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Act V

Macbeth's soliloquy after learning of Lady Macbeth's death is probably the most famous in the play.  Write an essay in which you explain the view of life that Macbeth presents and then explain whether that view is Shakespeare's or Macbeth's.  Be sure to include specific details from the play.  Write the soliloquy at the top of your page.

Macbeth:  She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word.  Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.  Tothe last syllable of recorded time: And all our yesterdays have lighted foos 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 and idiot, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing.
Macbeth's view of life after the death of Lady Macbeth:
Macbeth is presented as a brave and powerful general at the beginning of the play.  We believe this to be Macbeth's true biew of the life; however, as the play progresses, his wife seems to control him.  It is her ambition to murder Duncan and he follows her lead.  Sveral major conflicts that Macbeth struggles with prove he is fighting with himself.
1) The struggle withing Macbeth between his ambition adn his sense of right and wrong.
2) The struggle between the murderous evil represented by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. 
Macbeth states, " Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing. This quote makes us believe this character changes to Shakespeare's biew rather than his own view.  Duncan's murder represents the point of no return.  After this, Macbeth must continue butchering his subjects to avoid the consequences.
Macbeth has changed from the beginning. He learned of his wife's death and the message did not bother him.  At ont time during the play, this message would have chilled his heart, but now he excepted it as a fact of life.  Her death was merely a part of life.
At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was a brave, loyal, courageous general.  At the end, he seems not evil, but a tragedy.  He is humanly weak, causing tthe audience to have sympathy for him.

*Prentice Hall Literature