloquies help develop characters and foreshadow events in the theater. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth many characters recite soliloquies. Lady Macbeth’s soliloquies are particularly important in making her a memorable character. Lady Macbeth’s soliloquies reveal that she is a blackhearted guilt plagued hag, and they allow the audience to be privy to important information about her; if other characters had been aware of her inner thoughts, they would have perceived her in a much darker light.

Lady Macbeth’s first soliloquy occurs in Act 1 Scene 5. In this soliloquy the audience quickly figures out that Lady Macbeth is quite a conniver. Her first soliloquy reads:

Make thick my blood,
Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
Th’ effect and it! (42-46)

The audience immediately realizes that Lady Macbeth doesn’t want her conscience or compassion to halt her devious scheme. In this first soliloquy Lady Macbeth breaths vile and hate-filled words. This soliloquy defines Lady Macbeth as a power hungry woman willingly to go to all extremes to accomplish her evil plan. Lady Macbeth is obviously morally bankrupt. In her first soliloquy Lady Macbeth reveals her desire t...

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...art to the pensive audience. Lady Macbeth’s soliloquies portrayed her as a vile woman tormented by a guilty conscience, and her soliloquies also communicated important information about her to the audience; had all the characters been privy to this information they would have regarded Lady Macbeth very differently. The mind births the contract between corruption and the soul. In reality, we never get to hear anyone’s soliloquies. The imagination hides the deceptive woes and moral bankruptcy of every individual. This is why a person must proceed with caution in every relationship. Lady Macbeth’s soliloquies foreshadowed her downfall. Lady Macbeth failed to understand that evil thoughts breed evil deeds; which in turn breed evil deaths. Her destruction started with an evil thought. “Oh be careful little mind what you think” has truly never been a more relevant phrase.
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