Simpson-Macbeth-Quotations

ALL: Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. 1.1, Three Witches- First appearance at the start of the playALLFair is foul, and foul is fair. Let’s fly away through the fog and filthy air.- Reveals their evil nature, They think good is horrible and bad is great
MACBETH: So foul and fair a day I have not seen. 1.3, Macbeth to Banquo- First meeting with witchesMACBETH(to BANQUO) I have never seen a day that was so good and bad at the same time- Connects to what the witches said earlier about how good is bad and bad is good
BANQUO: How far is ‘t call’d to Forres? What are these, So wither’d and so wild in their attire, That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ the earth, 44And yet are on’t? Live you? or are you aught [anything] That man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy finger laying Upon her skinny lips: you should be women, 48And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. 1.3, Banquo to Three Witches- Banquo describing the witches’ appearanceBANQUOHow far is it supposed to be to Forres? (he sees the WITCHES) What are these creatures? They’re so withered-looking and crazily dressed. They don’t look like they belong on this planet, but I see them standing here on Earth. (to the WITCHES) Are you alive? Can you answer questions? You seem to understand me, because each of you has put a gruesome finger to her skinny lips. You look like women, but your beards keep me from believing that you really are.- Factual evidence from the play concerning appearance of the three witches
FIRST WITCH: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! 1.3, First Witch to Mabeth- Hailing Macbeth during first meetingFIRST WITCHAll hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Glamis!- Hailing Macbeth, something he knows to be true, Makes him trust what they are saying
SECOND WITCH: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! 1.3, Second Witch to MacbethSECOND WITCHAll hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Cawdor!- Something the audience knows to be true, When the news is presented to Macbeth he believe what the witches say next
THIRD WITCH: All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter. 1.3, Third Witch to MacbethTHIRD WITCHAll hail, Macbeth, the future king!- Subtly puts the idea of becoming king through murder of Duncan into the mind of Macbeth
THIRD WITCH: Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none: So, all hail, Macbeth and Banquo! 1.3, Third Witch to BanquoTHIRD WITCHYour descendants will be kings, even though you will not be one. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!- Tells Banquo that his sons will be kings which worries Macbeth later in the play
MACBETH: Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more: By Sinel’s [Sinel: Macbeth’s father] death I know I am Thane of Glamis; But how of Cawdor? the Thane of Cawdor lives, 76A prosperous gentleman; and to be king Stands not within the prospect of belief No more than to be Cawdor. Say, from whence You owe this strange intelligence? or why 80Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting? Speak, I charge you. [Witches vanish. 1.3, Macbeth to Three WitchesMACBETHWait! You only told me part of what I want to know. Stay and tell me more. I already know I am the thane of Glamis because I inherited the position when my father, Sinel, died. But how can you call me the thane of Cawdor? The thane of Cawdor is alive, and he’s a rich and powerful man. And for me to be the king is completely impossible, just as it’s impossible for me to be thane of Cawdor. Tell me where you learned these strange things, and why you stop us at this desolate place with this prophetic greeting? Speak, I command you.- Macbeth questions the truth of what the witches have told him, though when he finds out he is thane of cawdor he will trust them
ALL: Double, double toil and trouble; 12Fire burn and cauldron bubble. 4.1, Three WitchesALLDouble, double toil and trouble,Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.- A famous line from the witches, signifies their creepy nature, witches we know today based on these witches
MACBETH: How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags! 52What is ‘t you do? 4.1, Macbeth to Three WitchesMACBETHWhat’s going on here, you secret, evil, midnight hags? What are you doing?- Macbeth sees the witches as evil, deceitful, gross beings.
FIRST APPARITION: Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife [Macduff]. Dismiss me. Enough. [Descends 4.1, First Apparition to MacbethFIRST APPARITIONMacbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff. Beware the thane of Fife. Let me go. Enough.- The warning which proves to be a very important part of the play
SECOND APPARITION: Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn 92The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth. [Descends. 4.1, Second Apparition to MacbethSECOND APPARITIONBe violent, bold, and firm. Laugh at the power of other men, because nobody born from a woman will ever harm Macbeth.- Gives Macbeth sense of comfort, makes him feel safe, deceitful, leads to major twist
MACBETH: Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee? But yet I’ll make assurance double sure, 96And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live; That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies, And sleep in spite of thunder. Thunder. Third Apparition, a Child crowned, with a tree in his hand. 100What is this, That rises like the issue of a king, And wears upon his baby brow the round And top of sovereignty? 104 4.1, Macbeth to Second ApparitionMACBETHThen I don’t need to kill Macduff. I have no reason to fear him. But even so, I’ll make doubly sure. I’ll guarantee my own fate by having you killed, Macduff. That way I can conquer my own fear and sleep easy at night.- Shows how quick Macbeth is to murder now, proves how much he has changed since the murder of Duncan
THIRD APPARITION: Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care[lion-mettled: Courageous as a lion] Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until 108Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hillShall come against him. [Descends. [Macbeth shall . . . him: Macbeth shall never be conquered until the trees of Birnam Wood march against him, which appears to be an impossibility.] 4.1, Third Apparition to MacbethTHIRD APPARITIONBe brave like the lion and proud. Don’t even worry about who hates you, who resents you, and who conspires against you. Macbeth will never be defeated until Birnam Wood marches to fight you at Dunsinane Hill.- Telling Macbeth he can never be defeated in a deceitful way which Shakespeare will later use as a clever twist
MACBETH: That will never be: Who can impress the forest, bid the tree 112Unfix his earth-bound root? Sweet bodements! [Sweet prophecies!] good! Rebellion’s head, rise never till the wood Of Birnam rise, and our high-plac’d Macbeth Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath 116To time and mortal custom. Yet my heart Throbs to know one thing: tell me—if your art Can tell so much,—shall Banquo’s issue ever Reign in this kingdom? 120 4.1, Macbeth to Three WitchesMACBETHThat will never happen. Who can command the forest and make the trees pull their roots out of the earth? These were sweet omens! Good! My murders will never come back to threaten me until the forest of Birnam gets up and moves, and I will be king for my entire natural life. But my heart is still throbbing to know one thing. Tell me, if your dark powers can see this far: will Banquo’s sons ever reign in this kingdom?- Reveals that even when confirmed that he will never be defeated, Macbeth is worried about something as small as Banquos sons be kings after his death
ALL: Show his eyes, and grieve his heart; 128Come like shadows, so depart. A show of Eight Kings; the last with a glass [mirror] in his hand: Banquo’s Ghost following. 4.1, Three WitchesALLShow him and make him grieve. Come like shadows and depart in the same way!A show of eight kings, the last with a glass in his hand, followed by BANQUOEight kings march across the stage, the last one with a mirror in his hand, followed by the GHOST OF BANQUO.- witches reveal that Banquos sons will infact be kings- Mirror for King James 1 as he is a descendant of Banquo

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