A Sinister Soliloquy Essay

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The psychological effect of diabolical choices corrupts the mind in irreversible ways. William Shakespeare exhibits this through one of his most notorious characters, Macbeth. Succumbing to sanguinary temptation, Macbeth provokes the raving mind which leads him to his overdue demise. Through Shakespeare’s climatic selection of words, the protagonist not only demolishes personal obstacles, but also shatters his own mentality in the process. In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Macbeth, the use of poetic language and haunting imagery flawlessly exhibits the somber progression of Macbeth’s state of mind.
“I have thee not, yet I see thee still,” claims a frantic Macbeth in Shakespeare’s infamous dagger soliloquy, marking the beginning of a mental transformation. After reluctantly ending benevolent Duncan’s life for self-indulgent reasons, Shakespeare’s compelling imagery of, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” depicts Macbeth’s immediate sense of remorse for his rash decision. But, despite self-reproach, the new King of Scotland’s concealment of true character introduces a more sinister side of Shakespeare’s once noble protagonist. “All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead,” declares a falsely sorrow Macbeth after revelation of Duncan’s gory slaying spreads throughout the castle. Macbeth’s abrupt adaptation to the reactions of others around him reveals the first subtle, yet eye-opening change involving his frame of mind.
Descending further into the tempting depths of the Weird Sister’s prophecies, Macbeth claims, “The table’s full,” in regards to seeing Banquo’s undesirable ghost amongst his guests. With hasty words of, “Which of you have done this?” and, “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me,” the distraught Thane openly causes inquisition from his visitors regarding his sanity. Shakespeare’s notable language intertwines...

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