Macbeth Soliloquy Analysis

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Literary Devices
Symbolism is cunningly used in this soliloquy. Blood becomes a symbol of guilt but before it symbolized evil, so you see a transition Macbeth is feeling with his interior guilt. “And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, which was not so before. There’s no such thing: It is the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes.” (2.1, 53-55). Pathos is present throughout this soliloquy, we as the readers might feel sympathetic sorrow for the character, in this case Macbeth. We see that he is struggling with the pondering of the decision he is about to make. I feel a strange sympathy towards him because he may not want to kill Duncan but it is something he has to do at this point. If he doesn’t he will let his wife down, and she will think less of him. This is obviously a choice he has to make and sympathy is hard to give to someone that is debating whether to kill someone or not, but for some reason I feel it for him. Enhancing the depressing and uncanny atmosphere of the speech is the use of allusions to people which summon up images of wicked and earthly evil. Hecate which is the goddess of witchcraft, is preparing her sacrificial victims, and Murder himself, summoned by his trusted watchman, the wolf, moves with the power and speed of evil king Tarquin towards his prey. Prince Tarquin is known for raping the Roman marton, Lucrece; therefore, this allusion is very appropriate as it seems Macbeth is attempting to evoke the prince’s tyrannical spirit in order to proceed with the murder.

Dramatic Purposes
During Macbeth’s soliloquy he is alone in his castle, reflecting on the murder he is about to commit. The quotation develops the characterization of Macbeth by illustrating that Macbeth feels the guilt of the murder and is not as cold and calculating as he appears. Your answer is good so far and the reason why it is dramatic is because it gives the reader the opportunity to consider Macbeth's character and make him more real and not just...
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