Macbeth quotes 2

“Beware MacDuff! Beware the thane of Fife!” First Apparition (Armed Head) to Macbeth. Macbeth is warned to be aware of MacDuff. It implies that MacDuff is dangerous and may be the one who will try and kill MacBeth.
“Laugh to scorn the power of man,for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.” Second Apparition (Bloody Child) to MacbethMacbeth’s fears subside and he feels safe from his fear of being harmed.The quote explains how no one can harm him who was born from a woman.Laugh at the powerful angry men who come across his path,they can’t hurt him.
“Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him.” Third Apparition (Child Crowned) to MacBethHe is told that he will never be defeated until Birnam Wood fights him at Dunsinane Hill in the future.
“The castle of MacDuff I will surprise,seize upon Fife give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babies, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line.” MacBeth to LennoxMacBeth explains to Lennox that he is going to raid the castle and slain MacDuff’s wife, children and anyone else who stands in his way that is related to MacDuff in any way.
“You may deserve of him through me, and wisdom to offer up a weak, poor innocent lamb t’ appease an angry god.” Malcom to MacDuffMacDuff is determined to defend his homeland.Malcom knows that he is young and inexperienced and is concerned that Macduff will use that inexperience to betray Malcom.He uses the lamb as an example of a sacrifice and compares himself to the sacrificial lamb, which would be offered to MacBeth so MacDuff can save himself.
“I am not treacherous.” MacDuff to MalcomMacDuff defends himself to Malcom.He lets him know that he would not be unfaithful or disloyal. Malcom is testing his loyalty.
Black Macbeth will seem as pure as snow,and the poor state esteem him as a lamb,being compared with my confines harms.” Malcom to MacDuffMacduff compares himself to Malcom.He advises Macduff that although Malcom is evil, he knows his own faults are worse.Ironically he is suggesting that Malcom is the better choice for Scotland.He suggests that that will see him as a lamb, and lambs are gentle.
Your wife’s your daughters,your matrons,your maids, could not fill up the cistern of my lust.” Malcom to MacduffMacDuff describes his uncontrollable lust for women which would affect his leadership as King.
Thy royal father was a most sainted king.The queen that bore thee oftener upon her knees than other feet died everyday she lived.” MacDuff to MalcomMacDuff compares Malcom to his father Duncan, who he describes as a sainted King.He describes his mother as a religious woman often upon her knees suggest that she prayed everyday that she lived.This is ironic because the fact that his parents were so saintly how did this not pass on to him.
“Were I King, I should cut off the Nobles for their lands,desire his jewels,and this others house.” Malcom to MacDuffMalcom portrays himself as a greedy theif, as he describes what he would do if he was King such as stealing the nobles land, jewels and houses.
“Fit to Govern, Not to live.” MacDuff to MalcomMacDuff basically tells Malcom he is not fit to be King,nor is he fit to live in this world.That’s an extremely strong statement to make about someones character.He is stating that Malcom’s life is not worthy enough live it.
Let’s make us medicines of our great revenge to cure this deadly gnef.” Malcom to MacDuffMalcolm suggest for MacDuff to take comfort in the fact that they will take revenge on MacBeth.Its ironic that Malcom shows a sympathetic side when he has just been told by MacDuff that he was not fir to be King or live.
Let grief convert to anger.Blunt not the heart;engage it.” Malcom to MacDuffMalcolm counsels MacDuff on how to handle his feelings.He tells him to take his grief and change that feeling to anger.He wants him to engage his feelings of anger and pursue them.
“Sinful MacDuff,they were all struck for thee! Naught that I am, not for their own demerits, but for mine, fell slaughter on their souls.Heaven rest them now.” MacDuff to MalcomMacDuff talks about himself to Malcom.He blames himself for the death of his wife and children.He doesn’t understand how God could have let this happen.He admits that they were killed because of him, and not because of anything they did(example: he says their own demerits)He prays that they may rest in heaven now.
“Our power is ready,our lack is nothing but our leave.Macbeth is ripe for shaking.” Malcom to MacDuffMalcolm advises MacDuff that the army is ready to start their attack on MacBeth.Ripe for the shaking suggests that perhaps MacBeth is unaware that this will be happening sooner than later.

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