Act II Macbeth Quotes

“A heavy summons lies lead upon me/ And yet I would not sleep.” BanquoHe has a bad feeling, like something isn’t right, so he couldn’t sleep.
“So I lose none/ In seeking to augment it, but still keep/ My bosom franchised an allegiance clear.” Banquo(to Macbeth) He’ll have Macbeth’s back as long as he’s not asked to go against the king.
“For it is a knell/ That summons thee to heaven or to hell.” MacbethLady Macbeth rings the bell that is the signal for Macbeth to go and kill the king, Duncan.
“That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold.” Lady Macbeth(soliloquy) 1. The plan is in action; or2. She took a shot of “courage” herself.
“The attempt and not the deed/ Confounds us.” Lady MacbethShe hears Macbeth and immediately assumes that she and Macbeth have been caught.
“One cried ‘God bless us!’ and ‘Amen’ the other/ As they had seen me with these hangman’s Hands/ List’ning their fear, I could not say ‘Amen’ When they did say ‘God bless us!'” Macbeth(To Lady Macbeth) He heard Malcolm and Donalbain say God Bless but he was unable to respond in the normal way “Amen” because he would never be blessed again.
“Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep’/ Glamis hath murdered sleep and therefore Cawdor/ Shall sleep no more.” Macbeth(to Lady Macbeth) He is too guilty to ever sleep in peace again.
“The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures.” Lady MacbethShe is trying to convince Macbeth (and herself) that sleep and death are the same.
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand?/ No this my hand will rather/ The multitudinous seas incarnadine/ Making the green one red.” Macbeth(soliloquy) His guilty conscience won’t let the blood be washed off his hands.
“O horror, horror, horror! Tongue not heart/ Cannot conceive nor Macbeth name thee.” MacduffReaction to finding the murdered Duncan.
“Had I but died an hour before this chance/ I had lived a blessed time.” Macbeth1. (to everyone) He would of rather died before the king.2. (to himself) He would still be blessed if he would have died one hour earlier, and the king would still be alive.
“The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood/ Is stopped: the very source of it is stopped.” Macbeth(to Malcolm and Donalbain) “You’re father is dead.”
“Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope/ The Lord’s annointed temple.” MacduffThe murder of Duncan is considered war against God because of the belief of the divine right.
“There’s dagger’s in men’s smiles; the near in blood/ the nearer bloody.” Donalbain(to Malcolm) “We can’t trust anyone. The closer related we are to Duncan, the closer we are to our own death.”

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