A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap, And munch’d, and munch’d, and munch’d: ‘Give me,’ quoth I: ‘Aroint thee, witch!’ the rump-fed ronyon cries. 8[Aroint thee: Remove yourself; go away; get out of here.][ronyon: Ronion, a scabby or mangy creature]Her husband’s to Aleppo [Syrian city that was once an important link on a caravan route]. gone, master o’ the Tiger: But in a sieve I’ll thither sail, And, like a rat without a tail, I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do. 12 1)Act 1 Scene 3 line 6 witch one to other witches: This is Witch 1 telling a story of what a sailors wife did that was selfish so she will punish her by harming her husband.A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap and munched away at them. “Give me one,” I said. “Get away from me, witch!” the fat woman cried. Her husband has sailed off to Aleppo as master of a ship called the Tiger. I’ll sail there in a kitchen strainer, turn myself into a tailless rat, and do things to him— (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth, is significant because It shows the witches power and shows how strange they are, it also shows that they can’t directly control fate.
And the very ports they blow [blow into; stop at], All the quarters that they know I’ the shipman’s card [compass]. I’ll drain him dry as hay: 20Sleep shall neither night nor day Hang upon his pent-house lid [upper eyelid]; He shall live a man forbid. Weary se’nnights [seven nights, or a week] nine times nine 24Shall he dwindle, peak and pine: Though his bark [ship] cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest-tost. Look what I have. 28 2)Act 1 Scene 3 Line 16 First witch to others: This is witch one telling the other witches of the pain she will inflict on the sailor whose wife wouldn’t share her chestnuts.I already have control of all the other winds, along with the ports from which they blow and every direction on the sailor’s compass in which they can go. I’ll drain the life out of him. He won’t catch a wink of sleep, either at night or during the day. He will live as a cursed man. For eighty-one weeks he will waste away in agony.(No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth, is an example of how the witches do not directly control fate and that they can’t kill someone but they can agonize them.
What know, believe, and what I can redress, As I shall find the time to friend, I will. What you have spoke, it may be so perchance. This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues, 16Was once thought honest: you have lov’d him well; He hath not touch’d you yet, I am young; but something You may deserve of him through me, and wisdom To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb 20To appease an angry god. 3)Act 4 Scene 3 Line 16 This is Malcolm calling Macbeth a tyrant and saying he was once an honest man implying that he isn’t any more. will avenge whatever I believe is wrong. And I’ll believe whatever I’m sure is true. And I’ll put right whatever I can when the time comes. What you just said may perhaps be true. This tyrant, whose mere name is so awful it hurts us to say it, was once considered an honest man. You were one of his favorites. He hasn’t done anything to harm you yet. I’m inexperienced, but maybe you’re planning to win Macbeth’s favor by betraying me to him. It would be smart to offer someone poor and innocent like me as a sacrificial lamb to satisfy an angry god like Macbeth. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
I have almost forgot the taste of fears.The time has been my senses would have cooledTo hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hairWould at a dismal treatise rouse and stirAs life were in ‘t. I have supped full with horrors.Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughtsCannot once start me. 4)Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth Line 12 This is Macbeth saying that nothing scares him any more, he has seen so many real horrors.I’ve almost forgotten what fear feels like. There was a time when I would have been terrified by a shriek in the night, and the hair on my skin would have stood up when I heard a ghost story. But now I’ve had my fill of real horrors. Horrible things are so familiar that they can’t startle me. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
Thou wast born of woman: But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn, Brandish’d by man that’s of a woman born. [Exit. 5)Act 5 scene 7 line 17 Macbeth This is Macbeth telling someone who is trying to fight him that he cant be killed by someone born of a woman.You were born from a woman. Swords don’t frighten me. I laugh at any weapon used by a man who was born from a woman. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
Thou losest labor.As easy mayst thou the intrenchant airWith thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;I bear a charmèd life, which must not yieldTo one of woman born. 6)Act 5 Scene 8 Line 8 Macbeth This is macbeth telling Duncan that he can only be killed by someone not born of a woman, and as far as he knows everyone is born of a woman so he might as well stab the air. You’re wasting your time trying to wound me. You might as well try to stab the air with your sword. Go fight someone who can be harmed. I lead a charmed life, which can’t be ended by anyone born from a woman. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way; thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without 8The illness [desire to do evil] should attend it; what thou wouldst highly, That thou wouldst holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win; thou ‘dst have, great Glamis, That which cries, ‘Thus thou must do, if thou have it;’ 12And that which rather thou dost fear to do Than wishest should be undone. 7) Act 1 Scene 5, Line 5 This is Lady Macbeth saying that Macbeth is too kind too actually kill Duncan, or “seize the crown“You are thane of Glamis and Cawdor, and you’re going to be king, just like you were promised. But I worry about whether or not you have what it takes to seize the crown. You are too full of the milk of human kindness to strike aggressively at your first opportunity. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
LADY MACBETH: Was the hope drunk, Wherein you dress’d yourself? hath it slept since, And wakes it now, to look so green and pale At what it did so freely?From this time Such I account thy love. 8) Act 1 Scene 7, Line 41. This is Lady macbeths reaction to when Macbeth tells her that he will not kill Duncan.Were you drunk when you seemed so hopeful before? Have you gone to sleep and woken up green and pale in fear of this idea? From now on this is what I’ll think of your love. Are you afraid to act the way you desire? Will you take the crown you want so badly, or will you live as a coward, always saying “I can’t” after you say “I want to”? You’re like the poor cat in the old story. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
MACBETH: Prithee [I pray thee; please], peace. 52I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none. 9) Act 1 Scene 7 Line 52. This is Macbeth defending his manliness when Lady macbeth was urging him to kill Duncan by insulting his manliness.Please, stop! I dare to do only what is proper for a man to do. He who dares to do more is not a man at all. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
The thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now?—What, will these hands ne’er be clean?—No more o’ that, my lord, no more o’ that. You mar all with this starting. 10) Act 5 Scene 1 Line 30 This is another example of Lady Macbeth rambling in her sleep, acting crazy and soeaking of having blood on her hands.The thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now?—What, will my hands never be clean?—No more of that, my lord, no more of that. You’ll ruin everything by acting startled like this. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
It is an accustomed action with her to seem thus washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour. 11) Act 5 Scene 1 Line 20 This is a woman speaking about lady Macbeth who is washing her hands in her sleep.She often does that. She looks like she’s washing her hands. I’ve seen her do that before for as long as fifteen minutes. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
LADY MACBETH: Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! oh! oh! 24 12) Act 5 Scene 1 Line 24. This is lady Macbeth rambling in her sleep about the smell of blood on her hands not going away.I still have the smell of blood on my hand. All the perfumes of Arabia couldn’t make my little hand smell better. Oh, oh, oh! (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
She should have died hereafter.There would have been a time for such a word.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. 13) Act 5 Scene 5 Line 17 This is Macbeth speaking and he just heard the news that his wife, Lady Macbeth died.She would have died later anyway. That news was bound to come someday. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. The days creep slowly along until the end of time. And every day that’s already happened has taken fools that much closer to their deaths. Out, out, brief candle. Life is nothing more than an illusion. It’s like a poor actor who struts and worries for his hour on the stage and then is never heard from again. Life is a story told by an idiot, full of noise and emotional disturbance but devoid of meaning. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
MACBETHIf thou speak’st false,Upon the next tree shall thou hang aliveTill famine cling thee. If thy speech be sooth,I care not if thou dost for me as much.I pull in resolution and beginTo doubt th’ equivocation of the fiendThat lies like truth. “Fear not, till Birnam woodDo come to Dunsinane”; and now a woodComes toward Dunsinane.—Arm, arm, and out!—If this which he avouches does appear,There is nor flying hence nor tarrying here.I ‘gin to be aweary of the sun,And wish th’ estate o’ th’ world were now undone.—Ring the alarum-bell!—Blow, wind! Come, wrack!At least we’ll die with harness on our back. 14) Act 5 Scene 5 Line 38. This is Macbeth speaking and he just heard that the forest of dunsinane is coming towards his castle, which was one of the prophesies that would lead to his death. If you’re lying, I’ll hang you alive from the nearest tree until you die of hunger. If what you say is true, you can do the same to me. (to himself) My confidence is failing. I’m starting to doubt the lies the devil told me, which sounded like truth. “Don’t worry until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane.” And now a wood is coming to Dunsinane. Prepare for battle, and go! If what this messenger says is true, it’s no use running away or staying here. I’m starting to grow tired of living, and I’d like to see the world plunged into chaos. Ring the alarms! Blow, wind! Come, ruin! At least we’ll die with our armor on. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
That, trusted home,Might yet enkindle you unto the crown,Besides the thane of Cawdor. But ’tis strange.And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,The instruments of darkness tell us truths,Win us with honest trifles, to betray ‘sIn deepest consequence. 15) Act 1 Scene 3 Line 123. This is Banquo speaking and he is telling macbeth that the witches might tell him some truth to cover up a lie. If you trust what they say, you might be on your way to becoming king, as well as thane of Cawdor. But this whole thing is strange. The agents of evil often tell us part of the truth in order to lead us to our destruction. They earn our trust by telling us the truth about little things, but then they betray us when it will damage us the most. (to ROSS and ANGUS) Gentlemen, I’d like to have a word with you, please. (No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! Act 1 scene 3 Line 69 This is the witch making the first prophecy about him becoming thane of Cawdor.All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Cawdor!(No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth,

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