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Macbeth Analysis Act 5

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Macbeth Act 5 Analysis

“Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow…(5.5.2)”

After learning that Lady Macbeth has died, Macbeth evaluates his own indifference to the event. To Macbeth, death seems merely as the last act of a very bad play, an idiot's tale full of pomposity and drama ("sound and fury"), but without meaning ("signifying nothing"). Murdering King Duncan and seizing his throne in retrospect seem like scenes from a script Macbeth was never capable of playing. "To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow"—along with the other phrases from this layer of bardisms—conveys the mechanical rate of time as it carries this poor actor from scene to scene. "The last syllable of recorded time," structures time with words, as in a script, and history becomes
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