Essay on Analysis of Macbeth’s Soliloquy in Act I Scene Vii

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Written Commentary 1 | Macbeth Analysis of Macbeth’s Soliloquy in Act I Scene VII All throughout his play, ‘Macbeth’, Shakespeare excogitates the inevitable obliteration emanating from unrestrained ambition. He exposes in Act I Scene VII, the inner turmoil which plagues Macbeth succeeding the witches’ prophecy of his future as King of Scotland. A glimpse into Macbeth’s soul in this soliloquy enables the audience to analyze Macbeth’s character and state of mind at that specific moment, to gain a better perspective of Duncan’s character, to acquire information necessary to follow the play, and to foreshadow Macbeth’s future actions. These four purposes of Macbeth’s first soliloquy will be further discussed in the…show more content…
Nevertheless, it’s not his aspiration waning his royal loyalty which Macbeth fears most, but the possibility that “Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return/To plague the inventor”, or that his crimes would be committed against him in this world. Similarly, the use of sibilant language (lines 2-4) in the words “assassination”, “consequence”, “surcease”, and “success” refers to the hissing of a snake, a symbol of latent evil, thus shining a light on one of the play’s themes: concealment. Moreover; the dark imagery used by Macbeth throughout the soliloquy such as “bloody instructions”, “deep damnation”, and “poisoned chalice” all suggest that Macbeth knows Duncan’s assassination would immerge his world into utter darkness, and yet he’s unable to quell his desire for power, which he associates with happiness. Secondly, Macbeth cogitates, throughout the soliloquy, over King Duncan’s rectitude and describes him as an immaculate, virtuously humble leader, “so clear in his great office”, that is, free of corruption. Macbeth also uses a simile to compare Duncan’s death, with the biblical Day of Judgment characterized by Gabriel’s sounding of the trumpet: “angels, trumpet-tongued”. Additionally, by means of another simile, Macbeth illustrates the pity of Duncan’s “taking-off” with a vulnerable, “naked newborn babe” riding the winds with angels and spirits, spreading the horrid news across

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