Macbeth- THEME, QUOTE, Analysis

Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth’s power/drive for ambission, madness, Lady Macbeth to herself in Act 1 Scene 5″…. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty….”Meaning:Shows Lady Macbeth’s willingness to do anything for the throne. Shows the audience who wears the pants in the relationship.
Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth to himself in Act 1 Scene 7″If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well It were done quickly….”Shows Macbeth’s sense of humanity, his ableness to make sane decisions. It shows that Lady Macbeth doesn’t yet have a hold over him.
Scene 2 Act 2. Macbeth to himself (and Lady Macbeth) in Scene 2 Act 2.”….What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes….”Guilt of killing Duncan is really starting to show through and the image of blood represents this powerful emotion. He feels there is so much blood on his hands he could turn the sea red.
Act 5 Scene 1. Lady Macbeth to herself in Act 5 Scene 1.WHO AND WHEN – “Out, damned spot; out, I say….”Later on, becomes deranged and tries to wash the blood of her hands
Act 5 Scene 5. Macbeth to himself in WHO AND WHEN – “She should have died hereafter….”Macbeth wishes Lady Macbeth had died later on so that he could mourn for her – but for now he can’t. Without his wife beside him, he feels that life signifies “nothing”. It is also almost a justification of his actions – for if life signifies nothing then surely his actions do too.
Act I Scene I The witches to themselves in Act I Scene I”Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”On the most basic level it means looks can be deceiving. It is an extended essay that can largely be seen in Macbeth himself. He appears fairly normal and “good” on the outside, but on the inside he is the complete opposite.
Act 2 Scene 2 Imaginary voice to Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2.”Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep!”Macbeth has committed a crime to horrible that he feels he will never sleep again for the guilt of his actions will forever keep him awake.
Act 2 Scene 2 Lady Macbeth to Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2.”A little water clears us of this deed.”This shows that the murdering of Duncan has not impacted Lady Macbeth very greatly. She feels that to eliminate all guilt, all she has to do is wash her hands with water – seemingly to rid her body of the king’s blood. It is a sort of an “out of sight, out of mind” situation for her.
Act I, Scene V “Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.” Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth to appear innocent in front of the public but be as vicious as a serpent underneath. The metaphor of flower connotes-happy-harmlessMetaphor of serpent-deadly–>biblical name for satan-sly–>snakes are associated with someone who is decietful, the same way a snake slithers
(Act I, Scene VII) Lady Macbeth’s power/ambission, madness”Screw your courage to the sticking-place.” Shows her power, and influence over macbeth. This reverses gender roles in 1600 and
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?
I will not be afraid of death and bane till birnam forest comes to dunsinaneShows how macbeth relies on the prophecies too much, however he is still paranoid and kills macduff’s family
Themes:Lady Macbeth’s ambitionLady MAcbeth to MacbethI fear thy nature, it is too full o’th’milk of human kindness
Quotes for Macbeth Guilt”Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep!”Lack of courage”Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.” “I fear thy nature, it is too full o’th’milk of human kindness”Ruthlessness”your wife and babes savagely slaughtered”
Quotes for Lady Macbeth “Screw your courage to the sticking-place
Quotes for witches
your wife and babes savagely slaughteredRoss to MacduffShows macbeth’s ruthlessness-word savage shows how macbeth’s quest for power had gotten rid of his concience and made him ruthless and barbaric–>led to his downfall

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