Macbeth Quotes Act 4

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes” (4.1.44-45) (Three witches) After the potion is complete the witches are expecting the arrival of Macbeth.
“Beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife” (4.1.81-82) (First apparition to Macbeth)The first apparition confirms Macbeth’s suspicions of Macduff, and makes him want to kill Macduff.
“Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the pow’r of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (4.1.90-92) (Second apparition to Macbeth) The apparition allays the fears Macbeth has because according to the apparition, no man born of woman can harm Macbeth. Macbeth should laugh at the power of man. Macbeth cannot be defeated by a human.
“Macbeth shall never be vanquished until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him” (4.1.105-107) (Third apparition to Macbeth) The only way Macbeth can be defeated is if Birnam Wood travels to Dunsinane which is 12 miles. This bolsters Macbeth’s confidence because it seems impossible for the woods to move.
“From this moment the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand” (4.1.166-168) (Macbeth) He says this in response to hearing that Macduff had fled to England and is angered in his desire to kill Macduff. He is angry at himself for waiting to kill him when he had doubts. He vows that he will act immediately on his impulses instead of thinking.
“Then the liars and swearers are fools, for there are liars and swearers enough to beat the honest men and hang up them” (4.2.61-63) (Son to Lady Macduff)Then the liars are fools, for there are enough liars in the world to beat up the honest men and hang them.
“Every one that does so is a traitor and must be hanged” (4.2.56) (Lady Macduff to Son) All traitors should be executed.
“But I remember now/ I am in this earthly world, where to do harm/ Is often laudable, to do good sometime/ Accounted dangerous folly” (4.2.81-84) (Lady Macduff to self) But I have to remember that I’m here on Earth, where doing evil is often praised, and doing good is sometimes a stupid and dangerous mistake.
“I am young; but something you may discern of through me, and wisdom to offer up a weak, poor innocent lamb t’ appease angry god” (4.3.16-20) (Malcolm to Macduff) Malcolm shows his skeptical nature. He thinks that Macduff may betray Malcolm in order to receive a reward from Macbeth.
“Perchance even there where I did find my doubts. Why in that rawness left you wife and child… without leave-taking” (4.3.31-35) (Malcolm to Macduff) Malcolm is especially suspicious of Macduff because he left his wife and children unprotected at home when he fled to England.
“… black Macbeth will seem as pure as snow, and the poor state esteem as a lamb, being compared with my confineless harms” (4.3.63-66) (Malcolm to Macduff) Malcolm tells Macduff a series of fictitious vices that Malcolm says make Macbeth seem pure as snow, in comparison to Malcolm.
“But I have none. The king-becoming graces, as justice, verity, temp’rance, stableness, bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, devotion, patience, courage, fortitude, I have no relish of them, but abound in the division of each several crime, acting it many ways” (4.3.107-113) (Malcolm to Macduff) Malcolm claims that he lacks all of the virtues appropriate to being a king. He states that his crimes are abundant and varied.
“… this noble passion child of integrity, hath from my soul wiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughts to thy good truth and honor” (4.3.133-136) (Malcolm to Macduff) Convinced that Macduff would support the right king, Malcolm tells Macduff that the vices were untrue and tells Macduff that he is truthful and honorable.
“Front to front bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself. Within my sword’s length set him” (4.3.273-275) (Macduff to Malcolm) After being told by Malcolm to convert his grief to anger, he shows his desire to get revenge on Macbeth. He wants no delay to keep him from face to face combat with Macbeth.

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