Macbeth Quotes

“He’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself.” 2 roles – 2 reasons to trust1.) Macbeth is kinsman2.) Subject to Duncan both good reasons to not kill Duncan.As his host I should be protecting him.
“Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more. By Sinel’s death I know I am Thane of Glamis. But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives…” Speaking: MacbethSpeaking to: WitchesQuestioning their predictionsHow can he be Thane of Cawdor is he’s still alive?
“Bring forth men-children only. For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but males.” Speaking: MacbethSpeaking to: Lady MacbethHave sons only- your fearless character “courage”
“Sons, kinsmen, thanes, And you whose places are the nearest, know We will establish our estate upon Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter The Prince of Cumberland” Speaking: DuncanSpeaking to: Small group that includes Macbeth and BanquoAfter battle, telling the man that Malcolm is next in line to be king- but named at the timePrince of Cumberland*Malcolm is Duncan’s eldest son
“To beguile the time, Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower, But be the serpent under t'” Speaking: Lady MacbethSpeaking to: MacbethAppear innocent to hide your true intentions
“The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down or else o’erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” Speaking: MacbethSpeaking to: himselfI need to get past this stumbling block (Malcolm is in line to be King) in order to get the crownStars put out your light to hide my true intentions
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair, Hover through the fog and filthy air” Speaking: WitchesSpeaking to: each otherChanting before meeting Macbeth/ Banquo
“Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty.” Speaking: Lady MacbethSpeaking to: Self(soliloquy)Take away my femininity to fill me with cruelty.
“No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest. Go, pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth.” Speaking: DucanSpeaking to: RossThane of Cawdor is a traitor- will no longer double-cross usExecute Thane of Cawdor- give Macbeth his title
“Give me your hand. Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly And shall continue our graces towards him. By your leave, hostess.” Speaking: DuncanSpeaking to: Lady MacbethBring me to my host (Macbeth). We love him very much & will continue being kind to him/ honoring him. After you, hostess.
“We will proceed no further in the business. He hath honored me of late, and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon.” We will not carry out our plan. Duncan has recently honored me, and lots of people think highly of me. I want to enjoy all the glory and not give it up so soon.
“Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way.” Speaking: Lady MacbethSpeaking to: herself (after reading Macbeth’s letter)You’re already Thane of Glamis, and now Cawdor too, and will be what you’ve been promised (king). But i’m worried you are too kind-hearted to do what’s needed to get there.