Macbeth Quotes

so foul and fair a day, I have not seen (Act 1, scene 3) Macbeth’s quote corresponds to that of the witches which shows the supernatural element in the play
stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more (Act 1, Scene 3) Macbeth ‘charges’ the witches to tell him more information. He is immediately intrigued by their prophecy and desires to know more
speak, I charge you (Act 1, Scene 3) Macbeth is already hubristic – demanding those that cannot be reasoned with or relied on for proper guidance
would they had stayed! (Act 1, Scene 3) Macbeth wishes the witches had not ‘vanished’ as ‘breath into the wind’ because he desires to hear more of his kingly future – already tempted / seduced by the witches’ words
your children shall be kings (Act 1, Scene 3) Macbeth realises that Banquo’s lineage could produce heirs to the throne – His throne – and sees him as a threat to his having the ‘golden round’ forever
this supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good (Act 1, Scene 3) Macbeth recognises the abnormal nature to his current situation and believes it cannot be good – he sees the danger within the witches’ words (despite their truth)
why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image that doth unfix my hair (Act 1, Scene 3) Macbeth questions why he has thoughts of killing King Duncan as he knows that it is wrong – shows he does have a conscience but also that the prophecy has been implanted in his brain and he cannot not think about its possibility
if chance will have me king, why chance may crown me, without my stir (Act 1, Scene 3) Macbeth listens to the advice of Banquo (the harbinger) and refuses to do anything about it – leaving his future to chance
the service and loyalty I owe, in doing it, pays itself (Act 1, Scene 4) Macbeth believes that he is doing his duty towards the King by killing the ‘norweyan’ traitor ‘Macdonwald’. Macbeth is appeasing Duncan
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 (Act 1, Scene 4) Macbeth realises that Malcolm is also an obstacle to attaining the throne and believes he must overthrow him, otherwise he cannot become King
stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires (Act 1, Scene 4) Macbeth recognises that his thoughts hold murderous intentions and begs the higher / supreme powers to overlook them which shows he does have a moral awareness for good and evil yet willingly chooses to do bad
if it were done when tis’ done, then ’twere well it were done quickly (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth knows that during the ‘assassination’ he must kill Duncan quickly – shows a glimmer of humanity in an otherwise monster
might be the be-all and the end-all-here (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth knows that the evil deed could either go one way or another and yet he is willingly to risk it for power
even-handed justice (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth knows that the balance of nature will revenge itself in some way (taking the Macbeth’s lives’ for the immoral and unjust taking of Duncan’s)
he’s here in double trust (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth understands that Duncan feels safe at the castle with Macbeth and considers him a ‘worthy’ and ‘valiant’ cousin yet he is mistaken (shows the gullibility of Duncan)
I am his kinsman and his subject – as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth is shown to be vacillating between his instincts – between killing the King for the throne and protecting the throne from those who wish to take it
hath been so clear in his office, that his virtues will plead like angels…like a naked new-born babe (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth is well aware of the goodness and greatness of Duncan – even likening him to an innocent newborn baby, which shows how the King is the epitome of innocent and does not deserve the ‘deep damnation of his taking-off’
but only vaulting ambition, which o’er leaps itself, and falls on the other (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth has the inflexible will to commit regicide and will not stop his ‘bloody business’
we will proceed no further in this business (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth stands up against his wife and vows to end the discussion – he finally believes that to kill the King is immoral and wants to end the plot
bring forth men-children only (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth compliments Lady Macbeth – believing her mettle spirit can only produce male children (she is devoid of femininity)
false face must hide what the false heart doth know (Act 1, Scene 7) Macbeth agrees with the Lady Macbeth decoy of ‘look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t’
if you shall cleave to my consent, it shall make honour of you (Act 2, Scene 1) Macbeth offers Banquo an ultimatum of sorts. Cleave has two possible definitions that changes the meaning of the sentence. 1) cling on to, 2) cut in two. If Banquo agrees to consent, then he will be seen as an allied friend that Macbeth can trust but if he does not agree, then their friendship will cease to exist and Macbeth will know that he cannot trust Banquo will his plan to attain the throne
is this a dagger that I see before me…art thou not a fatal vision…a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? (Act 2, Scene 1) Macbeth visualises a dagger before him – it is either supernatural or a figment of his distorted imagination, leading him to Duncan’s chamber
I have done the deed (Act 2, Scene 2) Macbeth has just killed Duncan
I heard a voice cry ‘sleep no more; Macbeth does murder sleep’ – the innocent sleep…Macbeth hath murder’d sleep (Act 2, Scene 2) Macbeth believes that he cannot sleep – probably due to the guilt he feels for killing Duncan. He also cannot say ‘amen’ thus showing that religion has turned away from him
I’ll go no more, I am afraid to think at what I have done (Act 2, Scene 2) Macbeth dares not go back to Duncan’s chamber, as he fears the deed he has just done
will all great Neptune’s oceans wash this blood clean from my hand? No; this my hand will turn the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red (Act 2, Scene 2) Macbeth believes that not even the ocean can rid his hands of the blood that stains them – physically and metaphorically. Duncan’s blood is now imprinted on his ‘bloody’ hands in his mind. If he were to wash his hands in the ocean, he would turn it red with blood.
’twas a rough night (Act 2, Scene 3) Macbeth agrees with Lennox that the night of the King’s murder was rough – double entendre (rough from the weather and rough on himself for committing the deed)
the fountain of your blood is stopped; the very source of it is stopped (Act 2, Scene 3) Macbeth uses hyperbole imagery to describe the King’s death – it sounds reversed and cold
here lay Duncan, his silver skin lac’d with his golden blood (Act 2, Scene 3) Macbeth recognises the virtue of Duncan and exploits this towards Banquo, Macduff and Malcolm in order to appear innocent and not capable of actually committing the act – it is a psychological attempt to redeem himself in their eyes
they hail’d him father to a line of kings. Upon my head they plac’d a fruitless crown (Act 3, Scene 1) Macbeth understands that Banquo’s issues could potentially take his throne away from him so he therefore orders Banquo’s and fleance’s murders in order to protect his title
Fleance his son, that keeps him company, whose absence is no less material to me than is his father’s (Act 3, Scene 1) Macbeth tells the murderers to kill both Fleance and Banquo with ‘no rubs or botches in the work’ (with no mistakes)
we have scorch’d the snake, not kill’d it (Act 3, Scene 2) Macbeth tells his wife that they are still not out of the clear – he must kill others to prevent the throne from being taken from them, he is paranoid and bloodthirsty
O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! (Act 3, Scene 2) Macbeth has gone against his conscience and this is the result of wickedness and treachery
be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, until thou applaud the deed (Act 3, Scene 2) Macbeth is starting to work without his wife – there is a rift forming between them. Lady Macbeth cannot do anything to stop his murderous endeavours (he is keeping her out of the loop)
there the grown serpent lies; the worm that’s fled, hath nature that in time will venom breed (Act 3, Scene 4) Macbeth calls Fleance a young snake that in time will develop the ability to poison and could take the throne from Macbeth
Which of you have done this? (Act 3, Scene 4) Macbeth is untrusting – believes somebody in his circle has conjured the image of dead Banquo. The antithesis of Duncan.
avaunt and quit my sight. Let the earth hide thee. Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold! (Act 3, Scene 4) Macbeth is visioning the ghost of Banquo. He is feeling remorseful – paranoid. Fears the dead.
they say blood will have blood (Act 3, Scene 4) Macbeth believes in karma perhaps – one life, for another in revenge.
I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er (Act 3, Scene 4) Macbeth has committed so much evil that there is no point in going back – he must continue on this villainous and wicked path
How now, you secret, black and midnight hags! (Act 4, Scene 1) Macbeth is hubristic and arrogant towards the witches’ – disrespectful and unconcerned of their great power. He is like a dog returning for more treats – cannot get enough.
then live Macduff, what need I fear of thee? But yet I’ll make assurance double sure and take a bond of fate (Act 4, Scene 1) Macbeth is now feeling invincible – believing that ‘none of woman borne shall harm Macbeth’ and does not see Macduff as a threat yet decides to kill him for safety
that will never be. Who can impress the forest, bid the tree unfix his earth-bound roots? (Act 4, Scene 1) Macbeth is in disbelief – trees cannot uproot themselves and therefore he ignorantly believes that ‘Macbeth shall never be vanquish’d be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him’. (foreshadowing)
the castle of Macduff I will surprise., seize upon Fife, give to the edge o’ th’ sword his wife, and his babes (Act 4, Scene 1) Macbeth is going to murder Macduff’s entire family and servants in order to carry out his revenge for the Thane of Fife fleeing to England
cure her of that (Act 5, Scene 3) Macbeth wants the doctor to cure his wife of her ‘thick -coming’ malady. it shows that he does care for her. He does have a humanity.
I will not be afraid of death and bane until Birnam forest come to Dunsinane (Act 5, Scene 3) Macbeth is hubristic and foolish – believes himself to be invincible and incapable of being hurt / murdered.
she should have died hereafter…tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time…out, out brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing (Act 5, Scene 5) Macbeth’s speech upon hearing of his wife’s death. He tells a beautiful and poetic speech about the insignificance of life and how short it truly is. Macbeth is saying goodbye to his wife. His statements show his despair and loss.
my soul is too much charg’d with blood of thine already (Act 5, Scene 8) Macbeth either aggravates Macduff by reminding him of how he killed his family or he is being honest – he cares not for spilling any more of his blood
accursed be the tongue that tells me so, for it hath cow’d my better part of man (Act 5, Scene 8) Macbeth realises that he has been deceived by the witches and his spirit is crushed by this news – he has lost his supernatural invincibility and knows he is doomed to die
I will not yield, to kiss the ground of young Malcolm’s feet…I will try the last (Act 5, Scene 8) Macbeth is going to fight to the death and refuses to surrender to Malcolm, the actual heir to the throne, and so he continues his battle (then gets beheaded by Macduff)

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