Macbeth Quotations

“Fair is foul and foul is fair” Act: I i Speaker: all three witchesTo: themselvesSignificance: its inversion in values. good is bad and bad is good
“So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” Act: I iiiSpeaker:Macbeth To: BanquoSignificance: he has never seen such a good and bad day at the same time
“…oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betrays In deepest consequences” Act:I iiiSpeaker: BanquoTo: MacbethSignificance: he is warning macbeth that the witches predictions may contain just enough truth to mislead him into great harm
“There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.” Act:I ivSpeaker: DuncanTo: MalcomSignificance: its not possible to judge what is in a person’s mind (their intentions) by looking at the face they wear
.”Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the mild of human kindness to catch the nearest way” Act: I vSpeaker: Lady MacbethTo:herselfSignificance: she knows/fears that Macbeth is too kind to be cruel enough to take the ruthless way and kill the king
“Your face, my thane is as a book where men may read strange matters… look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” Act: I vSpeaker: Lady MacbethTo: MacbethSignificance: Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth to deceive Duncan with his countenance , pretending to be loyal, but all the while planning to betray and kill him:
” If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly.” Act: I viiSpeaker: MacbethTo: himselfSignificance: if i’m going to do it get it over with quick
“We fail!but screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll fail not” Act: I iiiSpeaker: Lady MacbethTo: MacbethSignificance:If you are ambitions and courageous we will not fail
” False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” Act: I viiSpeaker: Macbeth To: Lady MacbethSignificance: deception is required to do the deed, instructing and agreeing that they mus hide true feelings and evil intentions behind hypocritical happy faces (he has adopted her mentality)
“Is this a dagger which I see before me, The hands toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee. I have thee not and yet i see thee still.” Act: II iSpeaker: MacbethTo: HimselfSignificance: He starts to go mad and hallucinate seeing a dagger. He takes it as a sign that he is supposed to kill the king
Alack, I am afraid they have awaked, and ’tis not done, The attempt and the deed confounds us” Act: II i Speaker: MacbethTo: himselfSignificance: the guards awakened too soon when he attempted the murder… thinks all is lost
“Methought I head a voice cry:’Sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep’.” Act: II iiSpeaker: Lady MacbethTo: herselfSignificance: she fears that the guards have awakened before the king could be murdered in his sleep… also a prophesy that he won’t be able to sleep
” 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 one red” Act: II iiSpeaker: MacbethTo: himselfSignificance: he feels so guilty that not even an ocean could wash the blood from his hands, instead he would taint it
“Confusion now has made his masterpiece” Act: II iiiSpeaker: MacduffTo:himselfSignificance: Duncan’s murder makes no sense – his death is unjustified and causes utter confusion as to why
“To be thus is nothing; but to be safely thus” Act: III iSpeaker: MacbethTo: himselfSignificance: he does not feel safe as king he is afraid of Banquo and Fleeance b/c Banquo could expose him and also b/c of the prophesy
“Avaunt! And quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee! Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; Thou has no speculation in those eyes which thou dost glare with” Act: III ivSpeaker :MacbethTo: Bloody Ghost of BanquoSignificance:Macbeth is hallucinating again, only he can see the ghost and his guilty conscience has brought this on
“It will have blood they say, blood will have blood.” Act: III ivSpeaker:MacbethTo: Lady MacbethSignificance:Hi is totally paranoid and when he sees the ghost and is afraid it wants revenge
“…I am in blood. Stepped in so far that , should I wade no more, Returning were a tedious as go o’er.” Act: III ivSpeaker: MacbethTo: Lady MacbethSignificance: he is in so deep that going back is impossible and he will not change but continue in his bloody ways
” Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” Act: IV iSpeaker: 3 WitchesTo: themselves/ the charmSignificance: winding up the spell
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes” Act: IV iSpeaker: 2nd witchTo: other witchesSignificance: when she feels a prick in her thumbs something evil is coming… its ironic b/c the witches are already evil but they are calling Macbeth evil
” I am in this earthly world, where to do harm is often laudable, good is sometime accounted dangerous folly” Act: IV iiSpeaker: Lady MacduffTo: her sonSignificance: she’s commenting on the state of a fallen world
“Out dammed spot! Out, I say! One, two: Why then tis time to do’t” Act: ViSpeaker: Lady MacbethTo: herselfSignificance: guilty conscience makes her relive the aftermath of killing King Duncan
” Now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a giants robe upon a dwarfish thief.” Act: V iiSpeaker: AngusTo:Meteith and CaithnesSignificance: calls Macbeth a thief and a dwarf who is wearing a giant kings robes… can’t live up to Duncan
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps this pretty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time” Act: V ivSpeaker: MacbethTo: himself and SeytonSignificance: time inevitably passes and ends in death … no meaning to life
“Out, out brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” Act: V vSpeaker: MacbethTo:MacbethSignificance: himself/ Seyton
” My soul is too much changed with blood of thine already.” Act: V viiiSpeaker: MacbethTo: MacduffSignificance: have shed the blood of his family, doesn’t want to fight.

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