Tables Turned Pt. 2 – Comparison of 4.1.145-148 & 5.5.16 Soliloquies

4.1.145-148 vs. 5.5.16

Wow. What a guilty conscience Macbeth now has. He has gone from having no remorse in his actions, to some, and now, at this point, he is completely remorseful, begging to end his life. His greed that drove all of his actions throughout the course of the play and was his sole motivation has backfired on Macbeth’s emotional state. At this point Macbeth sees his life and all he has done as pointless. His past as snowballed into this big ball that has wrecked Macbeth, emotionally and physically. This last line, “It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing”, tells me the most about how Macbeth is feeling and really stood out to me. Here, Macbeth tells the audience that life is dramatic and idiotic and without any meaning at all. This passage shows us how Macbeth opens up to the readers with this side of him that is lost without the presence of his wife, which happened to be one of his motivators throughout the course of the play when looking at the 4.1.145-148  passage . This is a big indication that Macbeth has given up; given up with the throne, now that he has finally gotten there, and with his life. Oh, how the tables of Macbeth’s greed and want have turned. 

Oh, how the tables have turned! Macbeth 5.5.16

She should have died here after;

There would have been a time for such a word.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Creeps in this petty paste 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.

 

Wow. What a guilty conscience Macbeth has now. He has gone from having no remorse in his actions, to some, and now, at this point, he is completely remorseful, begging to start over. I think at this point Macbeth sees his life and all he has done as pointless. His past as snowballed into this big ball that has wrecked Macbeth, emotionally and physically. This last line, “It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing”, tells me the most about how Macbeth is feeling and really stood out to me. Here, Macbeth tells the audience that life is dramatic and idiotic without and without any meaning at all. This is a big indication that Macbeth has given up; given up with the throne, now that he has finally gotten there, and with his life. Oh, how the tables of Macbeth’s greed and want have turned.