Lady Macbeth useful quotes and their meaning

Come, you spiritsThat tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,And fill me from the crown to the toe topfullOf direst cruelty Come, you spirits that assist murderous thoughts, make me less like a woman and more like a man, and fill me from head to toe with deadly cruelty!
take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers metaphor-Come to my female breast and turn my mother’s milk into poisonous acid, you murdering demons
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the darkTo cry “Hold, hold!” metaphor-so heaven can’t peep through the darkness and cry, “No! Stop!” -she doesn’t want God to see what she wants to do or will do.
make thick my blood,Stop up th’access and passage to remorse metaphor-Thicken my blood and clog up my veins so I won’t feel remorse
Look like th’ innocent flower,But be the serpent under ‘t simile and metaphor-You should look like an innocent flower, but be like the snake that hides underneath the flower
Leave all the rest to me imperative verb-leave all the rest to me
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,And we’ll not fail metaphor-If you get your courage up, we can’t faillike when you drive a screw in to something until it sticks and won’t budge any more.
It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great,Art not without ambition metaphor-You are too full of the milk of human kindness to strike aggressively at your first opportunity. You want to be powerful, and you don’t lack ambition, but you don’t have the mean streak that these things call for.
Hie thee hither,That I may pour my spirits in thine ear metaphor-Hurry home so I can persuade you and talk you out of whatever’s keeping you from going after the crown
Out, damned spot; out, I say. repitition-“A little water clears us of this deed” completely undone by guilt and descends into madness
Why, worthy thane,You do unbend your noble strength to thinkSo brainsickly of things. metaphor “unbend”-Why, my worthy lord, you let yourself become weak when you think about things in this cowardly way.- follows Macbeth saying that he has murdered sleep
Infirm of purpose! adjective “infirm” – he is weak and cowardly
The sleeping and the deadAre but as pictures. simile-Dead and sleeping people can’t hurt you any more than pictures can
‘Tis the eye of childhoodThat fears a painted devil. metaphor-Only children are afraid of scary pictures
My hands are of your colour, but I shameTo wear a heart so white. metaphor-My hands are as red as yours, but I would be ashamed if my heart were as pale and weak.
Be not lostSo poorly in your thoughts. metaphor-Snap out of your daze
All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. All the perfumes of Arabia couldn’t make my little hand smell better.

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