Homework: To-morrow, To-morrow and To-morrow – What’s going on inside Macbeth’s head now

In preparation for Friday’s lesson where we will analyse the Language, Structure, Semantics and the use of dramatic devices in Macbeth’s famous speech, please write a short summary of what you think is going on inside Macbeth’s head at this point in the play.

Concentrate on the excerpt itself, but feel free to expand your examination to included matters of context, like the situation he finds himself in.

MACBETH

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace 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.

Posted by Christopher Waugh

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” (Katherine Mansfield)

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