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Shakespeares use of light and darkness as representations of life and death can be witnessed throughout the entire play of Macbeth Through the soliloquys of the characters we get an inside look at what they are feeling Remember that a soliloquy reveals thoughts intentions and motives of a character and they are spoken aloud by the character only when heshe is alone In Act V Scene V Macbeth seems to be immune to the fact that his past actions were slowly creeping back to haunt him He has worried about it so much throughout the play that all misfortune and frightening events no longer phase him DirenessCannot once start meAct V Scene 5 Upon hearing of the death of his wife it seems as if he is almost indifferent to it But then in his soliloquy to follow we discover Macbeths true feelings of bitterness and despair He views not only death as darkness but life as well Neither of them have any significance or meaning Macbeth uses powerful words to convey his deep thoughts about life to the reader He starts out by saying Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace signifying that he believes that the days of life are slow and repetitious Statements like day to day and petty pace emphasize the slow progression of life He puts out the feeling that having a tomorrow is a negative thing It creeps on us slowly but surely He is using a lot of dark imagery to convey his feelings of the hopeless trial of living day to day He then states And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death which means that we are propelled on from our yesterdays the days we have lived until death finally meets us The light represents living so it is the light that leads the way to our death It is inevitable It is interesting that the light that
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