Macbeth act 2 and 3 quotes

What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes. 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 on red. The sight of my hand hurts my eyes. Will even all of the water in the ocean wash the blood off of my hands? No, my hands will instead turn the whole big sea red.
Summary of act 2 quote 3 Macbeth just killed Duncan and is regretting his decision. He says the blood will never wash off meaning that the regret will never leave him.
Thou sure and firm-set earth,Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fearThy very stones prate of my whereabout,And take the present horror from the time,Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives:Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives. Ground, don’t hear my steps and where they go for fear the stones will tell on me and will take away the horror of silence, which is suitable. While I think about this, he lives: talking makes me less likely to do it.
Summary of act 2 quote 1 He wants to be very quiet so no one hears him while he kills Duncan. And he’s saying that the more he thinks about killing him, the less likely he is to do it. This was right after the dagger hallucination which is driving him to kill Duncan.
If’t be so, For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind; For them the gracious Duncan have I murder’d; put rancours in the vessel of my peach only for them; and mine eternal jewel given to the common enemy of man, to make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings! Rather than so, come fate into the list. And champion me to the utterance! If this is true, the I’ve tortured my conscience and murdered the gracious Duncan for banquo’s sons. I’ve ruined my own peace for their benefit. I’ve handed over my everlasting soul to the devil so that they could be kings. Banquo’s sons, kings! Instead of watching that happen, I will challenge fate to battle and fight to death!
Summary of act 3 quote 1 Macbeth is king but isn’t happy because of what the witches said about Banquo’s sons becoming king. He is planning to kill Banquo and his sons.
Nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content: ’tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.(Enter Macbeth)How now, my lord! Why do you keep alone, of sorriest fancies your companions making, using those thoughts which should indeed have died with them they think on? Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done. We have nothing and all is spent, but we aren’t happy: it’s safer to be dead that living with regret.Why are you alone and your companions are sorrry thoughts. Those thoughts should’ve died when Duncan died. Things you can’t fix, don’t think about it: what’s done is done.
summary of act 3 quote 2 Lady Macbeth is regretting killing Duncan. Then Macbeth comes in and she hides it and tells Macbeth that he shouldn’t be thinking about how he killed Duncan.
For mine own good, all causes shall give way: I am in blood stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er: strange things I have in head, that will to hand; which must be acted ere they may be scann’d. My own safety is the only important thing now. I have walked so far into this river of blood that even if I stopped now, it would be as hard to go back to being good as it is to keep killing people. I have some schemes in my head that I’m planning to put into action. I have to do these things before I have the chance to think about them.
Summary of act 3 quote 4 Macbeth just saw the ghost of Banquo and he is going to the witches the next day. He thinks that he’s already killed so many people that it’s harder to stop killing people than to keep killing people. He is planning something and has to do it before he has time to think.

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