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Macbeth's "Is this a dagger..." soliloquy

February 2, 2012
from Shakespeare's "Macbeth" -- Act II Scene 1
handle
Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand?
clutch
Come, let me clutch thee.
fatal
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
vision
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight?
creation
A dagger of the mind, a false creation...
oppressed
Proceeding from the heat- oppressed brain?
palpable
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
instrument
Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going;
And such an instrument I was to use.
wicked
Now o'er the one halfworld
Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
The curtain'd sleep;
abuse
Now o'er the one halfworld
Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
The curtain'd sleep;
sentinel
witchcraft celebrates
Pale Hecate's offerings, and wither'd murder,
Alarum'd by his sentinel, the wolf,
Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace.
stride
With Tarquin's ravishing strides, towards his design
Moves like a ghost.
prate
Thou sure and firm-set earth,
Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
Thy very stones prate of my whereabout,
And take the present horror from the time,
Which now suits with it.
threat
Whiles I threat, he lives:
deed
Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.

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