A Nihilist’s Lament

A tortured Macbeth plays nihilist upon hearing about Lady Macbeth’s suicide. Through this famous soliloquy, Shakespeare reflects on how human life has no inherent meaning.

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.”

~Macbeth (V.v.17-28)

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