Macbeth key quotes

Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t. Lady Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5- appearance/reality
“Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, till thou applaud the deed.” Macbeth: It’s better you know nothing about what I’m doing, darling, until it’s done. – changing roles
Is this a dagger which I see before me Act 2, Scene 1 – Macbeth – visions – horror image – two interpretations: dagger of Macbeth’s imagination OR conjured by the Witches to spur on Macbeth to kill Duncan – ambiguity of supernatural
Spirits that tend on mortal thoughts unsex me here Lady Macbeth – defying gender roles wanting to become manly and powerful
Macbeth does murder sleep Macbeth- By murdering Duncan he has “murdered” his own peace of mind – foreshadows insanity
Fair is foul and foul is fair (Act I) Witches * an ambiguous statement; could have double meaning * also reflects the overall theme–hard to distinguish between fair (good) and foul (evil) *use of anadiplosis
Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t Act 2, Scene 2 – Lady Macbeth – indicates she has some conscience – not purely evil

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