MacBeth Quotes/Meanings Matching to Characters

King Duncan “There’s no art to find the mind’s constructions in the face: he was a gentleman on whom i built an absolute trust.” Meaning: talking about the original Thane Of Caudor, judging people, too trusting
MacBeth “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or else o’erleap…for in many way it lies..”Meaning: mad b/c Malcolm is promoted to prince, and he is now in his way of becoming King
Lady Macbeth What thou art promised, Yet do I fear thy nature: it is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.Meaning: thinks her husband is too nice and kind to be capable of killing the King, thinks that she has to take control of the situation
Lady Macbeth “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direct cruelty! make thick my blood…” Meaning: wants the spirits to get rid of her female qualities and fill her w/ cruelty and masculine qualities so she can devise her plan
Lady Macbeth ” Your hand, your tongue: look like th’ innocent flower: but be the serpent under’t…”Meaning: look innocent, but know that you killed someone…one of the themes is present here: Appearance v. Reality…tells McB to leave the rest to her, she is able to do this b/c she now has her masculine qualities,
Lady Macbeth “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold: what hath quenched them hath given me fire…”Meaning: ambiguous, had to drink up to get the edge off and gather up courage
Banquo “I dreamt last night of three weird sisters: to you they have showed some truth.”Meaning: witches told Mcb the truth: that he was the new Thane of Caudor, he doesn’t think too much about it
Lady Macbeth “He could not miss ’em. Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t…”Meaning: rationalizing why she didn’t do it, not as strong as she thinks she is
Macbeth “Wake Duncan with thy knocking? I would thou couldst!”Meaning: regretting what he did
Macbeth “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?..” Meaning: blood will always be on his hands “be with him forever”…can’t ever “wash” them away
Donalbain “Our separated fortune shall keep us both the safer. Where we are there’s daggers in men’s smiles; the near in blood, the nearer bloody…”Meaning: knows who killed the King-has to be someone close to him and someone is hiding something…closer you are to the King, the more likely you’ll get killed next
Lady Macbeth “With them they think on? Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done…”Meaning: they can’t take back what they have done
Macbeth “It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood…”Meaning: he will pay the price for killing Dunc and everyone else…blood references
Macbeth “All causes shall give way, I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wad no more…”Meaning: might as well keep killing people, just as bad to back as it would to go forward
Macbeth ” He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear his hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear: and you all know security is mortals’ chiefest enemy…”Meaning: mcb’s downfall is his overconfidence that he will not get caught
Macduff “He has no children. All my pretty ones? Did you say all?Meaning: two possible answers to who “he” is: could be Mcb b/c he wouldn’t understand the pain he is going through and he can’t get revenge on Mcb because he doesn’t have children, could also be Malcolm b/c he is a teenager and he is too young for marriage and children
Lady Macbeth “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand…”Meaning: she’s sleepwalking, the guilt will never go away
Macbeth “Tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time..”Meaning: he has no purpose in life anymore, his days are dragging on with no hope
Macbeth “But get thee back! My soul is too much charged with blood of thine already…”Meaning: doesn’t want to kill Mcd b/c he already killed his family
Siward “”Had he his hurts before?”Meaning: literal translation… Did young siward die fighting? Yes he did
Malcolm “And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen, henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland in such an honor named…”Meaning: Malc is now giving titles away, ending the play where we began with Dunc giving title away (full circle)

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