Macbeth Quotes- Themes

POWER OF AMBITION- The dilemma with ambition is that once they decide to use violence to get to attain the throne, it’s hard to stop “I am in blood stepp’d in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er”.
POWER OF AMBITION- Macbeth says “________”, admitting that he has no reason to kill Duncan but simply wants the power and title to himself. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on the other”
POWER OF AMBITION- Following his first meeting with the witches in which he discovers he has the ability to become king he says … “my thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man”.
POWER OF AMBITION- He is aware of the evil that is to come. He describes his ambition as… “Black and deep desires”
NATURE OF EVIL- Macbeth Macbeth’s atrophy into noble abyss is the result of the nature of evil. Evil is positioned both within and without of Macbeth. Despite the guilt Macbeth feels, he continues to commit superfluous crimes.
NATURE OF EVIL- Implies that an evil seed was planted in his mind and himself and his wife continue to feed it so it grows. “O, full of scorpians is my mind, dear wife!”-
NATURE OF EVIL- After not being able to kill Macduff, he settles for killing his wife, his children and… “All unfortunate souls that trace him in his line”
NATURE OF EVIL- Lady Macbeth’s maliciousness is displayed when she calls upon to witches to “______” . Talking to the witches mirrors her as the “fourth witch” as it represents her as an unnatural creature. “tend on mortal thoughts, unsex [her] here”
NATURE OF EVIL- Lady Macbeth is haunted by her heinous mindset as she believes that …. when in actual fact ….. “a little water will clear [them] of this deed””what’s done cannot be undone”.
MASCULINITY AND CRUELTY Whenever there is a conversation about manhood, violence doesn’t take long to proceed it.
MASCULINITY AND CRUELTY- In order to seduce Macbeth into her villainous plans, Lady Macbeth questions his manhood. She also wishes to be “unsexed” so she can murder Duncan herself. “When you durst do it, then you were a man”
MASCULINITY AND CRUELTY- Macbeth mirrors his wife’s behaviour when he asks the men he hires to murder Banquo if… “not I’ th’ worst rank of manhood”
MASCULINITY AND CRUELTY- Macduff is encouraged by Malcolm to…… with the revenge on Macbeth following the murder of his family. “dispute it like a man”
MASCULINITY AND CRUELTY- Lady Macbeth shows that women can be just as ambitious and cruel as men and relies on deception and manipulation rather than violence to achieve this. “That which hath made them drunk, hath made me bold.”

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