23rd May 2017

Lady Macbeth Soliloquy

 What beast was ’t, then,
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place
Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.
They have made themselves, and that their fitness now
Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know
How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this.
This is a solilioquy said by Lady Macbeth in the play Macbeth written by Shakespeare.
In this scene Macbeth is meant to kill Duncan but has decided not to because he is a coward. When Lady Macbeth says  “How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.” she means that if she was in his shoes and had sworn to do something she would honor that promise and she believes that he should honor the promise he made her.

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