MACBETH Act 2 Key Quotes

‘I dreamt last night of the three Weyward Sisters,’ Banquo 2.1 – Open and truthful about thinking of the Witches, contrasting with Macbeth. However never acts upon those thoughts.
‘I think not of them’ Macbeth 2.1 – (about Witches) Lies to Banquo, becomes more hated and highlights the loss of trust between Macbeth and Banquo.
‘Is this a dagger I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee:’ Macbeth 2.1 – Part of a soliloquy, Macbeth’s obsession with power is clouding his reality.
‘Hear it not Duncan, for it is a knell, That summons thee to Heaven or to Hell.’ Macbeth 2.1 – Rhyming makes it sound spell-like, witches evil taking control of him? Another like between Macbeth and the Supernatural.
‘Sleep no more, Macbeth does murther sleep’ Macbeth 2.2 – Realises the severity and reality of what he just did, fears he will be forever haunted by this. Contradicts later when he commits much worse but loses the factor of regret.
‘Give me the daggers:’ Lady Macbeth 2.2 – Taking control, swapping expected roles as Macbeth is breaking down and Lady Macbeth is remaining calm and collected.
‘My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white’ Lady Macbeth 2.2 – Irony in relation to further in play as Lady Macbeth become unable to cope with the blood on her hands, (‘out damned spot’) and leads her to her downfall.
‘Some say the Earth was feverous and did shake.’ Lennox 2.3 – Breaking the Great Chain of Being, the world is unbalanced with the murder of the King.

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