Macbeth Scene Quote Study Guide

…But ’tis strange.And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,The instruments of darkness tell us truths,Win us with honest trifles, to betray ‘sIn deepest consequence. — BanquoShortly after the witches make their first predictions. Macbeth has just been appointed Thane of Cawdor. Banquo is telling Macbeth to be careful because the witches always twist the truth in order for bad things to happen in their favor. Act 1: Scene 3: Lines 134-138
[Aside] The Prince of Cumberland! That is a stepOn which I must fall down or else o’erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;Let not light see my black and deep desires. Macbeth (TO HIMSELF)After the execution of the old Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth is with Banquo, Malcolm, and Duncan who says that he will crown his son Malcolm Prince of Cumberland. Macbeth first shows his desire to be king in this scene. Act 1: Scene 4: Lines 55-58
…Yet I do fear thy nature;It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way. … Lady Macbeth (ALONE)After reading Macbeth’s letter to her (in Macbeth’s home), Lady Macbeth starts to consider how Macbeth will gain power. She states how he is too innocent and pure and kindhearted to ever do something so cruel, and she begins to come up with a plan before she calls upon the spirits. Act 1: Scene 5: Lines 16-18
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will ratherThe multitudinous seas incarnadine,Making the green one red. Macbeth After Macbeth kills Duncan he is washing his hands alone while saying these lines. Macbeth is saying he can not wash the guilt and blood from him. If he were to dip his hands in the ocean it would turn the whole ocean red. Act 2: Scene 2: Lines: 78-81
Had I but died an hour before this chance,I had lived a blessed time; for from this instantThere’s nothing serious in mortality.All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead.The wine of life is drawn, and the mere leesIs left this vault to brag of Macbeth Once everyone has discovered that Duncan is dead, Macbeth says these lines to Donalblain, Macduff, Lennox, and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is attempting to hide his emotions by acting mournful towards Duncan. He says how if he were to die before this moment, then he would have lived a perfect life. Act 2: Scene 3: Lines 107-112
Upon my head they placed a fruitless crownAnd put a barren scepter in my grip,Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,No son of mine succeeding… Macbeth (ASIDE)Once he is crowned king, Macbeth says this to himself. The “fruitless crown” he is talking about represents how his family will not be royalty for long. Since the witches predicted that Banquo’s sons would be king, this is where Macbeth first thinks about how he is going to solve that problem. Act 3: Scene 1: Lines 66-69
Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scornThe power of man, for none of woman bornShall harm Macbeth. Second ApparitionThe second apparition says this to Macbeth in front of the witches. The bloody child is telling Macbeth not to be afraid of anyone because he is invisible. No one born from a woman could harm him. Act 4: Scene 1: Lines 90-92
But yet I’ll make assurance double sureAnd take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live,That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,And sleep in spite of thunder Macbeth After the second apparition (the bloody child) said that Macbeth could not be killed by anyone born of a woman, Macbeth decides that he will still kill Macduff just to be sure.Act 4: Scene 1: Lines 94-97
Out, damned spot, out, I say! One. Two.Why then, ’tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky. Fie, mylord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fearwho knows it, when none can call our power toaccount? Yet who would have thought the old manto have had so much blood in him? Lady Macbeth This scene happens while Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking. She is unaware but the doctor and gentlewoman are there watching her. She is walking throughout the room with a candle and she is washing her hands without soap or water, even though there is nothing there. Act 5: Scene 1: Lines 37-42
…Come, you spiritsThat tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,And fill me from the crown to the toe top-fullOf direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Lady Macbeth After Lady Macbeth reads the letter from Macbeth she begins to come up with a plan to ensure he is king. While she is alone in the castle, she calls upon the evil spirits to make her cruel so she can help her husband. Act 1: Scene 5: Lines 47-50

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