Where are Macbeth's speechs in the play?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are 3 soliloquies by Macbeth:

  1. Act I, Scene 7:  "If it were done, when 'tis done..."  Pressing his head against the tower wall, Macbeth wrestles with his conscience, wishing that with Duncan's death, all his goals of power may be achieved.  If only the death blow, may be the end of it--if only he may escape the consequences of his action, wordly and eternal.  Macbeth knows that Duncan is a good man, whose death will cry for revenge.  But "vaulting ambition," he admits overtakes him.
  2. Act II, Scene 1:  "Is this a dagger which I see before me...."   The violence in Macbeth's mind creates the images of the dagger and then the blood after he commits his ambitious deed.  It is only the ringing bell that brings Macbeth out of his horrific reverie.
  3. Act V, Scene 5:  "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow..."  Macbeth contemplates the insignificance of human life after his wife, Lady Macbeth dies. 

These soliloquies provide a private insight into the character of Macbeth, who chooses evil in his "vauting ambition" only to realize with the death of his wife--whom he obviously loves greatly--that his life is fairly insignificance in the overall sense of life itself.  It seems, then, that he feels some remorse for the evil that he has wrought.