English Exam Macbeth Quotes

“Yet I do fear thy nature;/It is too full o’the milk of human kindness.” Lady Macbeth about Macbeth; she thinks that he is too much of a coward to kill Duncan; She has just recieved a letter from Macbeth which explains the witches prophecy
“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well/It were done quickly.” Macbeth want’s the assasination of Duncan to be quick, as he sees it as very unpleasant and wants it to be over with. Defines Macbeth’s fate, if duncan is a good king he would goto hell, but if a bad king then macbeth did something good.
‘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 says that the blood on his hands from Duncan would never go away. His blood is the symbol of his guilt.
“Thou canst not say I did it; never shake / thy gory locks at me.” Macbeth speaking to Banquos ghost, Saying that he did not kill banquo, which is technically true, but he did hire murders to kill banquo
“My strange and self-abuse/Is the initiate fear that wants hard use;/ We are but young in deed.” Macbeth’s deeds even though he is young, have launched him on a certain path which results in his demise.
“The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures; ’tis the eye of childhood/ That fear a painted devil.” Lady Macbeth calls Macbeth a child because he is scared to murder Duncan, and says she will do it herself
“There is none but he/ Whose being I do fear,” Macbeth about Banquo; Macbeth had just killed Duncan, and he is worried about Banquo’s prophecy that his line will become royalty
“Naught’s had, all’s spent,/ When our desire is got without content.” Lady Macbeth realizes how futile their desire for power was and that his death was not worth the price
“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me,/ Without my stir.” Macbeth say’s that if the witches prediction is right, then he will not have to do anything to become king and it will happen by fate
“The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step/ On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap,/ For in my way it lies.” Macbeth about Malcolm; Is considering killing Malcolm because Duncan has named him next in line for the throne (Which Violates tanistry)
“Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,/ As the weird women promised, and I fear,/ Thou play’dst most foully for ‘t.” Banquo about Macbeth; Macbeth has everything that the witches said that he would; banquo is suspicious that Macbeth killed Duncan.
“The Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now.” Lady Macbeth references Lady Macduff who was murdered becasue of macbeth, cause of her doubt and guilt
“Let not your ears despise my tongue forever,” Ross speaking to Macduff; he is telling him that his family has been killed; “Don’t shoot the messenger.”
“From this moment/The very firstlings of my heart shall be/ The firstlings of my hand.” Macbeth Talking to Lennox after the witchs left, From now on, as soon as I decide to do something I’m going to act immediately. In fact, I’ll start following up my thoughts with actions right now. I’ll raid Macduff’s castle, seize the town of Fife, and kill his wife, his children, and anyone else unfortunate enough to stand in line for his inheritance.
“And all our yesterdays have lighted fools/The way to dusty death.” After lady macbeth dies, macbeth refers to the biblical overtone of “…for dust thou art, and unto death shall thou return.” metaphor of the fool
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” Macbeth says he must treat king duncan as a royal guest but knows he is plotting to kill him soon and must act with a false face.
“But ’tis strange; /And oftentimes to win us to our harm,/The instruments of darkness tell us truth…” Banquo speaking to macbeth; had just seen the witches, believes that macbeth must be careful; “Sometimes evil tells the truth in order to make us make bad decisions”
“..look like the innocent flower,/ But be the serpent under’t” Lady Macbeth speaking to Macbeth; Appearance vs. Reality; “They cannot suspect us, look innocent, but you must be able to kill”
“Had I but died an hour before this chance,/ I had lived a blessed time.” Macbeth speaking about Duncan’s death; he is trying to make it seem like he did not kill Duncan; “Life is no longer worth living without duncan”
“Had he not resembled/ My father as he slept, I had don’t.” Lady Macbeth about Duncan; shows that she has a heart, she can be a tragic hero
” Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,/ And put a barren scepter in my gripe.” Macbeth speaking to himself about banquo’s prophecy, “Because banquos descendants will be kings, this crown means nothing on my head”
“I am in blood/ Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” Macbeth speaking to lady macbeth, He has killed to many people to turn back now, he must continue with his rule
“Those he commands move only in command,/Nothing in love.” Angus speaking about Macbeth; his subjects do what they tell him because they have to, not because they are loyal to him or love him
“And the right valiant Banquo walked too late;/ Whom you may say, if’t please you, Fleance killed,/ For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.” Lennox sarcastically speaking about Macbeth, He is putting everything together, he suspects macbeth to be the murderer of Duncan and of Banquo.
“If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/ Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair/ And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,/ Against the use of nature.” Macbeth is talking to Banquo, Macbeth has just been made Thane of Cawdor.He recognizes that this is great news and should be making him very happy, but instead he’s terrified.
“There’s not a one of them but in his house/ I keep a servant fee’d.” Macbeth speaking to lady Macbeth; He has spies everywhere; he feels the need to have spies because he is worried that he will be double crossed.
“Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor/Shall sleep no more.” Macbeth shall sleep no more.” Macbeth heard spirits saying that by killing Duncan he has killed sleep; Because Macbeth feels guilty he will not sleep anymore.
“There the grown serpent lies the worm that’s fled/ Hath nature that in time will venom breed.” Macbeth refers to Banquo as the serpent that lies because he is dead, and refers to fleance because he is the worm that has escaped, and says that in time fleance will seek revenge
“There’s no art/ To find the mind’s construction in the face.” Duncan says this, and means don’t judge a book by its cover in refering to the thane of cawdor that was corrupt and executed and irony occurs when macbeth enters
“We will establish our estate upon/ Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter/ The Prince of Cumberland.” King Duncan about malcolm; he is violating tanistry to make malcolm king. This makes macbeth want to get rid of malcolm because he wants to become king
“Out, damned spot! Out I say.” Lady Macbeth referring to the metaphorical blood on her hands; she is sleepwalking, she is going crazy with guilt
“I have no spur/ To prick the sides of my intent, but only/ Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself/ And falls on th’other—” Macbeth about himself; his hamarta is his ambition
“Lesser than Macbeth, and greater./ Not so happy, yet much happier./ Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” The three witches about banquo; Act 1 Scene 3; Banquo will not be king, but his descendants will; oxymoron
“It will have blood, they say blood will have blood.”: macbeth says this when he sees the ghost of banquo at his feast and cause him to have a guilty conscience and that banquo will have revenge
“Double, double toil and trouble;/ Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” The witches; this was intended to make the audience afraid; the audience at the time would have believed in witchcraft, so this would have made the play more intense for them
“My way of life/ Is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf;/ And that which should accompany old age…I should not look to have.” Macbeth yells for seyton and says a speech, meaning that his life cannot expect to be filled with honor and obedience and because of his actions, he will have “mouth-honor” and will be subject to curses. He is miserable and foreshadows his demise
“Macduff was from his mother’s womb/ Untimely ripped.” Macduff talking about himself; his mother had a c- section; he is the only one who can kill macbeth
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” The three witches; rhymes: they are supernatural; oxymoron that Macbeth did not understand; Scene 1
“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” Lady Macbeth; she wants to become a man, because she thinks that men have an easier time killing then women do, and she wants to kill Duncan

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