BSC Macbeth Key Quotes Act 5

“Why, it stood by her.” Lady Macbeth has to have light by her bedside – she is afraid of the dark. Themes/motifs/symbols: darkness; sleep; appearance vs reality; light; good vs evil.
“Out, damned spot; out, I say. One, two,—why, then ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” Lady Macbeth is desperate to wash away the blood and the guilt. Themes/motifs/symbols: Blood; sleep; appearance vs reality; guilt.
“Where is she now?” what, will these hands ne’er be clean?” Lady Macbeth knows that cleaning away blood won’t wash away her guilt. Themes/motifs/symbols: Blood; sleep; appearance vs reality; guilt.
“To bed, to bed. There’s knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come. Give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone.—To bed, to bed, to bed!” Lady Macbeth is tortured by her guilt and knows she will never be pure or innocent again. Themes/motifs/symbols: Blood; sleep; appearance vs reality; guilt.
“His secrets murders sticking on his hands.” Macbeth will never be rid of the guilt of his murders. Themes/motifs/symbols: Blood; sleep; appearance vs reality; guilt.
“He cannot buckle his distempered cause within the belt of rule.” Macbeth can no longer control his rage or desires. Themes/motifs/symbols: guilt; madness; good vs evil; tyranny.
“I lived long enough.” Macbeth is prepared to die; and perhaps he is sick of living. Themes/motifs/symbols: ambition; death.
“The time approaches that will due decision make us know what we shall say.” The end is coming: the end of his reign and the end of his life. Judgement day is coming. Themes/motifs/symbols: death; regicide; tyranny; good vs evil.
“It shall be done.” Macbeth is prepared to kill.
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to dayTo the last syllable of recorded time,And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard no more. It is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.” Lady Macbeth will live on in Macbeth’s memory. Themes/motifs/symbols: light; death.
“She should have died hereafter.” Lady Macbeth should have lived longer. Themes/motifs/symbols: Death; love.
“We have met with foes That strike beside us.” Enemies have united against Macbeth. Themes/motifs/symbols: Tyranny; good vs evil.
“The devil himself could not pronounce a title more hateful to mine ear.” Macbeth is pure evil and even the devil could not conjure up a greater sense of evil than Macbeth. Themes/motifs/symbols: Good vs evil; tyranny.
“Let every soldier hew him down a bough and bear’t before him.” Links to the prophecy: soldiers disguise themselves behind boughs of trees, as the witches predicted. Themes/motifs/symbols: predictions; supernatural; appearance vs reality.
“My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain Than terms can give thee out!” His words are sharp and vicious. Themes/motifs/symbols: blood; swords.
“I will not yield, To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet,” Macbeth will give not up. Themes/motifs/symbols: Regicide; tyranny; divine right of kings.
“My soul is too much charged with blood of thine already.” His soul is too stained with blood for any more blood to make a difference. Themes/motifs/symbols: Blood; guilt; murder.
“I’ll fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked.Give me my armour.” Macbeth is prepared to fight to the death to protect his castle and his throne. Themes/motifs/symbols: ambition; regicide; tyranny; violence.
“Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s wombUntimely ripped.” Macduff proves the prophecy true: he was not born of woman and so Macbeth is vulnerable. Themes/motifs/symbols: predictions; gender roles; good vs evil.

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