Macbeth Quotes – Act 2

I go, and it is done: the bell invites meHear it not, Duncan, for its a knellThat summons thee to heaven, or to hell MacbethMB is going to kill DuncanThe bell rings to symbolize deathMB hopes Duncan does’t find out before he gets there because the bell will be ringing for Duncan
Methought I hear a voice cry ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep,’ the innocent sleep,Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care,The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,Balm of hurt minds, great natures second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast. Macbeth (to L MB)Sleep cures all physical and mental illnesses, but MB and Lady can’t sleep so they can’t be curedMB won’t have peaceful nights because of his guiltDuncan’s sleep was disturbed when he was killedDuncan’s sons will not have restful slumber because their father is murdered in their sleep
You do unbend your noble strength, to thinkSo brainsickly of things. Go get some water,And wash this filthy witness from your hand. Lady Macbeth (to MB)Lady says MB has a mental illness from his guiltWashing away the witness: washing away the guiltHe needs to literally wash his hands so the guards will be accused Biblical Allusion: Mathew 27:24
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this bloodClean from my hand? no this hand; will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadineMaking the green ones red MacbethMB believes that instead of washing the red blood off of his hands, it will turn the seas a different color to symbolize his guiltMB is getting weaker because of his guiltBlood represents remorse and guilt
Confusion now hath made his masterpiece!Most sacrilegious murder hath broke opeThe Lord’s anointed Temple, and stole thenceThe life o’th’ building. Macduff (to MB and Lennox)Allusion to Christian ReligionMetaphor: temple stands for DuncanDuncan was God’s appointed king, therefore killing him is like killing the king
Here lay DuncanHis silver skin laced with his golden blood,…there the murderers,…who could refrain, That had a heart to love, and in that heartCourage to make’s love know? MacbethEssential to murder cover-upMB honors Duncan – glorifies him and how his position of king was taken from himRelates to blood being the source of life and make up of a personGolden blood = Great powerExcuse for MB”s killing of the guards, he was too overcome from killing Duncan, he was irrational
This murderous shaft that’s shotHath not yet lighted, and our safest wayIs to avoid the aim. Therefore to horse,And let us not be dainty of leave-takingBut shift away: there’s warrant in that theftWhich steals itself when there’s no mercy left. Malcom (to Danalbain)Malcom and Donalabain are not safe folllowing Duncan’s murderIf someone killed the king, they are likely the next targetsMalcom goes to EnglandDonalbain goes to Ireland
Ha, good father,Thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man’s act,Threaten’s his bloody stage; by the-clock tis’ day,And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp:Is’t night predominance, or the day’s shame, That darkness does the face of earth entomb,When living light should kiss it? Ross (to old man)Darkness of Duncan’s murder overshadows the sunLeads to description of unnatural actSymbolism: darkness = MB’s true nature, light = evidenceGood times are being overshadowed by evilWhen will evil pass and gracious good prevail?

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