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Macbeth: "She should have died hereafter" (Act 5 Scene 5)

There are many ways that you could perform this speech; the Speech Text and Performance Notes explore some different approaches.

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Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's bloodiest plays. Macbeth is a nobleman who kills to be King. He has murdered his King, Duncan, his best friend Banquo, and the family of a fellow nobleman. He's just been told that his wife who plotted with him has died.

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Macbeth: Act 5 Scene 5
(Macbeth)

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle,
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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