Macbeth Quotes – Macbeth

“He unseam’d him from the nave to the chops” Act 1 Scene 2 (Sergeant about Macbeth)
“So foul and fair a day I have not seen” Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth (repetition of the witches)
“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings” Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth (proves his more innocent frame of mind at the start of the play. He is scared of the prophesy)
“Let not light see my black and deep desires” Act 1 Scene 4 Macbeth (Macbeth is planning to murder Duncan. Creates a juxtaposition with Duncan’s prior reference to the stars.)
“Pry’thee, peace!” Act 1 Scene 5 Macbeth (Macbeth is seen as weaker than his wife. Female transgression.)
“The Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth (Macbeth is reluctant to take on the role of Thane of Cawdor – at the start he is not on a rampage, in pursuit of greater titles and power.)
“Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more! // Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep.” Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth (He can’t sleep, potentially due to the crimes that he has committed.)
“I have no spur th’prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on th’other.” Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth (Refers to his ambition, and how it is taking control of his behaviour.)
“I go, and it is done: the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven, or to hell.” Act 2 Scene 1 (Macbeth warns the soul of Duncan. He shows no certainty that the pure and good Duncan will go to heaven.)
“Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate and furious, loyal and neutral, in a moment?” Macbeth (Questioning who can prove a good ruler.)
“Will all great Neptune’s Ocean wash this blood // Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather // The multitudinous seas incarnadine, // making the green one red.” Act 2 Scene 2, Macbeth (He feels so guilty of such an abominable crime, that he doubts even the most drastic action will ever clear him.)
“His silver skin laced with his golden blood; // … their daggers. Act 2 Scene 3 Macbeth (Description of Duncan is almost angelic)
“The times have been, // That, when the brains were out, the man would die.” Act 3, Scene 4 Macbeth (Macbeth questions why Banquo has returned as a ghost, when he knows that he was dead.)
“It will be blood; they say, blood will have blood.” Act 3 Scene 4 Macbeth (Macbeth’s solution to violence and sin is further violence and sin.)
“Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, and put a barren scepter in my gripe.” Act 3 Scene 1 Macbeth (Macbeth cannot value his Kingship because of the means in which he gained his position)
“I am in blood // Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, // Returning were as tedious as go o’er.”” Act 3 Scene 4 Macbeth (Macbeth sees no point in stopping his violent, criminal streak as he has gone so far)
“That which should accompany old age, // I must not look to have; but, in their stead, // Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath,// Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.” Act 5 Scene 3 Macbeth (Macbeth acknowledges that he will never be forgiven for his crimes, and must accept that he will never feel true happiness)
“She should have died hereafter.” Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth (Referring to the death of Lady Macbeth)
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,// Creeps in this petty pace from day to day // To the last syllable of recorded time.” Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth (Famous tomorrow etc)
“Out, out, brief candle! // Life’s but a walking shadow … Signifying nothing.” Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth (Macbeth talks about the meaningless of life)
“I have almost forgot the taste of fears.” Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth (After his many crimes, Macbeth no longer remembers what it is like to feel fear.)

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