Character quotes for Macbeth

“For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name” > (L) adj. “brave” shows his masculine, heroic and noble personality> (S) dash “Macbeth −” shows that he is significant and has a high status. He is also appreciated by others around him
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know” > (L) adj. “false” describes is evil intentions – hiding his true nature> (S) last line before Act 2 begins – Shakespeare leaves a big impact on the audience by having them experience shock and betrayal> (SD/LD) dialogue between M and LM shows how they’re deceitful and cunning
“(looking at his hands) This is a sorry sight.” > (L) “sorry sight” shows the extent of Macbeth’s “deed”> (S) short sentence expresses Macbeth’s speechlessness as he cannot believe what he has just done> (SD/LD) “(looking at his hands)” shows Macbeth feeling an element of guilt as the words symbolise actions/decisions, showing him questioning his actions
“Was the hope drunk wherein you dress’d yourself? Hath it slept since?” > (L) Macbeth has a lot of self-doubt and is easily manipulated by LM> (S) Proved through the question marks used., also questions his masculinity later on
“I go, and it is doneThe bell invites me” > (L) Macbeth has a lack of moral integrity that allows him to be highly motivated by superstition. He is made a victim by his superstition as it ” invites” him
“To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus.” > (L) Said by Macbeth to himself when Banquo has just set off to go riding and Macbeth is planning to kill him. Here, he’s very afraid of Banquo. This is an early stage of his paranoia.- This shows just how much power and ambition has got to Macbeth’s head. He’s resorted to killing his own best friend in order to keep the crown due to him being power-crazy. It also begins his shift from king to tyrant as he’s beginning to sentence unlawful murders and abuse his power.
“I will advise you where to plant yourselves,Acquaint you with the perfect spy o’th’time””Must embrace the fate of that dark hour” > (L) Macbeth becomes tyrannical and ruthless. He plans Banquo and Fleane’s murder in a business-like fashion.
KEY POINTS – Macbeth is initially presented as a valiant warrior- Macbeth experiences self-doubt and is easily influenced and manipulated by his wife- Macbeth has a lack of moral integrity- Macbeth is motivated by superstition- Macbeth is driven- Macbeth becomes paranoid and anxious- Macbeth becomes tyrannical ad ruthless- Macbeth is ill-equipped for the psychological consequences of crime- Macbeth experiences a tragic tension within himself

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