Macbeth Quote Practice

Fair is foul, and foul is fair Three witches – audience/themselvesThey say this quote in the opening scene, before leaving the stage when they agree to meet Macbeth upon the heath.
He unseam’d him from the nave to th chops Captain – King DuncanHe’s explaining Duncan how brave Macbeth was in battle when he cut open and decapitated Macdonwald’s head down to the waist.
What, can the devil speak true? Banquo – MacbethHe tells this to Macbeth after getting the news that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, after they heard the witches’ prophecy (He will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland).
Nothing in his life Became him like the leaving it Malcom – DuncanMalcom says this as he reports the Thane of Cawdor’s execution to his father due to treason.
Let not light see my black and deep desires Macbeth – Himself/audienceHe recognizes that, in order to achieve the throne, he will have to commit deeds that are contrary to his sense of right and wrong. (Kill Duncan)
Yet I do fear thy nature;It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way Lady Macbeth – Herself/audienceShe said this after reading Macbeth’s letter explaining to her the whole situation with King Duncan. She believes that Macbeth is too nice to kill Duncan to become king.
Come you, spiritsThat tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty! Lady Macbeth – Spirits/audience/ HerselfShe said this again, after reading Macbeth’s letter and wants to take on the stereotypical male figure to become ruthless and cruel in able to help Macbeth become king.
That but this blowMight be the be-all and the end-all–here,But here, upon this and and shoal of time,We’ld jump the life to come Macbeth – Himself/Audience(“If it were done” soliloquy) Macbeth is saying these lines as he ponders about the assassination of King Duncan and the consequences and guilt he would have to go through after doing so.
I have no spurTo prick the sides of my intent, but onlyVaulating ambition, which o’erleaps itselfAnd falls on the other Macbeth – Himself/audience(“If it were done” soliloquy) Macbeth further ponders the assassination by saying that there is no motvation to kill Duncan, but that his ambition to be king is far greater to let the opportunity go away.
I have given a suck, and know How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums,And dash’d the brains out, had I sworn as youHave done to this. Lady Macbeth – MacbethLady Macbeth is telling this to him after Macbeth makes up his mind to not kill Duncan. She tries to tell Macbeth how ruthless she would’ve been if she had to do the deed. She’s exaggerating, nevertheless, changes his mind.
But screw your courage to the sticking-place And we’ll not fail Lady Macbeth – MacbethMacbeth is still worried about killing Duncan and she tells him that to encourage him to do the deed. (man him up)
Bring forth men-children only; For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but males. Macbeth – Lady Macbeth Macbeth wants an heir to throne because he;s confident that he’s going to become king, so he commands his wife to have a male baby instead of a girl.
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Macbeth – Himself/AudienceAfter talking to Banquo, Macbeth has his first hallucination which is a dagger pointing in Duncan’s direction. Symbolically, it represents Macbeth’s inner turmoil and feelings of horror about the murder he is about to commit.
Had he not resembledMy father as he slept, I had done’t Lady Macbeth – Herself/AudienceLady M explains that she could’ve killed Duncan herself had he not looked like her father as he slept.
Me thought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!Macbeth doth Murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,(50)Chief nourisher in life’s feast— Macbeth – Lady MacbethAfter he returns from killing Duncan, Macbeth explains to her wife that he thought he heard someone say that. This ends up meaning that sleeping is no longer safe because Duncan was killed while sleeping and defenseless.
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this bloodClean from my hand? No, this my hand will ratherThe multitudinous seas incarnadine,Making the green one red. Macbeth – Himself/AudienceHe says this after committing the murder with his hands filled with blood. He tries to wash his hands but the blood (which signifies guilt) won’t come off.
Here lay Duncan,His silver skin laced with his golden blood,And his gashed stabs looked like a breach in natureFor ruin’s wasteful entrance; there, the murderers,Steeped in the colors of their trade, their daggersUnmannerly breeched with gore. Who could refrain,That had a heart to love, and in that heartCourage to make ‘s love known? Macbeth – Everyone on stage/AudienceMacbeth says this after Duncan’s body was “found”. He explains how loyal he was by avenging his king by killing the chamberlains. He is exaggerating his reaction to cover himself up from being accused.
Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, allAs the weird women promised, and I fearThou play’dst most foully for’t Banquo – Himself/AudienceThis quote opens Act III. Banquo has witnessed how the prophecies came true by foul means. He is growing suspicious of Macbeth.
Come, seeling night,Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day;And with thy bloody and invisible handCancel and tear to pieces that great bondWhich keeps me pale!–Light thickens; and the crowMakes wing to the rooky wood:Good things of day begin to droop and drowse;Whiles night’s black agents to their preys do rouse. Macbeth – Night/Audience Macbeth says this as he is preparing to have Banquo and Fleance murdered. He wishes darkness which symbolizes a curtain to hide the evil deeds from anyone watching.
The time has beenThat when the brains were out, the man would dieAnd there and end, but now they rise againwith twenty mortal murders on their crowns,And push us from our stools: this is more strange Than such a murder is Macbeth – Everyone in the banquet/Lady Macbeth Macbeth is at the banquet and he has just seen the ghost of Banquo. This is significant in part because it is Macbeth’s guilt that makes Banquo’s ghost appear.
It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood Macbeth – Lady MacbethAfter Lady Macbeth expels everyone from the banquet to attend her “sick” husband, he tells her and old saying: the dead will have revenge. He’s starting to feel extremely guilty and crazy.
I am in bloodStepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er Macbeth – Lady MacbethAfter Lady Macbeth expels everyone from the banquet to attend her “sick” husband, he tells her that he has done so many evil deeds that there’s no way to go back into being innocent.
Double, double toil and trouble;Fire burn, and cauldron bubble All witches – Themselves/AudienceThe witches say this while tossing a lot of ingredients into a cauldron while waiting for Macbeth’s visit in search for answers. With their spells, to pile up toil and trouble until they “double”—yielding twice the toil and double the trouble for Macbeth, presumably.
Something wicked this way comes Second witch – Witches/AudienceThe witch says this as they are preparing the stew with awful ingredients. Macbeth is coming their way now, unlike the first time they met, were the witches were looking for him.
None of woman bornShall harm Macbeth Second Apparition – MacbethAfter drinking the stew made by the witches, Macbeth has three apparitions. The second one is a bloody child telling him that no one who was born from a woman, shall harm him.
Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be untilGreat Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane hillShall come against Third Apparition – MacbethAfter drinking the stew made by the witches, Macbeth has three apparitions. The third one is a child crowned with tree in hand telling him that he’s safe until Birnam Wood forest moves to his castle.
From this momentThe very firstlings of my heart shall beThe firstlings of my hand Macbeth – Lennox/HimselfAfter the sisters leave and showed Macbeth the apparitions, Lennox arrives, and tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England. He responds that he will follow his heart no matter how bloody or evil.
But I must also feel it as a man Macduff – MalcomThis is how Macduff responds to Malcom after receiving the news of his murdered family. He wants to weep as a man before seeking revenge for it.
Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!—One; two: why, then ’tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky.—Fie, mylord, fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need wefear who knows it, when none can call our pow’rto account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? Lady Macbeth – EveryoneShe says this as she is sleepwalking. She basically confesses about Duncan’s murder by recreating the scene where Macbeth is washing his bloody hands after killing Duncan. Her conscience is extremely guilty.
I have liv’d long enough: my way of life Is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf; And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not. Macbeth – Seyton/HimselfHe is told by Seyton (servant) that 10,000 English troops are coming towards his castle. He says this quote as he realizes his death is near. He has no friends, love or loyal personnel.
Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas’d,Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,Raze out the written troubles of the brain,And with some sweet oblivious antidoteCleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilous stuffWhich weighs upon the heart? Macbeth – DoctorAfter knowing the state of guilty conscience on which Lady Macbeth is, he basically begs the Doctor to cure her.
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. Macbeth – Himself/AudienceMacbeth recites his “tomorrow” soliloquy after finding out that Lady Macbeth committed suicide before going to battle. His speech insists that there is no meaning or purpose in life.
Macduff was from his mother’s wombUntimely ripp’d Macduff – MacbethWhen fighting Macduff, Macbeth feels confident he’s going to win because “none of woman born shal harm Macbeth”, but then Macduff tells him that he was born through Ceasarean Section.
Yet I will try the last. Before my bodyI throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff, And damn’d be him that first cries. “Hold, enough!” Macbeth – MacduffAfter Macduff tells Macbeth that he’s not “of woman born” and destroying his ambition, Macbeth responds that he will fight to the death before surrendering.

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