Macbeth character quotes

Quote where the captain compares Banquo and Macbeth to animals-the quote shows that they are not afraid of the timid Norwegians, who themselves are likened to “sparrows” or a “hare”. Symbolically the lion appears on the royal coat of arms of the Kings of Scotland-their fighting was out of loyalty to their country “as sparrows, eagles, or the hare, the lion”
Quote to show Macbeth is uncomfortable has is mind conjures up the possibility of killing the king-he is “Horrid image” “doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs”
Quote to show Macbeth’s Nihilistic attitude and self doubt-he is not yet numb to the consequences of his actions in his soliloquy-later in the play he doesn’t stop to think or consult lady Macbeth as he plans to murder Banquo-shift of character conveys his decent into madness–in this quote Macbeth also uses a euphemism “We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here; that we but teachBloody instructions, which, being taught, returnTo plague the inventor”
Quote for the final line of Act 1-Macbeth has finally been convinced by Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan. He is almost repeating what Lady Macbeth said about the serpent and the flower-this also shows the role reversal between them as the start of the act Lady Macbeth’s first words are actually the words of Macbeth as she reads his letter “false face must hide what the false heart doth know”
Quote that show Macbeth is in a constant state of paranoia- Macbeth is a great warrior but it ill equipped for the psychic consequences of crime “Hear not my steps which way they walk, for fear thy very stones prate of my whereabout”
Quote where Macbeth now realises that he has no allegiance to God anymore after he had killed Duncan. His inability to say ‘Amen’ shows that he is eternally damned and controlled by unnatural thoughts of regicide. Once he has accepted his damnation, he becomes a master of tyranny. “I had most need of blessing and ‘Amen’ stuck in my throat”
Quote where Macbeth suggests sleep replenishes the body and without sleep this day will not end and night won’t become day-this also symbolises the growing darkness in Macbeth’s mind that threatens to consume him, it also implies that the deeds of this day will stay fresh in his mind and haunt him relentlessly-links with Lady Macbeth before she commits suicide she says “One, two. Why then ’tis time to do’t.”, “one, two” are he bells that rang after Duncan’s death, it is as if she is reliving the murder “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.
Quote where Macbeth’s constant state of anxiety is further explored-he still doesn’t feel secure as king he fears other such as Banquo are plotting to kill him or will take his throne-the metaphor of Mark Anthony and Caesar to show how Macbeth is Caesar and feel threatened by Banquo who is Mark in this analogy; Mark was a close adviser of the King and murdered him still, this analogy also has direct parallels with Macbeth’s disloyalty to Duncan who also held Macbeth in high esteem. This shows how regardless of character, distrust and loyalty are regular themes throughout the play and so is the struggle for power “We have scorched the snake, not kill’d it” “our fears in Banqo” “as it was said Mark Antony’s was by Caesar”
Quote where Macbeth is preparing to have Banquo murdered and appeals to darkness once more to give him the concealment necessary to do the deed with out being caught. He finds solace and comfort in the dark, this symbolises his crossing over into complete insanity as the heavenly light of day cannot reach him and cannot purify him-darkness almost acts as a familiar friend ready to replace Banquo and help Macbeth execute his malevolent deeds. “Come, seeling night Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day”
Here, he also uses personification – Neptune is the ancient god of the sea; his hands are literally covered in blood, but blood also metaphorically represents guilt; hyperbole is used as all “great Neptune’s ocean” to convey the extent of Macbeth’s guilt-also very vivid imagery “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” “No: this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine”
Quote where Macbeth repeat both symbols, blood and water-it is a powerful image. Macbeth become so accustomed to killing that it would be easier for him to surrender himself to the darkness until he can’t go back to the way he used to be. He is literally and metaphorically steeped in blood, he cannot return to his former self. Each step he has taken symbolise each crime he has committed. “I am in blood Stepp’d so far that should i wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er”
Quote in Macbeth’s last soliloquy that reminds the reader that life is fragile like the tiny fragments of dust. The strong and plosive “d” sounds represents the certainty of death-further enforces his nihilistic attitude that death is inescapable. Dust can also be easily disturbed, this foils how Macbeth was very quickly swayed by lady Macbeth and he he very quickly driven down a path into insanity. “the way to a dusty death”
Quote that joins Lady Macbeth and Macbeth together one last time by creating a verbal bond as Macbeth echos Lady Macbeth. The candle is a metaphor for life and a candle ca be easily diminished or blown out-this also reminds us that life is fragile. Furthermore the image of blowing out a candle softens Macbeth’s tone so it sounds almost like a whisper, this implies he is grieving inwardly. Furthermore, the commas break up Macbeth’s sentence reminding the reader that in this fleeting moment of bereavement we are still looking at a broken man rather than the tyrant-this is the last etch of humanity he has left. In addition the image of a candle going out implies that Lady Macbeth was consumed by the darkness of her thoughts and foreshadows Macbeth’s own demise “out, out, brief candle”
Quote where Macbeth where Macbeth foreshadows he will soon be making his final decisions, “yesterdays” symbolises the choices we have made throughout our lives”, furthermore “all” is a superlative and further enforces the idea that this is also the end for Macbeth. Give another quote that juxtaposes the idea that this is the end as his suffering is constant-links with how he no longer has an allegiance to God and will not be going to heaven-he is bound to Hecate. “and all our yesterdays” “tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”

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