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Title: Speech on  Macbeth
Author: "Sylvester the Cat"
Sub Title: Introduction to I.vii.1-35a.
===>Use this text as a spoken intro to a reading of the lines I.vii.1-35a
        This is MacbethÕs first long soliloquy in the play. He is
here convincing himself that he should not commit the murder.
First, he imagines that the murder could be carried out perfectly,
without consequence, so that the stabbing would be the last he
would have to worry about the murder. He seems very interested
in what happens to him on earth, and wishes to "jump" over the
life to come, as if it is only momentary and life on earth is eternal.
This contrasts with his speech in the last act about the poor
player who "struts his hour upon the stage." He basically sums
up the principles of poetic justice and the saying "what goes
around comes around" by referring to "bloody instructions"
which return to deliver justice upon their inventor, and a
poisoned cup which eventually poisons the poisoner. He then
tells himself that the murder would be immoral, that he is both
related to and subordinate to Duncan. Also, to kill him would be
against the proper role of a good host, who protects his guest
from murderers, not bears the knife himself. He then praises
Duncan, giving him godly attributes, full of virtue. Macbeth
implies that, come the judgment day, the great virtues of Duncan
will completely drown out his own pleas for acceptance into
heaven. He then personifies pity, implying that the whole country
would find out and shed many tears for him. Lady Macbeth
enters and requests his presence in the dining-room. Macbeth
tells her that he does not want to undertake in the murder,
because a) the king has recently bestowed the new title of
Thane of Cawdor upon him, and b) because he has earned very
high opinions in the minds of many people, and he does not
want to lose them so soon.
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