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Lady MacbethAct 1, scene 5, lines 36-52explanation: Lady Macbeth is clearly willing to do whatever is necessary to seize the thronesuggests that her womanhood, represented by breasts and milk, usually symbols of nurture, impedes her from performing acts of violence and cruelty, which she associates with manliness The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. 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 to 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. 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!’
Macbeth Act 1, scene 7, lines 1-28Macbeth debates whether he should kill Duncan. When he lists Duncan’s noble qualities and the loyalty that he feels toward his kingambition,” suddenly seems an insufficient justification for the act. As the soliloquy ends, Macbeth seems to resolve not to kill Duncan, but this resolve will only last until his wife returns and once again convinces him If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well It were done quickly. If th’assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch With his surcease success: that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all, here, But here upon this bank and shoal of time, We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here, that we but teach Bloody instructions which, being taught, return To plague th’inventor. This even-handed justice Commends th’ingredience of our poisoned chalice To our own lips. He’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office…
Macbeth Act 2, scene 2, lines 55-61Now he hears a mysterious knocking on his gate, which seems to promise doom. (In fact, the person knocking is Macduff, who will indeed eventually destroy Macbeth.)that there is enough blood on his hands to turn the entire sea redBlood, specifically Duncan’s blood, serves as the symbol of that guilt, Whence is that knocking?— How is’t with me, when every noise appals me? 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 one red.
Lady MacbethAct 5, scene 1, lines 30-34,She is completely undone by guilt and descends into madness. one of the few moments in the play when a major character—save for the witches, who speak in four-foot couplets—strays from iambic pentameter. Out, damned spot; out, I say. One, two,—why, then ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?
Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, lines 16-27after he hears of Lady Macbeth’s deathGiven the great love between them, his response is oddly muted, but it segues quickly into a speech of such pessimism and despair She should have died hereafter. There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle. Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his 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.
Three witchesAct 1, Scene 1sets the stage for the theme of craziness throughout the play Fair is foul, and foul is fair,Hover through the fog and filthy air
First WitchAct 1, Scene 3The witches like to punish innocent people, especially making them lose sleep- but they can’t kill them I myself have all the other,And the very ports they blow,All the quarters that they knowI’ th’ shipman’s card.I’ll drain him dry as hay.Sleep shall neither night nor dayHang upon his penthouse lid.
RossAct 1, Scene 3The prophecy’s first prediction has just come true And, for an earnest of a greater honor,He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor:In which addition, hail, most worthy thane,For it is thine.
MacbethAct 1, Scene 3Macbeth begins to think that the prophecies are going to become true and first contemplates the murder of Duncan Two truths are told,As happy prologues to the swelling actOf the imperial theme. (to ROSS and ANGUS) I thank you, gentlemen.(aside) This supernatural solicitingCannot be ill, cannot be good… Present fearsAre less than horrible imaginings.My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,Shakes so my single state of manThat function is smothered in surmise,And nothing is but what is not.
MacbethAct 1, Scene 3Macbeth decided that he is not going to kill Duncan because fate will work itself out If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir
DuncanAct 1, Scene 4Shows that Duncan is very over trusting- leading to his downfall There’s no artTo find the mind’s construction in the face.He (Thane of Cawdor) was a gentleman on whom I builtAn absolute trust.
Lady MacbethAct 1, Scene 7The first time Lady Macbeth taunts Macbeth into agreeing to kill Duncan. She gives Macbeth the plan to get Duncan’s guards drunk and frame them Was the hope drunkWherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?And wakes it now, to look so green and paleAt what it did so freely? From this timeSuch I account thy love. Art thou afeardTo be the same in thine own act and valorAs thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have thatWhich thou esteem’st the ornament of life,And live a coward in thine own esteem,Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would, “Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage?
BanquoAct 2, Scene 1Banquo shows that he plans on following his conscious no matter what So I lose noneIn seeking to augment it, but still keepMy bosom franchised and allegiance clear,I shall be counselled.
Lady Macbeth Act 2, Scene 2Lady Macbeth talks about how she could’t kill Duncan because he resembled her father- the first time she shows hesitation to grab power Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,And ’tis not done. Th’ attempt and not the deedConfounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready;He could not miss ’em. Had he not resembledMy father as he slept, I had done ‘t.
PorterAct 2, Scene 3The Porter referring to the castle as the gates of hell show a change in the atmosphere around the castle Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key.Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there, i’ th’ name of Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer that hanged himself on the expectation of plenty. Come in time, have napkins enough about you, here you’ll sweat for ‘t.Faith, here’s an equivocator that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God’s sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator.
MalcolmAct 2, Scene 3Malcolm suspects that the servants were not the ones responsible for his father’s death- doesn’t trust the way things appear to be What will you do? Let’s not consort with them.To show an unfelt sorrow is an officeWhich the false man does easy. I’ll to England.
DonalbainAct 2, Scene 3Doesn’t trust the way things appears and plans to flee because both he and Malcolm are in danger To Ireland, I. Our separated fortuneShall keep us both the safer. Where we are,There’s daggers in men’s smiles. The near in blood,The nearer bloody.
Old ManAct 2, Scene 4The atmosphere around the castle is growing dark Tis unnatural,Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last,A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place,Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.
RossAct 2, Scene 4Unnatural events are pointing at the evil growing in the castle And Duncan’s horses—a thing most strange and certain—Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,Turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,Contending ‘gainst obedience, as they wouldMake war with mankind.
MacduffAct 2, Scene 4Macduff does not say that he thinks that Malcolm or Donalbain are the murders- he seems suspicious of the story that Macbeth gave him and is the first to show so They were suborned.Malcolm and Donalbain, the king’s two sons,Are stol’n away and fled, which puts upon themSuspicion of the deed.
BanquoAct 3, Scene 1Banquo says that he thinks Macbeth did not earn his titles fairly. But he hopes that his line may still come to bare kings Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,As the weird women promised, and I fearThou played’st most foully for ‘t. Yet it was saidIt should not stand in thy posterity,But that myself should be the root and fatherOf many kings. If there come truth from them—As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine—Why, by the verities on thee made good,May they not be my oracles as well,And set me up in hope? But hush, no more
MacbethAct 3, Scene 1Macbeth states that the Three Witches gave him the kingdom but no heirs. Macbeth is angry that Banquo’s sons will be the ones to take the throne Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, and put a barren scepter in my grip,Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand
Lady MacbethAct 3, Scene 2Lady Macbeth is saying that gaining power and being anxious over guilt may not be the best choiceBut now there is no choice but to move on with life Naught’s had, all’s spent,Where our desire is got without content.’Tis safer to be that which we destroyThan by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.How now, my lord! Why do you keep alone,Of sorriest fancies your companions making,Using those thoughts which should indeed have diedWith them they think on? Things without all remedyShould be without regard. What’s done is done
MacbethAct 3, Scene 2Macbeth states that he has gained the crown, but that there is still a threat to the throne so long as Banquo and his heirs are around We have scorched the snake, not killed it.She’ll close and be herself whilst our poor maliceRemains in danger of her former tooth.But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleepIn the affliction of these terrible dreamsThat shake us nightly. Better be with the dead,Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,Than on the torture of the mind to lieIn restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave.After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.Treason has done his worst; nor steel nor poison,Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothingCan touch him further.
MacbethAct 3, Scene 2The first time that Macbeth is taking the initiative for a murder and keeping it a secret from Lady Macbeth, who is beginning to lose it a tad Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck….
HectateAct 3, Scene 5Hecate is angry that the witches have wasted their magic on such a spoiled brat, but now Hectate will mess up Macbeth even more Have I not reason, beldams as you are?Saucy and overbold, how did you dareTo trade and traffic with Macbeth….And I, the mistress of your charms…Was never called to bear my part,Or show the glory of our art?…Shall draw him on to his confusion…
First ApparitionAct 4, Scene 1Confirms Macbeth’s suspicions of Macduff Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff.Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.
Second ApparitionAct 4, Scene 1Gives Macbeth confidence that no man can harm him Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scornThe power of man, for none of woman bornShall harm Macbeth.
Third Apparition Act 4, Scene 1Makes Macbeth completely confident that his life is safe from harm Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no careWho chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are.Macbeth shall never vanquished be untilGreat Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane HillShall come against him.
Lady MacduffAct 4, Scene 2Lady Macduff is attacking the masculinity/bravery of her husband, paralleling Lady Macbeth Wisdom! To leave his wife, to leave his babes,His mansion and his titles in a placeFrom whence himself does fly? He loves us not;He wants the natural touch. For the poor wren,The most diminutive of birds, will fight,Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.All is the fear and nothing is the love,As little is the wisdom, where the flightSo runs against all reason.
MalcolmAct 5, Scene 4Birnam Wood is moving!!! Let every soldier hew him down a boughAnd bear ‘t before him. Thereby shall we shadowThe numbers of our host and make discoveryErr in report of us.
MacbethAct 5, Scene 8Macbeth realizes that he has met his end, but is too far down to return with any honor I will not yield,To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet,And to be baited with the rabble’s curse.Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane,And thou opposed, being of no woman born,Yet I will try the last. Before my bodyI throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,And damned be him that first cries, “Hold, enough!

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