Macbeth Quotes

“But screw your courage to the sticking-place,/And we’ll not fail.” Lady Macbeth to MacbethManipulation Metaphor – allowing Macbeth to believe her
“How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me: I would … Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums/And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn” Lady Macbeth to MacbethManipulation juxtaposition – the nurturing imagery of a mother’s love is contrasted with the shocking image of a brutal, heartless murder
“I am in blood/Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more” Macbeth Change of characterMetaphor – cusp of change
“There is none but he/Whose being I do fear: and, under him,/My Genius is rebuked; as, it is said,/Mark Antony’s was by Caesar.” Macbeth of BanquoAbuse of powerSimile – Banquo seems kingly almost by nature and thus seems, to Macbeth, a potential rival, Banquo is both brave and wise and might again, for those reasons, prove a rival to Macbeth, Banquo’s kingly qualities inspire nervousness in Macbeth
“let the earth hide thee!” Macbeth of Banquo’s ghostAbuse of powerpersonification – the earth burying Macbeth’s secrets signifies his mental state, which worsens throughout the course of the play, Macbeth’s fit allows the nobility to question Macbeth’s authenticity to rule
“No boasting like a fool;/This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool” Macbeth of the murder of McDuff’s wife and childrenAbuse of powerRhyming couplet, inhumane tone – reckless decisions and actions are his responsibility, erratic decision making, ambition
“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires” Macbeth planning to kill DuncanUnchecked ambitionMetaphor – Macbeth describes his ambition as being “black and deep desires,” which metaphorically demonstrates Macbeth’s ambition as he likens his thoughts to “black and deep desires”.
“Yet I will try the last. Before my body,/I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,/And damn’d be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!” Macbeth final confrontation with MacduffUnchecked ambitionTone – Self-assured, vow with his own ambition, possession of motivation as he is enslaved by his own ambition, driven to suicide

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