Macbeth Act 2 & 3 Quotes

Is this a dagger which I see before me,The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Speaker: MacbethThemes: Insanity and violenceHe’s questioning himself, whether there is a dagger really there or if he’s hallucinating.
Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knellThat summons thee to heaven, or to hell. Speaker: Macbeth Rhyming couplet. Knell: funeral bellForeshadows Duncan’s death.
That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold; What hath quench’d them hath given me fire. Speaker: Lady Macbeth to MacbethLiquid Courage. The drink that was given to the servants have given her courage and fired her up to proceed in killing the king.
It was the owl that shriek’d, the fatal bellman, Which gives the stern’st good night. Speaker: Lady Macbeth to MacbethAnimal imagery. Believed that the owl was a bird of ill-omen that visited a prisoner before execution, leading her to believe that Macbeth is currently killing Duncan.
I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more!Macbeth does murder sleep”- the innocent sleep,Sleep that knits p the ravell’d sleave of care Speaker: Macbeth to Lady MacbethInsanity vs sanity. Personification of sleep. Macbeth thinks he heard the servants talking about Macbeth in their sleep.
Whence is that knocking? Pluck out mine eyes! Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this bloodClear from my hand? Speaker: Macbeth to Lady MacbethInsanity vs sanity. Allusion to Neptune- Roman god of Sea. Blood imagery
O yet, I do repent me of my fury,That I did kill them. Speaker: Macbeth to Macduff Theme: Deception. Macbeth claims to have killed Duncan’s son out of fury- revenge.He is deceiving everyone by framing the sons.
HIs silver skin laced with his golden blood. And his gash’d stabs look’d like a breach in nature Speaker: Macbeth to Lady Macbeth and MacduffBlood imagery. Macbeth compares Duncans wounds to an invaded fortress covered in blood at war.
Thou see’st, the heavens, as troubled with man’s act,Threaten his bloody stage: by the clock, ’tis day,And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp:Is’t night’s predominance, or the day’s shame,That darkness does the face of earth entomb,When living light should kiss it? Speaker: Ross to the old man. Pathetic fallacy- weather matches mood/atmosphere/setting.Unnatural things are happening, which they discuss. Ross noticed the unnatural horses and skies. Old man noticed the owl killing the falcon. Owl= Macbeth Falcon=Duncan
So he is mine and in such bloody distanceWith barefaced power sweep him from my sight Speaker: Macbeth to the 2 murderers. Blood imagery, plot slowly descending into darkness. Theme of sanity vs insanity. He is now fixated on Banquo and says as long as he is alive, he is sick, and will only be healthy again when Banquo is dead-> insanity
It is concluded: Banquo, thy soul’s flightIf it find heaven, must find it out to-night. Speaker: Macbeth to himselfForeshadowing/allusion to Banquo’s death.
We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it Speaker: Macbeth to lady MacbethIrony. Macbeth refers to Banquo as the snake yet he’s the snake himself. The snake is also Macbeth’s plans, which are not done yet.
Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleepIn the affliction of these terrible dreamsThat shake us nightly. Better be with the dead,Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,Than on the torture of the mind to lie Speaker: Macbeth to lady MacbethHe would rather be dead than be in the situation he’s in.
In restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave.After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well. Speaker: MacbethIrony because Duncan is dead, he envies duncan for sleeping peacefully in his grave. Ecstasty is related to good things and he compares Duncan’s death to his own mental state.
O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! Speaker: Macbeth to Lady MacbethAnimal imagery. Scorpions represent evil, Macbeths mind is tainted by poisonous thoughts.
Gentle my lord, sleek o’er your rugged looks;Be bright and jovial among your guests to-night. Speaker: Lady to Macbeth. Appearance versus RealityShe’s telling macbeth to put on a happy face for the guests so they don’t suspect him.
Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, Bloody and invisible hand, Hold thee still, Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill: PRITHEE, go with me. Speaker: Macbeth to lady Macbeth.Role reversal, Macbeth is now the one making the plans.
Whole as the marble, founded as the rockAs broad and general as the casing air Speaker: Macbeth to murderer Simile. Macbeth compares himself to a rock (tough)
Ay my good lord, safe in a ditch he bides,With twenty trenched gashes on his head;The least a death to nature. Speaker: murderer to MacbethExplains to macbeth that Banquo is dead in a ditch-> blood imagery. Grown serpent is Banquo while the worm is actually a little serpent (Fleance) Thinks Fleance may not be a threat now but will grow fangs and become poisonous later on
Thou canst not say I did it: never shakeThy gory locks at me. Speaker: Macbeth to Banquo’s ghostSays he cant be blamed for his death, Macbeth didnt do the killing himself.
This is the very painting of your fear: This is the iar-drawn dagger which you said,Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts. Speaker: Lady Macbeth to MacbethExplaining to Macbeth that it is an image conjured up by his fear. Metaphor-> compares Macbeth’s behaviour to that of a superstitious old woman.
You make me strangeWhen I now think you can behold such sights,And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks,When mine is blanch’d with fear. Speaker: Macbeth to Lady Macbeth Appearance vs reality. Questioning why she appears unphased by the sight of the ghost when he is shitting himself over it. He questions if he is as brave as he thought.
I hear it by the way, but I will send:I keep a servant fee’d. I will tomorrow Speaker: Macbeth to Lady MacbethExplains he has servants in everyone one of the lord’s households. Paranoia-insanity.
betimes I will to the weird sisters:More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know, I am in blood, Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more Speaker: Macbeth to ladyMacbeth says it would be hard to go back to being good as it is to keep killing people. (Harder to stop than to continue- he’s in to deep)
Shall draw him on to his confusion: And you all know security is mortals’ chiefest enemy. Speaker: Hecate to the weird witches.Overconfidence is a man’s greatest enemy. Hecate=the queen of witches. Hecate is originally greek moon goddess.

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