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Why does Macbeth speak of playing "the Roman fool"?

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Why does Macbeth speak of playing "the Roman fool"?

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Macbeth is demonstrating his resolve not to take his own life - to fall upon his own sword as a "Roman fool" would do out of despair.  He is determined to fight to the bitter and bloody end.  The link below will give you additional information about the character of Macbeth.  Good luck!

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Macbeth is alluding to the old Roman idea of the dignity of committing suicide. Obviously, he has considered suicide, but he decides that the Romans were fools to consider suicide to be a more dignified death than dying in battle.

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