Macbeth – Key Quotes

‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’ Witches – Not everything is as it seems
Bellona’s Bridegroom Macbeth is seen as a heroic character towards the beginning of the play.
O valiant cousin Macbeth is brave and heroic
All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter Macbeth is prophesied to become King by the witches
Lesser than Macbeth and greater Banquo won’t become king but his children will
All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor. The witches say this so that Macbeth will trust them.
Why do you dress me in borrow’d robes? Metaphor for a title.
If chance will have me king, whip chance may crown me without my stir. Macbeth won’t take action to become king
Useam’d him from the nave to th’ chops and fix’d his head upon our battlements Macbeth is brave and loyal to the king
So fair and foul a day I have not seen Macbeth knows that there is trouble with nature – suggests conflict
The greatest is behind Macbeth speaks to himself that he want’s to become king – disloyal
What can the devil speak true Banquo – Banquo knows that evil forces tell a little bit of truth in order to see the downfall of Macbeth
Doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs Macbeth is afraid of the thought of killing King Duncan.
The prince of Cumberland: that is a step on which I must fall down on King Duncan’s eldest son was declared heir to the throne
Let not light see my black and deep desires Macbeth doesn’t want God to know that he desires to become king and kill King Duncan
I fear thy nature, it is too full o’th’ milk of human kindness. Lady Macbeth fears that Macbeth is not manly enough to kill the king.
Art not without ambition Macbeth is ambitious but not ruthless
Unsex me here Lady Macbeth wants to be strong and manly and to take away the weaknesses of a woman
Take my milk for gall Take away my emotions for murdering acid
Make thick my blood Stop the blood from getting to her heart so she won’t feel remorse.
Pour my spirits in thine ear Lady Macbeth want’s to manipulate Macbeth into killing the King.
Look like th’ innocent flower but be the serpent under’t Appearance VS Reality – Look welcoming by be vicious underneath
We will speak further – The dash represents that Lady Macbeth interrupts Macbeth
Our honour’d hostess Dramatic irony as the audience know that Lady Macbeth is planning to kill the king – reminds the audience that she is evil
We will proceed no further in this business Macbeth lets his morals get the better of him
And live on a coward in thine own esteem Lady Macbeth is manipulating Macbeth into killing the king and her language becomes aggressive.
I have no spur but to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition. Macbeth’s real motive is to be important and powerful
Bring forth men children only This illustrates that Macbeth praises Lady Macbeth by saying that she should only give birth to male children because they are strong- sexist
False face must hide what the false heart doth know Appearance vs reality – Hide with a false yet pleasant face of what you know in your heart.
Is this a dagger which I see before me Macbeth is hallucinating – represents guilt and he will live with the image for the rest of his life.
I have done the deed Macbeth has killed King Duncan
Sleep no more Macbeth feels guilty
My hands are of your colour but I shame to wear a heart so white Lady Macbeth does not feel guilty
‘There’s a dagger in mens smiles’ Appearance Vs Reality – Donaldbain believes that he is under threat.
I fear thou played’t most foully for it. Banquo fears that Macbeth has killed the king to gain power
To be thus is nothing but to be safely thus. A king is not powerful until they are safe.
‘Fruitles crown’ Metaphor to show that Macbeth is not safe as king and his place and he doesn’t yet have the power and luxuries of being a king.
We have scorch’d the snake not killed it This means he still feels that his crown is at risk.This shows where Macbeth is beginning to take control of his own future, instead of letting Lady Macbeth tell him what to do. Here, she wants him to enjoy being king and move on, but Macbeth wants to secure his future by continuing to kill anyone that threatens his rule.Macbeth is almost shown to be paranoid here.
Sleek over your rugged looks, be bright and jovial amongst your guests tonight Appearance Vs Reality

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