Macbeth: important quotes

“fair is foul and foul is fair” (act 1) WITCHES(at beginning; witches are saying a curse)fair=beautiful,, just/rightfoul=corrupt, ugly, unjust/wrong
“The Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me in borrowed robes? (1.3.114-115) MACBETH TO BANQUO(after witches talk to them for the first time hailing Macbeth)
“and nothing is but what is not” (1.3.155) MACBETH(aside; after he is declared Thane of Cawdor)what Macbeth thinks is fair/true/right, in reality it is worth nothing and it is false/wrong
“That is a step on which I must fall down or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies.” (1.4.55-57) MACBETH(aside; after Duncan declares Malcolm as Thane of Cumberland)Macbeth has to fall down the throne (resign or give up) or lead ahead to the kingship (which Malcolm blocks now)
“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see” (1.4.57-60) MACBETH(aside; after Duncan declares Malcolm as Thane of Cumberland)light vs. darkMacbeth doesn’t want God (stars) to see his desires (to kill Duncan) because they are evilMacbeth does not want to see himself murdering Duncan
“Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it.” (1.5.15-20) LADY MACBETH(soliloquy; received letter from Macbeth and is reading it)she thinks Macbeth is not capable of murdering Duncan because he is too much of a women (not manly); she sees is as great because there is a purpose and no evil (illness) should happen
“And that which rather thou dost fear to do, Than wishest should be undone.” (1.5.27-28) LADY MACBETH(soliloquy; after reading Macbeth’s letter)if Macbeth kills the king, then his wish would not be doneit is better to do what you fear, than regret not doing it
“come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between th’ effect and it. Come my woman’s breasts and take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers, wherever in your sightless substances you wait on nature’s mischief. (1.5.47-57) LADY MACBETH(soliloquy)she asks the evil spirits to take her compassion/remorse & all natural feelings away so she can be more manly than a women (unsex me here)
“Come, thick night, and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry ‘Hold, hold!'” (1.5.57-61) LADY MACBETH(soliloquy)if the heaven sees what she is becoming and what Macbeth and her are doing, they will try to stop them both from murdering Duncan
“This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses” (1.6.1-3) DUNCAN(enters the castle which Macbeth is hosting a party)it is ironic because Duncan appears to see the castle as a positive vibe, but in reality it is the place Macbeth will kill him
“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly.” (1.7.1-2) MACBETH(soliloquy; Macbeth thinks of the consequences/things that will happen due to the murderous kill)when he kills Duncan, he thinks it will not be done, in terms of: guilt, unhappiness, and all the consequences
“With his surcease success, that but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all here” (1.7.4-5) MACBETH(soliloquy; thinks of all the consequences of the murder)He wonders if killing Duncan will be all that is required to end all that he must endure before he is made king
“I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on th’ other—” (1.7.25-28) MACBETH(soliloquy; thinks of consequences, debates his reason to kill Duncan)(spur: no reason)he reflects that he has no reason to kill Duncan specifically, but his only purpose is his strong desire to be king (vaulting ambition); which he could go “too” far/do more evil than he wanted to do
“away, and mock the time with fairest show. False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” (1.7.94-96) MACBETH(end of act 1.7 where Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth to kill Duncan after his soliloquy of all his fears)appearance vs. realityMacbeth has to appear as just/fair/good, but in reality (in his heart) he is going to kill Duncan
“words to the heat of deeds too cold breaths give” (2.1.74) MACBETH(soliloquy; sees bloody dagger before he kills Duncan)thinking=coldaction=heatthinking cools down the heat the action that is produced
“will all Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?” (2.2.78-79) MACBETH(after he murders Duncan and he is talking to Lady Macbeth)evil, corruption, guilt (blood) cannot be taken away or fogotten

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