Macbeth Quotes

Fair is foul, and foul is fair said by the witches, introduces a theme for the play: appearance vs. reality. It is also the first time the witches are in the play. Act 1 scene 1
Lesser then Macbeth and greater Said by the first witch, referring to Banquo, meaning that he will not be king but his sons will be. Act 1 Scene 3
Sleep no more! Said by Macbeth, after the murder of Duncan. It shows how he is going crazy and is driven to madness by guilt. Act 2 Scene 2
Least our old robes sit easier then our new! Said by Macduff before Macbeth’s coronation. This is an example of clothing imagery and also shows how Macduff thinks that Duncan is a better king that Macbeth will ever be. Says this to Ross and the Old Man. Act 2 Scene 4
I have almost forgot the taste of fear. Said by Macbeth, after the death of Lady Macbeth. Shows how Macbeth is so evil that he isn’t even upset by “the cry of women” (her death) Act 5 Scene 5
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time… Macbeth’s soliloquy, at his lowest point: nadire. This shows the brevity of time (life). Said after Lady Macbeth’s death. He does not have any more connections and it is hard for him to function, no more humanity. Act 5 Scene 5
I am in blood Steeped in so far that, should I wade no more Returning were as tedious as go ‘er The real climax of the play, after Banquo’s death. Macbeth can’t undo deaths and has to keep killing people, He is completely corrupted. Act 3 Scene 4
Double, double, toil and trouble Said by the witches, it is a traditional witch chant and is used in other pieces of literature. Occurs in Macbeth’s second visit, Act 4 Scene 4
Yet do I fear they nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness… Said by Lady Macbeth, after she receives Macbeth’s letter. She thinks that Macbeth is too good to commit murder , not ruthless. Act 1 Scene 5
Out, damned spot! Out, I say! Said by Lady Macbeth when she sleepwalks and keeps washing her hands because she feels guilty of the recent deaths. Act 5 Scene 1

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