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Here we are yet again with a new soliloquy this time in act two.

Macbeth leads us
through the stormy passages of his conscience. We discover for a little while
Macbeth’s feelings. This time in a somewhat peculiar way.

Waiting for Lady Macbeth’s signal, meaning the bell, Macbeth has one last
chance to think about his decision to kill King Duncan.
He has a hallucination about a dagger (which may or may not be a vision from a
“higher power”) leading him to Duncan’s room. He questions his senses when
the blade of the imaginary dagger becomes coated with blood. He speaks of
Hecate’s offerings, of Murder and his guard the wolf with as stealthy steps and
the long strides that Tarquin took to rape Lucrece. He talks to the earth telling it
not to pay mind to the direction of his steps. He fears that even though people
know nothing of his plan the earth knows it and he fears being heard. He says
speaking of the murder he must commit takes away his courage. After the ring of
the bell, he prays that Duncan did not hear it for it was a knell because he comes
to kill him. Macbeth exits into Duncan’s room.

* And such an instrument I was to use:

This is an euphemism for the dagger.

* It is the bloody business which informs:

The bloody business is a metaphor for Duncan’s Murder.

Macbeth is saying that the business of killing the King has taken form of the
imaginary dagger.

* witchcraft celebrates Pale Hecate's offerings:

Metaphor for Duncan. Duncan is going to be killed. This is an allusion to the

Weird sisters.

* wither'd murder, Alarum'd by his sentinel, the wolf,

Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace:

This is a personification of Murder because he has his own guard to watches out
for victims.
In this case the victim is Duncan.
* Tarquin's ravishing strides:

This passage makes an allusion to the big steps Tarquin might of taken to rape

* towards his design:

This is an euphemism for design.

* Moves like a ghost:

This is a simile. A comparison with “like”.

* Thou sure and firm-set earth,

Hear not my steps, which way they walk

Earth is personified because Macbeth speaks directly to it.

* Thy very stones prate of my whereabout

And take the present horror from the time,
Which now suits with it:

This is a metaphor for silence as in the dead of the night. The stone make noise
in the silence of the night therefore revealing his intent which is killing Duncan.

* Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives:

This is a metaphor for killing Duncan. This passage means speaking of the
murder takes away his courage.

Personal appreciation:
When we first read the soliloquy outside of class we did not understand what was
happening. It was only on the fifth time that things became clearer. Even so, we
understood the what but not the why. Now writing this text we still can’t quite
figure it out. This definitely affects our opinion of this soliloquy.

We know that Macbeth is hallucinating, we know he is getting ready to do the evil

deed, we know the only thing preventing him from killing Duncan is the ring of the
We understand but, why is he hallucinating. The soliloquy says it is because of
his heat oppressed brain, but why does he hallucinates then and not before.

The soliloquy in itself is entertaining but we don’t understand how a ruthless (He
is now more the ambitious because he actually kills the King of Scotland, an act
of treason, to have the throne for himself.), clear-headed individual can start
hallucinating on the turn of a dime.

Macbeth knows he is seeing what is not there, which bring up our personal
appreciation because it shows that despite his heat oppressed brain he is still
somewhat clear-headed.

He says speaking of the deed takes away his courage to do it and we realize that
even though he is going through with this, he still can’t stomach the act and we
feel sorry for him because his great flaw becomes so much more apparent.

A prisoner of ambition he was, a prisoner he shall remain.

We liked the soliloquy and after having written this we understand the why.

This is the beginning of the emotional tempest that will follow Macbeth.

We have analyzed Macbeth’s act two, scene one soliloquy. We hope for a
passable grade for this one was harder then the last. Even so, we have viewed it
to the best of our ability. Macbeth is a lost soul and as horrible as it sounds we
are looking forward to seeing his descent into complete and utter chaos.

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