Macbeth Key Quotes – Themes

Ambition Macbeth: “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires” A1S4
Supernatural Witches “Something wicked this way comes,” A4S1
Kingship Malcolm : the king-becoming graces, As justice, verity, temperance, stableness, Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude, A4S3
Ambition Macbeth:I have no spur To prick the sides only Vaulting ambition, which oerleaps itself And falls on the other A1S7
Ambition Macbeth: Why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, And make my seated heart knock at my ribs, Against the use of nature? A1S3
Supernatural Witches “Double double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” A4S1
Kingship Macbeth “If chance shall have me king, then chance shall crown me” A1S3
Supernatural Macbeth: ‘heart throbs to know one more thing […] shall Banquo’s issue ever reign in this kingdom.’ A4S1
Supernatural “Macbeth: Bring me no more reports. Let them fly all. Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane I cannot taint with fear. A5S3
Ambition Banquo :Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as teh weird woman promised, and i fear thou play’dst most foully for it A3S1
Kingship Macbeth: Besides, this Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet-tongues against the deep damnation of his taking-off A1S7
Gender Macbeth : “Prithee, peace: / I dare do all that may become a man; / Who dares do more is none” A1S7
Kingship Malcolm : Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful, Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin (Qualities of a bad king) A4S3
Supernatural Old Man : ‘Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last, A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed. A2S4
Good and Evil “Macduff ; ‘All my pretty ones, did you say all?’ Ross: ‘Savagely slaughtered […] Wife, children, servants, all that could be found’ A4S3
Kingship Malcolm : were I king, I should cut off the nobles for their lands, Desire his jewels and this other’s house: And my more-having would be as a sauce To make me hunger more A4S3
Gender Lady Macbeth: “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here” A1S5
Gender Lady Macbeth: “When you durst do it, then you were a man” A1S7
Fate Captain ; “And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling Showed like a rebel’s *****” A1S2
Good and Evil Macbeth ; “List’ning their fear I could not say “Amen’ “A2S2
Fate Witches “Thou shalt get king, though thou be none” A1S3
Gender Lady Macbeth : Yet i do fear my nature is too full o’th’milk of human kindness A1S5
Kingship Old Man ‘Tis said they eat each other (horses on the night of Duncans murder) A2S4
Good and Evil Sergeant: “Unseam’d him from the nave to the chaps” A1S2
Fate Captain ; “For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name) Disdaining Fortune” A1S2
Kingship Lord : “Holy King” A3S6
Good and Evil Witches :”Fair is foul and foul is fair” A1S1
Fate Macbeth “If chance shall have me king, then chance shall crown me” A1S3
Gender Lady Macbeth “Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my like for gall” A1S5
Fate Macbeth ; “come fate into the list, And champion me to th’ utterance!” A3S1

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