Macbeth Quotes

Which quotes show Macbeth is a noble warrior? ????’Brave macbeth’/’noble macbeth’/valiant cousin/worthy gentleman ???? Act1Scene2- Macbeth deserves to be called brave, given the way he’s just fought. With his destruction, he was basically laughing at the luck (“Disdaining Fortune”) that Macdonwald had on his side. He easily killed him. Additionally, this foreshadows the future murders he commits in which he is also “disdaining fortune” whether one interprets “fortune” to be fate or luck.-The adjective ‘Valiant’ has connotations of courage which links to Macbeth’s appearance ‘alter ego’ (which is that he is an amazing person who is trustworthy and true-hearted). However the quote: “With his brandished steel…” Shows that he swung his sword (‘Steel’) with no self control or concern for human life. This exposes the genuineness of his character which consists of several nefarious traits, such as his saturnalian attitude towards humanistic life. Therefore, we can conclude that the outside view towards Macbeth (Duncan) is different to the portrayal of his actions.- The use of the term “brave” in “brave Macbeth” is an epithet (an adjective or phrase expressing a quality or attribute) which is hugely impressive considering it’s coming from the Captain, who socially, would be classed higher than Macbeth. The contemporary audience would be equally as impressed as the Captain here as peer admiration is being displayed- Duncan calling Macbeth “cousin” this was a sign of respect and trust that Duncan was giving to Macbeth, therefore Shakespeare’s uses this to show the Jacobean audience the trust Duncan puts in Macbeth
Which quote demonstrates Macbeth is a ruthless and blood thirsty warrior? ‘????Unseam’d him from the nave to the chaps????Act1Scene2- ripped him open from navel to jaws – blood thirsty nature – ironic as it foreshadows his death- deliberately unsettling – tailor metaphor ‘unseamd’- could foreadow him tearing the heart out of Scotland
Which quote suggest that Banquo immediately senses suspicion about the witches prophecies? ????that he seems rapt withal’????act1scene3Macbeth is spell bound by the witches prophecies but also scared about the powerful ambition the witches have awakened on him Rapt = completely fascinated or absorbed by what one is seeing or hearing
Which quote shows how Macbeth fears the witches? ????horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs???? act 1 Scene 3Analysis of Flashcard
Which quote suggests Macbeth believes in fate? ???? If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, Without my stir.????act1scene3- Macbeth is saying here that if the witches are right and he really is fated to be king, he won’t need to do anything to make that happen. It’s fate, after all.
After Banquo admits to dreaming about the weird sisters, what does Macbeth reply with? ????I think not of them????act2scene1
Which quote shows how Macbeth is subordinate to lady Macbeth and is starting to get ambitious? ????prithee peace. I dare do all that may become a man; who dares do more is none????act1scene7Analysis on flash card
Which quote suggests Macbeth’s mind is corrupt? ????a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat oppressed brain?????Analysis on flashcard
Which quote suggests donaldbain feels déception through Macbeth? ????there’s daggers in men’s smiles????- Despite his young years, Donalbain realises that family ties don’t necessarily guarantee safety. Sometimes the friends that you keep close are close enough to strike you before you see it coming. A common theme in Shakespeare’s work is the idea of family murder.- “Daggers in men’s smiles” is also a continuation of the theme of deception and can be easily compared with “To show an unfelt sorrow is an office / Which the false man does easy”.Basically, facial expressions and emotions, such as smiles and sympathy can easily mask the truth of a person’s nature i.e. Macbeth’s.
Which quote suggests that Macbeth things he is manly? In act 3 Scene 4 when lady Macbeth says are you a man? Macbeth replies ????a bold one, that dare look on that which might appeal the devil????He believes that he IS a man because the sight before him (Banquo’s ghost) is so horrifying, that it would even appall the Devil himself. He rejects Lady Macbeth attempt to belittle him ( like she has done previously) and shows her the extent of his manliness.
Which quote shows Macbeth is beginning to despair and that he feels like everything he’s done is worthless? ????this push will cheer me over or disseat me now. I have liv’d long enough. My way of life is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf and that which accompany old age, as honour, love obedience, troops of friends I must not look to have’ One of the most pathetic speeches in the play and one whose defeated, nihilistic tone clearly suggests Macbeth’s eventual demise. He pictures his life now as a dried yellow leaf, and knows that he will never have the comforts that often accompany old age such as “honor, love, obedience,” or even “troops of friends,” especially since he himself has been responsible for cutting down that list. (Literally.) Instead of those rewards of a good life, he can expect hostile “curses” – not shouted loudly, but muttered angrily and secretly, and felt “deep[ly].” Instead of real honor, he’ll get “mouth-honor,” or lip service. Imagine him surrounded by people who hate and fear him.This is anagnorisis – moment of realisation, he realises he has done wrong
Which quote suggests Macbeth is full of bravado and nothing scares him? ????I have supp’d full with horrors????Macbeth is overfed with horror; he’s committed so much slaughter that he’s now incapable of being startled by bloody or dire events.Ross’s description of Macbeth’s combat heroics in 1.3 foreshadows this psychological state:Nothing afeard of what thyself didst make,Strange images of death.Macbeth’s claim comes directly before he learns that his wife is dead. His “Out, out” soliloquy can thus be played as emotionally numb, deeply distressed, or somewhere in between-in other words, as a confirmation or ironic contradiction of the idea that he’s beyond feeling horror.
Which quote shows Malcolm is self admitting in that he would make a poor leader? ???? black Macbeth Will seem as pure as snow????Malcolm appears self-reflective in admitting that he would make a poor leader. He states that if all his “vices” were laid bare for the people to see, even Macbeth would look good in comparison. He fears that taking power for himself would reveal an evil nature in him.However, as we will soon learn, Malcolm is playing a strategic head game here – he is essentially saying, “Are you sure you’re really loyal?” and testing whether Macduff is genuinely loyal to a principled leader (and therefore to his own sense of ethics) or whether he’s a spy sent from Macbeth who will agree to anything so as not to blow his cover.
Which quote suggests that Macbeth understands that violence breeds violence? ????it will have blood they say: blood will have blood????Analysis on flash card
Which quote suggests a power shift in the Macbeth relationship (power from lady Macbeth to Macbeth)? ????be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck????Analysis on flashcard
Which quote suggests Macbeth’s killing spree isn’t quite over yet? ????Come, we’ll to sleep. My strange and self abuse is the initiate fear that wants hard use; we are yet but young in deed????Macbeth’s killing spree isn’t quite over yet. By the tone of these lines, it seems as though he is only getting started. He says that experience will make killing easier and that it wouldn’t phase him as much, and that they are “young in deed”, suggesting that their guilt and shock will subside with time.Ominous ending suggesting there’s no return from evil
Which quote suggests Macbeth will perform actions immediately? ????the very first kings of my heart by the first kings of my hand????Analysis on flashcard
Which quote shows Macbeth is sad and reflective? ????out, out brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow , a poor player????Analysis on flashcard
Which quote suggests Macbeth’s morals are returning? ????I’ll fight till from my bones my flesh be hackd. Give me my armour????His bravery and morals are returning however the overconfident tone contrats from this and suggests a troubled state of mind
Which quote suggests Macbeth’s title isn’t meant for him? ????now does he feel his title hang loose about him like a giants robe upon a dwarfish thief????(said by Angus) Shakespeare continues the motif of ‘borrowed robes’ and ‘strange garments’ from Act 1. Here, Angus’ simile imagines Macbeth realising the full consequence of his Regicide as his day of reckoning approaches. The robe belongs properly to the righteous kin of Duncan, fulfilling the foreshadowing of the robe as only ‘borrowed’ and not held.
Which quote suggests Macbeth treats lady Macbeth as equal? ????my dearest partner of greatness????It’s important to note that Macbeth treats Lady Macbeth as an equal in his ascent to greatness. Unlike many rulers of the day, Macbeth sees his wife as a valued ally in whom he can confide and from whom he can seek advice.This relationship is a crucial background to everything that Macbeth does.
Which quote suggests lady Macbeth knows Duncan is doubly dead? ????The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements????Analysis on flashcard
Which quote suggests lady Macbeth is mentally preparing herself for the killing of Duncan? ????Come you spirits 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. Stop up th’access and passage to remorse????Analysis on flashcard
Which quote suggests lady Macbeth is excited about the future? ???? Thy letters have transported me beyondThis ignorant present, and I feel nowThe future in the instant????When Lady Macbeth reads her husband’s letter (bearing news of the witch’s prophesies), her thoughts immediately turn toward the “future” that she imagines for herself and her husband. Her dreams of being the wife of a king are so vivid and so real to her, it’s as though time has completely collapsed, and she feels the “future in the instant.”
Which quote suggests lady Macbeth fears her husbands compassionate nature may blunt his ambitions? ????Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full of the milk of human kindness????Analysis on flashcard
Which quote suggests she is forcing Macbeth to toughen up and get ready for action? ????We Fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail????fix your courage to something sturdy, toughen up and get ready for action.sticking-place “may refer to the mark to which the soldier screwed up the cord of a crossbow” She uses an imperative (screw) and so asserts her authority above her husband
What does Lady m say in response to Macbeth saying who dares do more is none? ????what beast was’t then that made you break this enterprise to me ????”break this enterprise” means raise a topic for discussion (in this case, the murder of the king)Lady Macbeth is questioning what he had been, if he werent a man at the time, that even made him bring up the idea of killing Duncan to become king.Beast is an abstract noun because it shows he can’t control himself so he is presented as a beast.The word enterprise can show a business deal making the matter more important.
Which quote suggests lady m wants Macbeth to hide his ambition? ????look like the innocent flower but be the serpent undert????LMcb tells Mcb to “look like the innocent flower” which she refers to looking harmless. The denotation of innocent is harmless and the image of the flower expresses this as well. When contrasted with being a “serpent” which carries a connotation of evil or cruelty. This line is also an allusion to a medal that King James had made to commemorate the discovery of the gun powder plot. The face of the silver medal depicts a serpent among lilies and roses and reads ‘DETECTVS. QVI. LATVIT. S.C.’ (He, who concealed himself, is detected. By order of the Senate.)A more astute audience member would have recognised the reference and the allusion to the heavy level of suspicion in the country at the time. It mirrors the plotting and deceit that is rife in Macbeth.The “serpent” is also a reference to the Adam and Eve story, in which Eve led Adam astray the same way Lady Macbeth will lead Macbeth astray. This links to the traditional view of women at the time.The “serpent” is also a reference to the Adam and Eve story, in which Eve led Adam astray the same way Lady Macbeth will lead Macbeth astray. This links to the traditional view of women at the time.In the biblical story of Adam and Eve, they fall from God’s grace for going against him, this is an evident link to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as they break the divine right (Kings/queens are chosen by God) and are punished for that.
Which quote suggests lady Macbeth wants to replace her milk with poison? However we could interpret this in a sympathetic way ????come to my woman’s breasts and take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers????Lady Macbeth calls on the evil spirits to replace her breast milk with gall (bile, vitriol). With this gall she intends to bring about death: the exact opposite of what a woman “should” be bringing about.The alliterative “m” sounds give these lines a snarling sound appropriate to their meaning.The “murdering ministers” are the agents of death, the “spirits who tend on mortal thoughts” who will assist her in removing from her the feminine-associated remorse, “compunctious visitings of nature” or any “peace” she might feel or wish to feel. Notice here how she targets milk, that symbol of nurturance, here, and wants it replaced with poison.This passage makes me wonder how long it’s been since Macbeth and Lady M’s son was taken by the “murdering ministers” who “wait on nature’s mischief,” and how old he was. Perhaps Lady M is still literally lactating, suffering the pain of no longer having a child to nourish, and the actual physical pain of having backed up milk.Lady Macbeth wants to replace her milk with “gall” or poison and this shows how she wants to take life not give life. Lady Macbeth defies convention- she is not a stereotypical women of her time- she is shown to be extremely malevolent and un-maternal.
Which quote suggest lady Macbeth would be willing to kill her own baby? ???? I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash’d the brains out????Despite the love she might have for the infant, she would abruptly stop the baby in the middle of breast feeding, and murder it by smashing its head in, if she had promised Macbeth that she would do so.Lady Macbeth says this because Macbeth is getting cold feet about going through with the murder of King Duncan. By demonstrating how cold and ruthless she is, Lady Macbeth comes out looking more like a man than Macbeth, who is weak willed in comparison to his wife’s determinationNotice how this moment is a direct attack upon and a subversion of the classical model of women as nurturing mothers, a la the Virgin Mary.Shakespeare exaggerates the line with the use of the clinical, anatomical ‘nipple’ and ‘brains’ as a way to strip the scene of tenderness. Notice the contrast between this and the tender and maternal ‘milk’ and ‘babe’ and how severe her change in attitude is.
Which quote shows lady m attacking Macbeth’s ego? ????when you durst it, then you were the man????Lady Macbeth is trying to goad Macbeth into agreement of the plot by literally insulting his manliness. Macbeth thought that he wouldn’t be a man if he murdered King Duncan for his own benefit, but Lady Macbeth is saying that in becoming the new King, Macbeth will be even more of a man.The passage is an interesting one since it equates the male gender so explicitly with power. Observing how the play unfolds, we can see it’s Lady Macbeth (very much not of the make gender) who is holding all of the power in the Macbeths’ relationship.the structure would be repetition of ‘more’ as Lady Macbeth tries to manipulate and lure Macbeth to the idea of being ‘more’ the man and a better man if he becomes king (Divine Right of Kings; Context)
Which quote shows lady m is dominant and taking action? The ????give me the daggers????”give me the daggers” is arguably one of the most important lines within Macbeth. It holds so much significance within their relationship and portrays how the power shifts between the couple throughout the whole play.The declarative and imperative verb show Lady Macbeth as emotionless and powerful. Her lack of remorse is striking as it is evident she has placed power over emotion. She arguably manipulated Macbeth into killing Duncan and now she doesn’t even feel empathy for him when he is in such a vulnerable state which was due to her actions.This also is contradictory as she also fears blood ‘out damned spot’
Which quote shows lady m feels guilty about the murder? ????My hands are of your colour but I shame to wear a heart so white ????Both their hands are red, red from the blood. In the play the blood is a symbol of guilt. This emphasises that even though Lady Macbeth did not commit the act of killing, she was still involved and the guilt will haunt her along with Macbeth.White is the color of a flag of surrender, and the color of cowardice (like “lily-livered” in later parlance – implication is that the true color/true characteristic is inside, that your guts or heart aren’t as brave as your battled-stained exterior). She owns that her hands are just as red/guilty as his, but she would be ashamed to have such a pure/cowardly heart to go with them. In addition, “wear” has a sense of allegiance (and the cost of allegiance): members of a household or court or army “wear” the colors of those they serve and follow. So although she is the (in a traditional hierarchical sense) subservient and loyal wife and queen, she is almost mutinously saying she is ashamed to have to wear his color (of cowardice, of preference for innocence/purity, of lack of appetite for revenge and power). She suggests that she’d prefer a red, living, brave, culpable, and by ironic implication honest, guilty heart – and the courage to live with it unashamed
What does lady m say which shows incredible images of guilt? ????Out, damned spot! Out I say!????Earlier in the play, Lady Macbeth possessed a stronger resolve and sense of purpose than her husband and was the driving force behind their plot to kill Duncan. When Macbeth believed his hand was irreversibly bloodstained earlier in the play, Lady Macbeth had told him:A little water clears us of this deed…”Now, however, she too hallucinates blood. Her recall falters: her memory obsessively returns to the murder, but she doesn’t seem to know whether it’s happened yet or not. She is completely undone by guilt and descends into madness.It may be a reflection of her mental and emotional state that she is not speaking in verse; this is one of the few moments in the play when a major character—save for the witches, who speak in four-foot couplets—strays from iambic pentameter. In fact critic A. C. Bradley has said she is “denied the dignity of verse”-uniquely among major Shakespearean characters making their final appearance.Compare “Out, damned spot! out” with Macbeth’s later “Out, out, brief candle!” in Act 5, Scene 5. Guilt can stain a whole life, but life itself is fleeting.
Which quote suggests lady m now wants to conform to societies expectation of woman hood/ regrets her decisions? ????all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand????Wants to sweeten herself She knows god has seen all her sins and she can’t escape his judgment Regicide has led to her external damnation Guilt has attacked her senses like Macbeth’s sight when he hallucinates Arabia is far away from England so lady Macbeth wants to get as far away from the current psychological state that she is in and away from the guilt

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