Macbeth quotes 1-10

“Fair is foul, and Foul is fair” Witches -> themselvesThings won’t always be what they seemParadox, foreshadowing that witches will trick mortals
“Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chaps, and fixed his head upon our battlements” Captain -> Duncan and MalcolmTill he sliced him(Macdonwald) open from his belly to his chin, cut off his head, and put it on the enemy flag.Macbeth is violent. Kills Macdonwald. Foeshadowing pf more death. Lets reader know how Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor.
“The Thane of Cawdor lives, why do you dress me in burrowed robes?” Macbeth -> Ross and AngusThere is already a Thane of Cawdor. Why are you giving me his title?Macbeth realizes the witches were right, so he believes that he will become king.
“To find the mind’s construction in the face. He was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust” Dancan -> Lennox, Malcolm, Donalbain, and AttendantsYou couldn’t tell his intentions through appearance. He was a man I trusted.Foreshadows how Macbeth wants to kill him.
“The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or else o’er leap, for in my way it lies stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires” Macbeth -> himselfMalcolm! I have to kill him. I hope no one knows of my dark desires.Tells us that not inly is she gonna kill Duncan, but also Malcolm.
“Galmis thou art and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised. Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to find the nearest way.” Lady Macbeth -> responding to Macbeth’s letter, soliloquyYou are Thane of Glamis now Cawdor, and will later be king as promised. Yet, I fear you are too kind to kill him.Lady Macbeth doesn’t have faith in her husband. Thinks he’s too weak. Foreshadows she’ll start giving him ideas.
“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.” Lady Macbeth-> to the “spirits”, soliloquySpirits take away my good nature and make me cruel. Make me a man.Lady Macbeth starts getting evil thoughts. Foreshadowing her plan.
“Your face, my thane , is as a book where men may read strange matters. To beguile the time, look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.” Lady Macbeth -> MacbethYour face shows your bad intentions. You must look innocent as a flower, but be the serpent under it.Lady Macbeth is starting to convince her husband in killing Duncan. First time Macbeth has seen his wife like this.
“We will proceed no further in this business.” Macbeth -> Lady MacbethWe will not continue this.Macbeth does not want to go through with this. He realizes that the king has only been good to him.
“We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep (Whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey soundly invite him), his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince.” Lady Macbeth -> Macbeth If we fail? Forget good and we won’t fail. While Duncan’s asleep, we’ll get his guards drunk.Lady Macbeth is confident, they won’t fail. She has everything planned out. She convinces Macbeth to go through it.
“We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep (Whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey soundly invite him), his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince.”

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