this supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of success,
Commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor:
If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,
Against the use of nature? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings:
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man that function
Is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is
But what is not.
In his play ‘Macbeth’ Shakespeare uses language features to show in-depth display of Macbeth’s confused/unsure state of mind. “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in a truth?” Shakespeare uses questions to convey Macbeth’s unsure thoughts. He is wondering how the witches could be speaking truth when they are evil. The is wondering if he will become king because the witches have told the . “I am the thane of Cawdor: if good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs.” Shakespeare is explaining through this sentence structure that Macbeth is confused about why he relishes the thought of killing King Duncan. He is wondering how if he is supposed to be the righteous Thane of Cawdor that he is capable of liking the suggestion of Duncan’s death. Shakespeare uses the idiom “Doth unfix my hair,” or “makes my hair stand on end,” in new English, to show that Macbeth is frightened by the thought of killing Duncan. Shakespeare uses the metaphor “… and make my seated heart knock at my ribs,” to show that the thought of killing Duncan is going against all of what Macbeth believes in.