Soliloquy in Macbeth's Act I, Scene VII

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Even from the beginning of the scene, Macbeth 's uncertainty about the murder is clear. Macbeth debates with his inner self in a soliloquy. Shakespeare often uses soliloquies to show Macbeth 's inner thoughts, for example in Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1. Soliloquies allow the audience to understand a character 's motives better. The character is not putting on a show for anyone else but being their true self. We see directly into their thought process.

In the first few lines of this soliloquy, Macbeth considers "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly;" What Macbeth seems to mean by this is that if the business of the murder could be finished as soon as the deed was done, it would be good to have it …show more content…

He does not think of the implications of his decisions and it is this which annoys Lady Macbeth so much. Now however, Macbeth attempts to make a stand against his wife, saying "We will proceed no further in this business". This is a very forthright comment and the audience is aware that it comes as a result of his soliloquy. He tries to justify his 'decision ' by explaining how Duncan has "honour 'd me of late". Again he uses this idea of honour to convey his argument. However it is noticeable that the reasons he gives to Lady Macbeth are nothing like as powerful as the ones he tortured himself with a few moments earlier.

Lady Macbeth is certainly not swayed by this argument, in fact she is incensed that Macbeth is trying to avoid carrying on with the plan:

"Was the hope drunk

Wherein you dress 'd yourself?"

Lady Macbeth 's language in the speech is very sarcastic and she is scathing of Macbeth, calling him "green and pale" and calling into question his bravery and his virility. I find it noticeable that the style and language Lady Macbeth uses is very different from Macbeth 's. Her speech is full of exclamations, as well as questions which she does not give time for Macbeth to answer. Macbeth 's soliloquy in contrast is full of complex statements.

Macbeth tries to retaliate, saying he dares to do "all that may become a man". This brings up an interesting point about the role of men and women at this

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