Tomorrow and Tomorrow, or sometimes known as Out, Out Brief Candle is a heartfelt monologue delivered by Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s tragic hero in his play, Macbeth.
This speech is said by Macbeth after learning that his wife has died, knowing that he is seeing the ghosts of former friends he had killed to secure his power, and coming to the realization that almost everything is falling apart and that life is like a candle – brief and uncertain. One small breeze and the light will flicker and die.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (or Out, Out, Brief Candle!)
Act 5. Scene 5.
She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
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,