What is the significance of Macbeths ‘’Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ ’to the meaning of the play overall?
Macbeth is a complicated playset set in the medieval times which focuses on the disintegration of society, relationships and characters themselves. Shakespeare’s famous ‘’Tomorrow and Tomorrow’’ transcends time and is still a ringing bell in today’s society .This soliloquay stretches throughout the play emphasising time namely Macbeth’s gradual dehumanisation due to his ambition and substantial exposure to evil where he is trapped in an endless spiral of guilt and eventually tragedy. This is a comparison between his past self where he was honourable compared to his present self where he is ruthless. Perhaps the greatest tragedy in Macbeth isn’t the death of himself but the path of dehumanisation he takes.
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For Macbeth he has gained the Scottish crown but has lost everything on the way.
Shakespeare suggests that a person’s responsibility and exposure to copius amounts of evil can lead to a changed perspective of life. There more blood that has befallen upon Macbeth’s hands the more depleted his understanding of life is.Shakespeare portrays Macbeth’s struggle to stay sane with his self-conflict and indecision in doing these heinous deeds and over time he pays the ultimate price of killing without remorse in exchange for the inability to feel. The quote ‘’I had almost forgot the feeling of fear’’ reinforces his slow deterioration in his characteristics.
The theme of fate and fortune intertwines with time gradually progressing. This is primarily related to the three weird sisters who constantly appear throughout the play as the guide and pave the way for Macbeth’s future who radiate an air of equivocation and duality ‘Fair is foul and Foul is fair’. This links to the deterioration of Macbeth as these unfortunate events have unfolded because he listened to their advice in the first place and used their words and predictions to motivate himself through the heinous tasks he committed connecting himself royalty to the mysterious metaphysical world of the witches.
Macbeth’s soliloquay is an inward reaction to the first two lines. The reaction to the news of his wife’s death where he wishes she had died later so they could properly mourn. Shakespeare uses the technique dramatic irony to emphasise the theme of time which is likened to ‘the brief candle ‘as Macbeth does not actually have time to properly mourn anyway as Macduff and his army are steadily marching to his castle.
Shakespeare uses this specific soliloquay to convey Macbeth’s opinion of life reviewing it from a personal perspective. Shakespeare reviews the clear, bleak contrast from a confident, powerful individual to a disorganised, pitiful tyrant.