Meaning of Life Connection to Macbeth

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The most thought-provoking quotation from Shakespeare’s Macbeth could arguably be “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time, and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (V.v.21-30). It is perhaps one of the most chilling and disturbing quotations; possibly because it, for some, is an echo of our own thoughts.

Possibly, Macbeth could have been saying “Day by day, time passes, stretching on into eternity. We all have a show that is our life; and in the grand scheme of things it lasts but an hour. All we are is actors. A shadow. We are not real. We spend our lives upon a ‘stage’ and pretend to be who we are. We emote, we yell and scream. Yet once our time is done, we die. That is all. It’s about as meaningless as a play; a lot of useless noise. Pointless.” This may be the one time people can relate to Macbeth the most. He believes that life is pointless. We are not going to make a mark or do anything useful to this world, and we leave behind nothing. There is no point, and to believe you are important in this world is just foolish.

Many people would agree with Macbeth; life is meaningless. Anyone who has the audacity to believe otherwise is simply naive, right? Really, is there any point to living? We live, we die. Once we die, a new person starts living. Nobody will look back in fifty years and remember “Shawn, that nice guy who owned a bakery and helped Karen move that one time.” We are insignificant. Small. Pointless.

Does whether or not we leave a mark impact the way we live? Yes. If my life means nothing, I don’t really feel bad about the fact that I spend all my weekends playing Super Mario on my Super Nintendo and haven’t changed my shirt in...
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