Explain Macbeth's soliloquy in act 1, scene 7.

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In act 1, scene 7, Macbeth reveals his feelings of apprehension while he contemplates committing regicide. Macbeth opens his soliloquy by saying that the terrible deed should be done quickly and expresses his willingness to risk his soul if assassinating King Duncan will be the "be-all and the end-all" of the affair. However, Macbeth recognizes that his violent crime will influence others to also engage in violence, which will come back to "To plague th' inventor" or haunt him. He also acknowledges that justice will require him to drink from the "poisoned chalice" as retribution for his bloody deeds.

After exercising perspective regarding the consequences to his actions and recognizing that murdering King Duncan will more than likely threaten his life and damn his soul, Macbeth begins to list reasons why he should not commit regicide. Macbeth states that he is Duncan's kinsman, subject, and host. He then contemplates Duncan's benevolent, gracious character and mentions that angels would play...

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