Glamis Art Thou Monologue

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In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth is approached by witches who tell him that he will become the Thane of both Glamis and Cawdor and King of Scotland. After receiving such great news, he decides to write a letter to his wife, Lady Macbeth. Moments before Lady Macbeth’s “Glamis art thou” monologue, she is reading the letter that Macbeth writes to her. However, soon after, Lady Macbeth reveals that her husband does not have determination necessary for him to take the crown. And that she will need to be the person to push her husband to fulfill his fate. By pressing Macbeth to do this, Lady Macbeth is gaining power and fame for both her and her husband, which shows a level of greed on her part. During this monologue, Lady Macbeth reveals many truths about Macbeth’s personality and uses strong language and punctuation while she’s at it. In the beginning, Lady Macbeth seems …show more content…
In the beginning, some lines were 10s, but most were 11s or 12s. This is due to her talking quickly since she was upset that Macbeth lacks the personality to go after his promised crown. However, about 13 lines later when Lady Macbeth finally stops rambling and reaches her “Hie thee hither” line, the rest of the monologue remains in a consistent pentameter. This is because Lady Macbeth has finally calmed down and strategically talks out a plan for her and her husband. However, the very last line tears away from the consistency of the lines preceding it. It has only seven beats because the servant walks in and Lady Macbeth’s monologue ends. However, this line is important because Lady Macbeth started off the monologue by saying “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and it shalt be What thou art promised”, and ends off her monologue with the similar message saying that Macbeth will be exactly what he is promised because both fate and the witches said so, and nothing will change