Macbeth Acts 2 and 3 Quote Quiz

1. I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters.To you they have showed some truth.2. I think not of them.Yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve,We would spend it in some words upon thatbusiness,If you would grant the time.1. At your kind’st leisure.2. If you shall cleave to my consent, when ’tis,It shall make honor for you.1. So I lose noneIn seeking to augment it, but still keepMy bosom franchised and allegiance clear,I shall be counseled. – Exchange between Banquo (1) and Macbeth (2)- It’s the night of King Duncan’s visit, and Macbeth will be killing Duncan shortly- Banquo is saying he can’t get the witches off his mind, Macbeth replies that he doesn’t really think about them (a lie), but that he would like to speak further with Banquo about the recent developments. He basically asks Banquo to be his allow and to follow his orders when the time comes, and Banquo complies as long as Macbeth doesn’t have him to anything bad.- This is demonstrating Banquo’s good, honest personality, and Macbeth’s wicked personality
Is this a dagger which I see before me,The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutchthee.I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.Art thou not, fatal vision, sensibleTo feeling as to sight? Or art thou butA dagger of the mind, a false creationProceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?I see thee yet, in form as palpableAs this which now I draw.editorial emendationHe draws his dagger.editorial emendationThou marshal’st me the way that I was going,And such an instrument I was to use.Mine eyes are made the fools o’ th’ other sensesOr else worth all the rest. I see thee still,And, on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood,Which was not so before. There’s no such thing.It is the bloody business which informsThus to mine eyes. Now o’er the one-half worldNature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuseThe curtained sleep. Witchcraft celebratesPale Hecate’s off’rings, and withered murder,Alarumed by his sentinel, the wolf,Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,With Tarquin’s ravishing editorial emendationstrides,editorial emendation towards hisdesignMoves like a ghost. Thou editorial emendationsureeditorial emendation and firm-set earth,Hear not my steps, walk, for fearThy very stones prate of my whereaboutsAnd take the present horror from the time,Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives.Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.A bell rings.I go, and it is done. The bell invites me.Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knellThat summons thee to heaven or to hell. – Macbeth to himself- Macbeth just saw the dagger (prior to killing Duncan)- Macbeth thinks that the dagger is urging him to kill Duncan, it conveying that it’s the right time. – If the dagger isn’t actually there, it’s conveying that Macbeth is going crazy
1. That which hath made them drunk hath made mebold.What hath quenched them hath given me fire.Hark!—Peace.It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it.The doors are open, and the surfeited groomsDo mock their charge with snores. I have druggedtheir possets,That death and nature do contend about themWhether they live or die.2. Who’s there? what, ho!1. Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,And ’tis not done. Th’ attempt and not the deedConfounds us. Hark!—I laid their daggers ready;He could not miss ’em. Had he not resembledMy father as he slept, I had done ‘t. – Lady Macbeth (1) and Macbeth (2)- Lady Macbeth is waiting for Macbeth to return from killing Duncan- Lady Macbeth is saying she’s feeling courageous, but she’s actually very jittery. She also claims that she would have killed Duncan herself had he not resembled her father- Her expression of these concerns show that she isn’t as tough/heartless/wicked as she says
1. One cried “God bless us” and “Amen” the other,As they had seen me with these hangman’s hands,List’ning their fear. I could not say “Amen”When they did say “God bless us.”2. Consider it not so deeply.1. But wherefore could not I pronounce “Amen”?I had most need of blessing, and “Amen”Stuck in my throat.2. These deeds must not be thoughtAfter these ways; so, it will make us mad.1. 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.2. What do you mean?1. Still it cried “Sleep no more!” to all the house.”Glamis hath murdered sleep, and thereforeCawdorShall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more.” – Macbeth (1) and Lady Macbeth (2)- Macbeth just returned from killing Duncan, Macbeth is kind of freaking out- When the gaurds finished their prayer and said “Amen”, Macbeth said he wanted to say amen too so he could also be blessed but he couldn’t say it and he doesn’t know why. He also feels he “shall sleep no more” because he feels guilty and thinks he killed the innocence of sleep, so he won’t be able to sleep again
1. What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes.Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this bloodClean from my hand? No, this my hand will ratherThe multitudinous seas incarnadine,Making the green one red.2. My hands are of your color, but I shameTo wear a heart so white.Knock.I hear a knockingAt the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.A little water clears us of this deed.How easy is it, then! Your constancyHath left you unattended.Knock.Hark, more knocking.Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call usAnd show us to be watchers. Be not lostSo poorly in your thoughts. – Macbeth (1) and Lady Macbeth (2)- Macbeth just returned from murdering Duncan, he’s freaking out and Lady Macbeth is trying to calm him down. Lady Macbeth just returned from planting the blood and knife on the guards- The blood on Macbeth’s hands symbolize Macbeth’s guilt — he feels so guilty that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to wash the guilt away. Lady Macbeth responds by saying that she shares the responsibility for Duncan’s murder (blood on her hands too) and says she wishes she was more responsible (ironic because she could have killed him but didn’t)- Showing Macbeth’s guilt and Lady Macbeth’s fake wickedness
1. O, yet I do repent me of my fury,That I did kill them.2. Wherefore did you so?1. Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate, and furious,Loyal, and neutral, in a moment? No man.Th’ expedition of my violent loveOutrun the pauser, reason. Here lay Duncan,His silver skin laced with his golden blood,And his gashed stabs looked like a breach in natureFor ruin’s wasteful entrance; there the murderers,Steeped in the colors of their trade, their daggersUnmannerly breeched with gore. Who could refrainThat had a heart to love, and in that heartCourage to make ‘s love known?3. Help me hence, ho! – Macbeth (1) Macduff (2) and Lady Macbeth (3)- It’s the morning after the murder of Duncan and now the guards, and everyone just found out what happened. (He had just killed the guards that morning)- Macbeth claims that he killed the guards because he was so angry that they killed Duncan. Everyone wants to know why the guards did it, but now they’ll never know because they’re all dead. Macbeth’s real motivation was to get rid of the witnesses and make it seem like he was strongly stricken with grief. Macbeth just keeps talking, claiming to have killed the guards out of love for Duncan. To diffuse the situation, Lady Macbeth “faints'”- Macbeth is digging himself into a deeper hole, Lady Macbeth comes in to try and help him
1. What will you do? Let’s not consort with them.To show an unfelt sorrow is an officeWhich the false man does easy. I’ll to England.2. To Ireland I. Our separated fortuneShall keep us both the safer. Where we are,There’s daggers in men’s smiles. The near in blood,The nearer bloody.1. This murderous shaft that’s shotHath not yet lighted, and our safest wayIs to avoid the aim. Therefore to horse,And let us not be dainty of leave-takingBut shift away. There’s warrant in that theftWhich steals itself when there’s no mercy left. – Malcolm (1) and Donalbain (2)- It’s the day after Duncan’s murder, and Macbeth just admitted to killing the guards.- Malcolm and Donalbain are both concerned after their father’s death because they know that they’ll be next on the killer’s list (so they’re consorting with each other). They plan to avoid consorting with anyone and they’ll each part ways (Malcolm to England and Donalbain to Ireland) to make them harder to catch. They also plan to not trust anyone — not even those close to them because the people that are closest to them will have the most motivation.- This is important because their decision to leave raises more suspicions about who murdered Duncan
1. Threescore and ten I can remember well,Within the volume of which time I have seenHours dreadful and things strange, but this sorenightHath trifled former knowings.2. Ha, good father,Thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man’s act,Threatens his bloody stage. By th’ clock ’tis day,And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp.Is ‘t night’s predominance or the day’s shameThat darkness does the face of earth entombWhen living light should kiss it?1. ‘Tis unnatural,Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday lastA falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place,Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.2. And Duncan’s horses (a thing most strange andcertain),Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,Turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,Contending ‘gainst obedience, as they wouldMake war with mankind.1. ‘Tis said they eat eachother.2. They did so, to th’ amazement of mine eyesThat looked upon ‘t. – Old Man (1) and Ross (2)- Malcolm and Donalbain had just decided to leave, and now the Old Man and Ross are discussing everything that’s been going on- The Old Man and Ross are discussing the recent “unnatural: occurences: It’s very dark outside even though it’s daytime, a falcon was attacked by an owl, and horses broke down their stalls, went crazy and ate each other. The offered explanation for this is that the entire world is reacting to the death of Duncan.- This is showing how many people have been negatively impacted by Duncan’s death
1. Is ‘t known who did this more than bloody deed?2. Those that Macbeth hath slain.1. Alas the day,What good could they pretend?2. They were suborned.Malcolm and Donalbain, the King’s two sons,Are stol’n away and fled, which puts upon themSuspicion of the deed.1. ‘Gainst nature still!Thriftless ambition, that will ravin upThine own lives’ means. Then ’tis most likeThe sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.2. He is already named and gone to SconeTo be invested.1. Where is Duncan’s body?2. Carried to Colmekill,The sacred storehouse of his predecessorsAnd guardian of their bones.1. Will you to Scone?2. No, cousin, I’ll to Fife. – Ross (1) and Macduff (2)- Day after Duncan’s murder, everyone is discussing Duncan’s death — who did it, everything that’s been going on, etc- Now that Duncan is dead, everyone suspects that the guards were hired to kill Duncan, and now that his sons have run away they look very suspicious. Also, the new king is going to be crowned at Scone, and Macduff decides to go home instead, potentially because he’s feeling down and wants a break (or potentially suspicious/jealous/etc)- Beginning of all of the suspicion as to who the murder is.
Thou hast it now—king, Cawdor, Glamis, allAs the Weïrd Women promised, and I fearThou played’st most foully for ‘t. Yet it was saidIt should not stand in thy posterity,But that myself should be the root and fatherOf many kings. If there come truth from them(As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine)Why, by the verities on thee made good,May they not be my oracles as well,And set me up in hope? But hush, no more. – Banquo to Macbeth- Macbeth is now King of Scotland- Banquo is conveying his suspicions of foul play in Duncan’s death, and Macbeth’s acquisition of the throne. – Knowing Banquo’s character, he’s not likely to investigate because he wouldn’t want to be a part of it
1. Ride you this afternoon?2. Ay, my good lord.1. We should have else desired your good advice(Which still hath been both grave and prosperous)In this day’s council, but we’ll take tomorrow.Is ‘t far you ride?2. As far, my lord, as will fill up the time’Twixt this and supper. Go not my horse the better,I must become a borrower of the nightFor a dark hour or twain.1. Fail not our feast.2. My lord, I will not.1. We hear our bloody cousins are bestowedIn England and in Ireland, not confessingTheir cruel parricide, filling their hearersWith strange invention. But of that tomorrow,When therewithal we shall have cause of stateCraving us jointly. Hie you to horse. Adieu,Till you return at night. Goes Fleance with you?2. Ay, my good lord. Our time does call upon ‘s.1. I wish your horses swift and sure of foot,And so I do commend you to their backs.Farewell.Banquo exits.Let every man be master of his timeTill seven at night. To make societyThe sweeter welcome, we will keep ourselfTill suppertime alone. While then, God be with you. – Macbeth (1) and Banquo (2)- Macbeth just became King of Scotland, and Banquo had just expressed his suspicions of Macbeth. – Macbeth finds out that Banquo plans on going out and riding until nighttime. Macbeth also insists that Banquo reminds him multiple times to be back before their dinner celebration.- This is Macbeth trying to get the information he needs to know to kill Banquo
Our fears in BanquoStick deep, and in his royalty of natureReigns that which would be feared. ‘Tis much hedares,And to that dauntless temper of his mindHe hath a wisdom that doth guide his valorTo act in safety. There is none but heWhose being I do fear; and under himMy genius is rebuked, as it is saidMark Antony’s was by Caesar. He chid the sistersWhen first they put the name of king upon meAnd bade them speak to him. Then, prophet-like,They hailed him father to a line of kings.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. If ‘t be so,For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind;For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered,Put rancors in the vessel of my peaceOnly for them, and mine eternal jewelGiven to the common enemy of manTo make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings.Rather than so, come fate into the list,And champion me to th’ utterance. – Macbeth to himself- Macbeth just became king, Banquo expressed his suspicions and he just talked to Banquo about his riding trip thing- Macbeth is saying that Banquo is smart, noble, and an overall good guy but he doesn’t want Banquo to come after him. Macbeth is also troubled about the prophecy of Banquo’s descendants taking over the crown.- This is solidifying Macbeth’s decision to kill Banquo
1. Well then, nowHave you considered of my speeches? KnowThat it was he, in the times past, which held youSo under fortune, which you thought had beenOur innocent self. This I made good to youIn our last conference, passed in probation with youHow you were borne in hand, how crossed, theinstruments,Who wrought with them, and all things else thatmightTo half a soul and to a notion crazedSay “Thus did Banquo.”2. You made it known to us.1. I did so, and went further, which is nowOur point of second meeting. Do you findYour patience so predominant in your natureThat you can let this go? Are you so gospeledTo pray for this good man and for his issue,Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the graveAnd beggared yours forever? – Macbeth (1) and Murderer (2)- Macbeth has now become king, and has decided to kill Banquo, so he’s meeting with murderers- Macbeth is trying to convince the murderers to kill Banquo, telling them that Banquo is their enemy — he’s the one screwing them over, etc. – Macbeth is trying to give them personal motivation for killing Banquo
1. Both of youKnow Banquo was your enemy.2. True, my lord.3. So is he mine, and in such bloody distanceThat every minute of his being thrustsAgainst my near’st of life. And though I couldWith barefaced power sweep him from my sightAnd bid my will avouch it, yet I must not,For certain friends that are both his and mine,Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fallWho I myself struck down. And thence it isThat I to your assistance do make love,Masking the business from the common eyeFor sundry weighty reasons. – Macbeth (1) and Murderer (2)- Macbeth has now become king, and has decided to kill Banquo, so he’s meeting with murderers- Macbeth’s excuse for having these murderers do his dirty work was because he doesn’t want to look bad to the friends he has in common with Banquo, and he doesn’t want to lose their trust- Macbeth is making excuses, he’s either scared to kill him, doesn’t have the heart to kill him, or both
Naught’s had, all’s spent,Where our desire is got without content.’Tis safer to be that which we destroyThan by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. – Lady Macbeth to herself- Macbeth has just become king, Macbeth is currently plotting to kill Banquo, and this is the first time we’re hearing from Lady Macbeth after Macbeth has become king- Lady Macbeth is feeling very uneasy, saying she’d prefer to be dead than to live in uneasy happiness (what’s the point if you can’t enjoy it) –> She’s more affected by Duncan’s death than she lets on- Proving that Lady Macbeth isn’t as tough as she makes herself seem
How now, my lord, why do you keep alone,Of sorriest fancies your companions making,Using those thoughts which should indeed have diedWith them they think on? Things without all remedyShould be without regard. What’s done is done. -Lady Macbeth to Macbeth- Macbeth has just become king, Lady Macbeth just expressed her unease- Lady Macbeth is trying to put on a happy face in front of Macbeth after expressing worry, and is trying to tell Macbeth not to worry about it anymore because what’s done is done
We have scorched the snake, not killed it.She’ll close and be herself whilst our poor maliceRemains in danger of her former tooth.But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worldssuffer,Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleepIn the affliction of these terrible dreamsThat shake us nightly. Better be with the dead,Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,Than on the torture of the mind to lieIn restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave.After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.Treason has done his worst; nor steel nor poison,Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothingCan touch him further. – Macbeth to Lady Macbeth- Macbeth has just become king, Lady Macbeth just expressed her unease and now they’re having a conversation about their guilt, etc- Macbeth is saying that they’re eventually going to have to pay the consequences for the murder, it’s not over when it’s over, it’s not going to simply go away. He’s also realizing that Duncan has the better part of the deal, since he’s been released from responsibility, etc- This is showing a relationship shift — now Macbeth is the one making the plans and hiding things, and he actually anticipated these consequences where Lady Macbeth hadn’t
1. What’s to be done?2. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,Till thou applaud the deed – Lady Macbeth (1) and Macbeth (2)- It’s the night of the banquet and they’re discussing everything that’s going on, Macbeth is sending murderers to kill Banquo before the banquet, etc- Macbeth is telling Lady Macbeth to not worry about his plan — plausible deniability – This is showing the shift in the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth — Macbeth is now the one with secrets, making plans, etc and keeping Lady Macbeth out of the loop
Thanks for that.There the grown serpent lies. The worm that’s fledHath nature that in time will venom breed, – Macbeth to himself in an aside- The banquet has just begun, the murderers told him they killed Banquo but Fleance escaped- Macbeth feeling slightly relieved, and is saying that Banquo is the “grown serpant” because he passed the biggest threat, while Fleance is simply a “worm” because he’ll be dangerous later, but at the moment he’s not a threat-
Section w/Banquo’s ghost (around 136-138) – Macbeth, Banquo’s ghost, Lady Macbeth and other noblemen are pleasant- At the Banquet- Banquo’s ghost appears, startling Macbeth- If the ghost is there Macbeth isn’t crazy, if it isn’t he is going crazy- This little fit in front of his guests might make people suspicious of Macbeth after they find out Banquo died
1. How say’st thou that Macduff denies his personAt our great bidding?2. Did you send to him, sir?1. I hear it by the way; but I will send.There’s not a one of them but in his houseI keep a servant fee’d. – Macbeth (1) and Lady Macbeth (2)- Everyone has just been dismissed from the banquet because Macbeth was freaking out about Banquo’s ghost- Macbeth is wondering why Macbeth wasn’t at the banquet. He also mentions that he keeps a paid spy at every noblemen’s house- Keeping a spy in every house shows that Macbeth feels the need to keep tabs on all of the noblemen, for fear of them saying bad things about him or overthrowing him (cautious>paranoid)
I will tomorrow(And betimes I will) to the Weïrd Sisters.More shall they speak, for now I am bent to knowBy the worst means the worst. For mine own good,All causes shall give way. I am in bloodStepped in so far that, should I wade no more,Returning were as tedious as go o’er.Strange things I have in head that will to hand,Which must be acted ere they may be scanned. – Macbeth- Everyone has just been dismissed from the banquet and he had just realized that Macduff didn’t attend the banquet- Macbeth decides to gl see the witches to find out more. He also decides that from this point on he’ll do whatever he has to, since he’s already in too deep at this point
Come, we’ll to sleep. My strange and self-abuseIs the initiate fear that wants hard use.We are yet but young in deed. – Macbeth to Lady Macbeth- Everyone left after the banquet, Banquo was murdered, and Macbeth decides he’s going to see the witches- Macbeth’s excuse for his erratic behavior is that he doesn’t have a lot of experience, but it will get easier with time.- Macbeth is in so far at this point he has no problem killing people, etc

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