Essay on The Significance of Soliloquy in Shakespeare's Macbeth
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Soliloquy in Shakespeare’s work allows us, as readers and/or as an audience, to dive in a character’s mind. It is that extra view that makes us see what the characters in Shakespeare’s work can’t see. In this particular soliloquy from Act III sc. 1 lines 48-72, we witness a sad soliloquy as it shows Macbeth’s growing detachment from humanity due to his guilt conscience that keeps coming back. The soliloquy shows he is never at peace ever since he broke the laws of nature but takes it a step further when he starts cutting ties with his close friend, Banquo who is known for his wisdom, and leads us to think what Macbeth could possibly do next.
The soliloquy starts with Macbeth’s reflection after he became king, ‘to be thus is nothing,…show more content…
Interestingly enough, Macbeth still portraits Banquo as a loyal, wise man. ‘In his royalty of nature’ (Macbeth, Act III, sc. 1 line 51) Macbeth is obviously jealous of Banquo, who has an innocence he is longing for but never would get due to this vaulting ambition and desire for more. We can notice that throughout this play, Shakespeare makes a clean image of Banquo; he is the good guy all the way through and is only a good friend. We notice Banquo has risked nothing and Macbeth has done all the work for him, this only enrages Macbeth who realizes Banquo is the only beneficiary being in Macbeth’s attempt to be king. This emphasizes Banquo’s image as the good one who has good things happening to him and reinforces the general universal statement that being good is good.
Up to this point in the play, we have witnessed how Macbeth has slowly begun to detach himself from being human. This soliloquy, like mentioned, is a big step into his detachment. Macbeth’s mind remarkably got the best of him and he begins to cut ties with his close friend, Banquo. Macbeth recalls the prophecy and we see that through the soliloquy, Macbeth expands his insecurity and acknowledges he has no children which exposes a threat to the royal descent that is to come. We can follow that Macbeth takes the prophecy quite seriously and that it is the driving force to his words and his will to defy fate.
After analyzing Macbeth’s words and understanding his