Macbeth Act 2 & 3 Quotes

#10. “Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown And put a barren scepter in my gripe,Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,No son of min succeeding. If ‘t be so, For Banquo’s issue have I filed in my mind;Put rancors in the vessel of my peaceOnly for them, and mine eternal jewelGiven to the common enemy of man,to make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings!Rather than so, come, fate, into the list,And champion me to th’ utterance!” speaker: Macbethsituation: I have become king; however, no one in my family will inherit the throne. Because I have no children to succeed me, the crown will be taken from my family upon my death. I have done everything for these people to no avail.
#9. “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus.” speaker: Macbethsituation: soliloquy, after he becomes kingnotes: To be king means nothing but to be at peace would really be something
#8. “Fail not our feast.” speaker: Macbethsituation: right after Macbeth becomes Kingnotes: means be sure to come to dinnerIrony A) Macbeth really doesn’t want Banquo to come to dinner, he wants to kill him.Irony B) Banquo comes to dinner as a ghost
#7. “Thou hast it now. King, Cawdor, Glamis, all as the weird woman promised & I fear thou play’dst most foully for it.” speaker: Banquosituation:notes: the witches prophecies come trueremember weird means supernatural
#6. “Where we are there’s daggers in men’s smiles, the near in blood, the nearer bloody.” speaker: Donalbein (King’s son)situation: right after Duncan’s deathnotes: daggers=dangeryou think people are your friends & they’ll betray you and kill youso the brothers decide to leave
#11.”Nought’s had, all’s spent,Where our desire is got without content. Tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.” speaker: Lady Macbethsituation: right after she becomes queennotes: nothing is gained, but you’ve given everything when you get what you want but are not at peaceIt would be better to be Duncan (dead) than by his murder live in insecure happiness.
#5. “Had I but died an hour before this chance, I had lived a blessed time, for from this instant there’s nothing serious in mortality. All is but toys, Renown & grace is dead. The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees is left this vault to brag of.” speaker: Macbeth (speaking to the nobles)situation: after Duncan’s murder has been discoverednotes: he’s saying from now on, nothings matters and nothing is seriousthis speech is ironiche’s saying who cares about anything if you’re damned to hell forever-the nobles think he’s just upset about Duncan’s death, but he’s talking about his goodness too.
#12.”We have scotched the snake, not killed it: she’ll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth.” speaker: Macbeth to Lady Macbethsituation: after he becomes kingnotes: to scotch something=to cut itwe’ve cut our enemies (the snake) but we haven’t killed them. Our evil will be in danger of being destroyed.
#13. “Come, seeling night, scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day, and with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces that great bond which keeps me pale! Light thickens and the crow makes wing to th’ rooky wood. Good things of day begin to droop and drowse, whiles night’s black agents to their preys do rouse. Thou marvel’st at my words; but hold thee still: things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.” speaker: Macbeth to Lady Macbethsituation: after becoming kingnotes: during training, they’d sew crow’s eye lids together so they couldn’t see when they were hunting. So he’s describing the darkness of the outside by saying the eyes were sewed. scarf up the pitiful day= the sun. I want it to be completely dark. Thy=the night. I want the evil of night to come and destroy Banquo’s lease on life which bothers me (keeps me pale) It’s starting to get dark but he’s saying Light thickens. People feel like black birds are bad luck (crows) so Macbeth is saying the crows will go after the victims. Thou (Lady Macbeth) you marvel at my words, but remain quiet because things that start out evil, become strong by more evil.”
#4.”A little water clears us of this deed, How easy it was then!” speaker: Lady Macbethsituation: After she returns the daggersnotes: she’s saying “just wash your hands!!!” (wash the blood off and it’ll be fine.)idea= Lady Macbeth acts stronger than she really is
#3.”Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No this my hand will rather the multiduinous seas incardine. Making the green one red.” speaker: Macbethsituation: after Duncan’s murdernotes: Macbeth brought the daggers back so Lady Macbeth is like you idiot!! give them to me, and takes them away from him^^^^this dialogue is right before Lady Macbeth realizes he still has the daggershe’s saying: will all the water of the world wash my hands? no, instead my hands will turn all the water in the world into blood.
#2. “Methought I heard a voice cry “sleep no more!” Macbeth does murder sleep-the innocent sleep. Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care. The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath. Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,Chief nourisher in life’s feast. still it cried “sleep no more!” to all the house. “Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more.” speaker: Macbeth to Lady Macbethsituation: right after the murdernotes: he thought he heard someone say he will never sleep again and that he killed sleep. sleep is compared to someone who’s not guilty of anything. sleep repairs the tangled threads of your sleave as if your sleave unraveled throughout the day. Sleep is compared to death of all we lived through that day and its also the comfort of a long days work. Sleep heals our troubled thoughts. In the meal of life is the most important course and it feeds us. Macbeth was already Glamis, is has destroyed him. What he already was has destroyed his sleep; he can’t relax.”
#1. “Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done ‘t.” speaker: Lady Macbeth (soliloquy)situation: while Macbeth is killing Duncannotes: it shows us that she does not have some feelings and she may not be as strong as she appeared in the beginning b/c she appeared so toughparaphrase: if he didn’t resemble my father, I would have killed him.
#14. “It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood.” speaker: Macbeth to Lady Macbethsituation: after the banquetnotes: when you murder, you have to continue to murderat first Macbeth just wants to murder Duncan and become king now he has murdered a few & it’s not that easy.
#15.”I am in blood stepped so far that, should I wade no more. Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” speaker: Macbeth to Lady Macbethsituation: after the banquetnotes: i’m in the middle of a river of blood, if i stop and go back, it’s just as bloody as if i continued murdering