GCSE English Macbeth Quotations

Act 1 Scene 2 Macbeth as a soldier “brave Macbeth … Valour’s minion … Bellona’s bridegroom”
Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth eager to know fate from Witches “Stay you imperfect speakers. Tell me more”
Act 1 Scene 4 Macbeth evil star imagery “Stars, hide you fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires”
Act 1 Scene 4 killing Malcolm “o’erleap, for in my way it lies”
Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth excited about future “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor and thou shalt be / What thou art promised”
Act 1 Scene 5 Reality and Appearances “Look like the innocent flower / But be the serpent under’t”
Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth evil “And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full / Of direst cruelty.”
Act 1 Scene 7 Lady Macbeth killing child “Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, / And dashed the brains out.”
Act 1 Scene 7 Lady Macbeth saying Macbeth is a coward “live a coward in thine own esteem, letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would”, / Like the poor cat i’th adage?”
Act 2 Scene 1 Reality + Appearances, Madness (Dagger) “Is this a dagger which I see before me?”
Act 2 Scene 2 God not on his side “Amen / Stuck in my throat”
Act 2 Scene 2 Lady Macbeth water no concern over evil “A little water clears us of this deed”
Act 2 Scene 3 Macduff very distraught “Oh horror, horror, horror”
Act 2 Scene 4 disruption of natural order “A falcon, towering in her pride of place, / Was by a mousing owl hawked at, and killed”
Act 3 Scene 1 Macbeth about his life “mine eternal jewel”
Act 3 Scene 2 Lady Macbeth reality + appearances “Sleek o’er your rugged looks. Be bright and jovial among your guests tonight.”
Act 3 Scene 3 Banquo’s ghost appearance “Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; / Thou hast no speculation in those eyes / Which thou dost glare with!”
Act 3 Scene 3 Macbeth’s fear of Banquo’s Ghost “Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear, / The arm’d rhinoceros or the Hyrcan tiger”
Act 3 Scene 3 Description of Banquo smiling / winning “blood-batter’d Banquo smiles upon me, / And points at them for his”
Act 3 Scene 4 Description of Fleance as worm “the worm, that’s fled, / Hath nature than in time will venom breed”
Act 3 Scene 4 Macbeth’s weakness “Whole as the marble, founded as the rock … but now I am cabined, cribbed, confined.”
Act 4 Scene 2 Bird “Poor bird, thou’dst never fear the net, nor lime, the pitfall, nor the gin”
Act 4 Scene 2 Disruption of Natural Order There are liar and swearers enough to beat the honest men and hang up them”
Act 4 Scene 2 Description of Scotland “It cannot / Be called our mother, but our grave”
Act 4 Scene 2 Many People Dying “The dead men’s knell / Is there scarce asked for who”
Act 4 Scene 3 Ross telling Macduff about wife’s death “Your wife and babes / Savagely slaughtered”
Act 4 Scene 3 Malcolm telling Macduff to take revenge “Let grief convert to anger. Blunt not the heart, enrage it”
Act 5 Scene 1 Lady Macbeth guilt (perfume) “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”
Act 5 Scene 1 Lady Macbeth telling guilt to leave “Out, damned spot”
Act 5 Scene 1 Lady Macbeth gone mad “You see her eyes are open … but their sense is shut … will these hands ne’er be clean?”
Act 5 Scene 2 Macbeth protecting himself not Scotland “Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies”
Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth raging at servant – evil “Liar and slave!”
Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth talks about lack of control over fate “A poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage”
Act 5 Scene 7 Macduff fighting Macbeth – revenge “Tyrant, show thy face!”

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