Macbeth Quotes 26-40

“Thanks for that. There the grown serpent lies. The worm that’s fled Hath nature that in time will venom breed, no teeth for th’ present. Get the gone.” Macbeth—MurderThanks. The adult snake lies in the ditch. The young snake that escaped will in time become poisonous and threatening, but for now he has no fangs.Macbeth is saying how fleance will be threatening later but for right now he can’t do anything.
“Thou canst not say i did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me.” Macbeth—to the ghost You can’t say i did it. Don’t shake your bloody head at me.Macbeth is telling the ghost not to blame him because he didn’t do it, and he is going crazy.”
“All causes shall give way. I am in blood stepped in so far that, should i wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er.” Macbeth—Lady MacI have walked so far into this river of blood that even if i stopped now, it would be as hard to go back to being good as it is is to keep killing people. I have some schemes in my head that i’m planning to put into action.He is saying that he already got himself into something bad and if he went back he can’t be good because he already sinned.
“We are yet but young in deed.” Macbeth—Lady Mac We’re still just beginners when it comes to crime.He is saying that their sins and crimes have just began, and there will be many more.
“And you all know, security is mortals chiefest enemy.” Hecate—First WitchAs you all know, over confidence is man’s greatest enemy.The Hecate is saying that when someone is really confident about themselves, they don’t really notice things around them, or what’s happening.
“A stanchless avarice that, were i king, i should cut off the nobles for their lands, desire his jewels, and this other’s house; and my more-having would be as a sauce to make me hunger more, that i should forge.” Malcolm—MacduffIf i become king, I would steal the nobles lands taking Jewels from one guy and houses from another.Malcolm is telling Macduff that if he is king he would steal from the nobles.
“He has no children. All my pretty ones? Did you all?O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop?” MacDuff—MalcolmHe doesn’t have children. All my pretty little children? Did you say all? Oh, that bird from hell! All of them? What, all my children and their mother dead in one fell swoop?Macduff is talking about his kids
“Out, damned spot out, i say! One. Two. Why them, ’tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard?” Lady Mac—sleepwalking(herself)Come out, damned spot! Out, I command you! One, Two, Ok, it’s time to do it now. Hell is murky! Nonsense, my lord, nonsense! You are a soldier, and yet you are afraid?Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking and acting out when Macbeth killed Duncan.
“Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” Lady Macbeth—herselfWhy should we be scared, when no one can lay the guilt upon us? But who would have thought the old man would have had so much blood in him?Lady Mac is talking to herself
“The Thane of Fife had a wife, where is she now? What, will these hands ne’er be clean?” Lady Mac—herselfWhere is the Thane of Fife’s Wife, will my hands ever be clean.Lady Mac is talking about how hands will never be clean because now Lady Macduff is dead.
“To bed, to be. There’s knocking at the gate. Come, come,come,come. Give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone.” Lady Macbeth—herselfGo to bed! There is a knocking at the gate. Come give me your hand. What’s done is done and can be undone.Lady Macbeth is talking about how what happened can’t be undone.
“Let every soldier hew him down a bough and bear’t before him.” Macbeth—Menteith, Siward, Macduff, SoldiersTell every soldier to break off a branch and hold it in front of him.He is telling them to get ready to go after Macbeth
“She should have died hereafter. There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.” Macbeth—SeytonShe would have died later anyway. That news was beyond to come someday. Tomorrow.Macbeth is saying how Lady Mac would died anyway, so he didn’t really care that much.
“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—SeytonOut, out, brief candle life is nothing more than an illusion. It’s like a poor actor who struts and worries for his hour on the stage and is never heard from again. Life is a story told by an idiot full of noise and emotional disturbance but devoid of meaning. He is talking about life and how it comes and goes.

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