Macbeth – Quotes – Act 2

‘A dagger of the mind, a false creation…?’ Scene 1 – Macbeth to himself – when he sees the vision of the dagger, and wonders whether it is real
‘I heard the owl scream, and the crickets cry’ Scene 2 – Lady M – reactions of the animals, which foreshadows Macbeth’s downfall
‘Amen’/ Stuck in my throat’ Scene 2 – Macbeth – He reveals his regret about the crime he has just comitted, religious connotations about his inability to speak
’tis the eye of childhood/ That fears a painted Devil’ Scene 2 – Lady M – reprimands her husband over his fear and regret over killing Duncan
‘this my hand will rather/ The multitudinous seas incarnadine, / Making the green one red’ Scene 2 – Macbeth – shows remorse, realises he can never be free from the guilt of his crime
‘A little water clears us of this deed’ Scene 2 – Lady M to Macbeth – tries to convince him and reassure him that they can wash away the guilt along with the blood
‘..who committed enough treason enough for God’s sake, yet could not equivocate to Heaven’ Scene 3 – Porter – while guessing who is at the door, he speaks of a man who recognises that one must be punished for a sin, foreshadows Macbeth’s downfall
‘Most sacrilegious murther hath broke ope/ The Lord’s anointed temple, and stole thence/ The life o’th’building’ Scene 3 – Macduff – Macbeth destroyed and desecrated the body of an anointed or blessed king – demonstrates role of religion and the fact that Macbeth has committed a sacrilegious act

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