For this assignment, you will choose and interpret one (1) of the following soliloquies from Macbeth.
Begin with a few sentences introducing the context of your chosen soliloquy in the play. Finish the
introduction with a clear thesis statement containing your three main points.
First Body Paragraph
The Soliloquy’s Meaning
In this paragraph, you will do your best to interpret the meaning of the soliloquy. You can go line-by-line or
explain a few lines at a time. You may use (and cite!) two sources in this section, but you do not have to
use any sources.
Second Body Paragraph
Connection to the Character
As we said before, a soliloquy reveals a lot about the character speaking it. In this paragraph, you will
explain what the soliloquy reveals about this character: his or her motivations, desires, personality, and
Third Body Paragraph
Connection to the Themes
In the last lesson, we identified three main themes in Macbeth:
The Cost of Tyranny
Free Will, Fate, or Both?
In this paragraph, you will explain how one (1) or more of these themes shows up in the soliloquy you have
chosen. Use specific examples from the text.
In your short conclusion, summarize your main points. You may also want to write something about the
soliloquy’s importance to the whole play