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Macbeth Key Quotes

Act One

Witches: Fair is foul and foul is fair

Captain: Brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name Macbeth Banquo ‘So foul and fair a day I have not seen.’ Banquo Macbeth ‘And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths’ Macbeth aside ‘This supernatural soliciting Cannot be ill, cannot be

. and nothing is

But what is not.’ Macbeth aside

. Stars, hide your fires!

Let not light see my black and deep desires’ Lady Macbeth soliloquy ‘Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top full Of direst cruelty.’ I do fear thy nature, it is too full of the milk of human kindness Lady Macbeth – Macbeth‘ Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t.’

Macbeth Lady Macbeth We will proceed no further in this business:

Lady Macbeth Macbeth ‘Was the hope drunk, Wherein you dress’d yourself Macbeth Lady Macbeth ‘I dare do all that may become a man; Lady Macbeth – Macbeth‘ And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.’ Macbeth Lady Macbeth ‘Bring forth men-children only; Macbeth Lady Macbeth ‘False face must hide what the false heart doth know.’


Macbeth Key Quotes

Act Two

Macbeth soliloquy ‘Is this a dagger which I see before me? A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Macbeth Lady Macbeth ‘But wherefore could I not pronounce ‘Amen’ Lady Macbeth Macbeth ‘These deeds must not be thought After these ways; so, it will make us mad Macbeth Lady Macbeth ‘I am afraid to think what I have done; Lady Macbeth Macbeth ‘Infirm of purpose! Macbeth soliloquy Will all Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? Lady Macbeth Macbeth ‘My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white. Lennox Macbeth ‘The night has been unruly: (links to idea of pathetic fallacy)


Macbeth Key Quotes

Act Three

Banquo Thou hast it now-King, Cawdor, Glamis, all as the Weird Women promised, and I fear thou played'st most foully for 't.Act 3 Scene 1 This relates to "Fair is foul, and foul is fair". Macbeth We here our bloody cousins are bestowed in England and Ireland, not confessing their cruel parricide, fillling their hearers with strange invention.Act 3 Scene 1 The "bloody cousins" are Malcolm and Donalbain. "Parricide" is the same as Patricide. "Strange invention" means lies. Macbeth To be thus in nothing, but to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared.Act 3 Scene 1 When he says "thus" he means king. Macbeth shows that he distrusts Banquo. Macbeth There is none but he whose being I do fear; and under him my genius is rebuked, as it is said Mark Antony's was by Caesar.Act 3 Scene 1 Macbeth fears that Banquo will challenge him. Allusion to Octavius Caesar. Macbeth And bade them speak to him. Then, prophet-like, they hailed him father to a line of kings. Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in my grip, Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand, no son of mine succeeding.Act 3 Scene 1 First line is a reference to Banquo's talk to witches in Act 1. "And put a barren "


Macbeth If 't be so, for Banquo's issue have I filed my mind; For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered, put rancors in the vessel of my peace only for them, and mine eternal jewel given to the common enemy of man to make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings. Rather than so, come fate into the list, and champion me to th' utterance.Act 3 Scene 1 Macbeth is going mad because all he has done is so Banquo's descendants will be kings. "Mine eternal jewel" is a metaphor for his soul. "Rather than so, come fate into the list"- Macbeth calls upon fate=apostrophe Macbeth I am in blood stepped so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er’

is phallic imagery.


Macbeth Key Quotes

Act Four

Macbeth From this moment The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand. Ross Alas, poor country, almost afraid to know itselfMacbeth The castle of Macduff I will surpriseMacbeth Tell me, if your art / Can tell so much, shall Banquo's issue ever / Reign in this kingdom?

Act Five

Lady M Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—‘ Macbeth (on hearing of his wife’s 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, Signifying nothing.Macbeth "They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly, But, bearlike, I must fight the course. Macbeth “I’ll die with harness on my back” Malcolm Of this dead butcher and his fiend like queen.