What Did Macbeth, or, More Accurately, Shakespeare, Want to Say in Saying: 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

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Shakespeare is recognized as the most famous playwright in the world. His fame comes not only from his content of plays but also from his comprehensive understanding about life which is exposed through a considerable number of his famous quotes. One of his famous points of view about life is expressed through following lines in Macbeth, one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies: 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. In my opinion, these lines reflect Macbeth’s hopelessness and indirectly reflect much thinking of Shakespeare. Macbeth speaks these lines after listening to his wife’s death. At this time, life to Macbeth is meaningless and the death is not very important and worthy being painful at all. When uttering this saying, Macbeth may think about his real life in which he made “a lot of noise”, he wrote a story, he fought many battles, he tried to become a king, he kept the throne; however, after death they all seem to become nothing. In Macbeth’s as well as Shakespeare’s thinking, all people in this life are just bad, stupid actors- shouting and running about and generally making a lot of noise and fuss but not much sense, and then they die anyway and become completely meaningless. With another metaphor, he considers his life is not different from an idiot's tale which is full of bombast and melodrama, but without meaning. Shakespeare may be so depressed when he wrote these final lines that he considers life as walking shadow and not real enough. In my opinion, when writing these lines, Shakespeare want to send us a message that life is something that we have to take as it comes and it is unpredictable, when being brought to life we have to accept it and to necessarily beautify it. The naked truth is

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