Macbeth Quotes

Sets the tone of the play, calls for the reverse of the concepts of good and evil Fair is foul and foul is fair; hover through the fog and filthy air
Describes Macbeth using glorious terms and gives us the character of Macbeth at the beginning of the play For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name
Macbeth is respected and well-liked, direct contrast with how people regard him at the end of the play O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen!
Macbeth is brave, loyal and respected and trusting Macbeth is Duncan’s big mistake Go pronounce his present death and with his former title greet Macbeth
Irony because Duncan will be betrayed much more successfully by this new Thane of Cawdor What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won
Echoes the witches and is indicative of his dormant people So foul and fair a day I have not seen
This starts Macbeth on his downward spiral and feeds into his secret ambitions All hail Macbeth! That shall be King hereafter
Seals Banquo’s fate and shows Macbeth’s reign will be short-livied Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none
Macbeth is initially loyal and does not trust the witches To be king stands not within the prospect of belief
Macbeth is shocked that the prophecy is true, use of clothing imagery The Thane of Cawdor lives; why do you dress me in borrowed robes?
Macbeth is not yet determined to kill Duncan If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me
Highlights the theme of treachery and foreshadows Macbeth’s dignified death Nothing in this life became him like the leaving it
Duncan lacks good judgement, ironic as Macbeth enters immediately afterward and perpetuates the theme of A vs R There’s no art to find the minds construction in the face
The first signs of treachery and his plans are beginning to form The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or else o’er-leap
Clearly and definitively states that he wants to kill Duncan Stars, hide your fires! Let light not see my black and deep desires
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a very affectionate and loving relationship and he regards Lady Macbeth as his equal My dearest partner in greatness
Presents a different view of Macbeth from violent and bloody man we have seen thus far and it indicates Lady Macbeth’s heartlessness Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’ th’milk of human kindness
Shows Lady Macbeth’s brutal ambition and that she intends to push Macbeth until he murders Duncan That I may poor thy spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round
A formal request to evil spirits and desire to take on the characteristics of a man Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty
Lady Macbeth encourages the theme of appearance vs reality Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t
Lady Macbeth is determined to carry this murder off, one way or another Leave all the rest to me
Duncan is complementary and trusting. Lady Macbeth will dishonour her duty as a hostess with her behaviour Fair and noble hostess we are your guests tonight
Macbeth wants the matter over with and he is still not entirely committed to the murder He’s here in double trust: first as I am his kinsman and his subject
The only reason Macbeth can give for murdering Duncan Vaulting ambition
Duncan has supposedly made up his mind and does not want to murder Duncan We will proceed no further in this business
Lady Macbeth believes that if Macbeth really loved her he would do this for her From this time such I account thy love
Lady Macbeth is cruel, evil and unnatural Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out had I so sworn as you have done to this
Lady Macbeth insults Macbeths manhood to make him do what she wants When you durst do it then you were a man
Macbeth is no longer concerned with doing the deed but with being caught If we should fail?
Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the murder of Duncan We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail
Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to conceal his falseness False face must hide what the false heart doth know
Macbeth is not the only one preoccupied by the prophecies of the weird sisters… I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters, to you they have shown some truth
Macbeth lies to Banquo to conceal his guilty conscience I think not of them
Macbeth is in a highly emotional state and wracked with guilt so he is hallucinating Is this a dagger which I see before me?
Macbeth has reached the point of no return and this builds tension and evokes death imagery I go and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell
Lady Macbeth is hypocritical and this foreshadows the weakness that will drive her mad Had he not resembled my father as he slept I had done’t
Macbeth cannot bring himself to mention the death or the murder and he seeks to detach himself from his actions I have done the deed
Macbeth feels guilt and remorse, a tragic hero This is a sorry sight
Lady Macbeth is the dominant partner and she is cold and ruthless Consider it not so deeply
Macbeth is in a highly emotional state of mind and this can be read as divine punishment for his actions Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep!
Macbeth is in a trance like state and is upset and cannot face the horror of the murder I’ll go no more: I am afraid to think what I have done
Lady Macbeth is practical and has immense self-control The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures
Blood is a symbol of the guilt Macbeth feels for murdering Duncan Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand
Dramatic irony as Lady Macbeth will be unable to erase her guilt later A little water clears us of this deed
Macbeth shows complete regret and wishes he could undo the deed Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!
Macduff is truly loyal to Duncan, this shows how Macbeth should have behaved O horror! Horror! Horror! Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee
Irony because Lady Macbeth orchestrated the murder and Macbeth will later murder Macduff’s wife O gentle lady! ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak
Lady Macbeth slips up, reveals her uncaring nature What, in our house?
Bnaquo is genuinely repulsed by the death of Duncan and is shocked by it Too cruel anywhere
Is Macbeth putting on a false face or does he feel genuine regret? Had I but died an hour before this chance I had lived in a blessed time
Theme of appearance vs reality, the sons of Duncan see through Macbeth’s false grief To show an unfelt sorrow is an office which the false man does easy
Malcolm and Donalbain are much less trusting than their father and will not repeat his mistakes There’s daggers in mens smiles
The beginning of the anti-Macbeth faction No, cousin, I’ll to Fife
Clothing imagery, Macduff has doubts from the start about Macbeth’s abilities as a king Lest our old robes sit easier than our new!
Banquo is suspicious of Macbeth’s actions but he resists temptation while Macbeth succumbs to it Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised; and I fear thou play’dst most foully for’t
Macbeth is suspicious of Banquo, he feels insecure in his position as king and there is an aura of uneasiness about him To be thus is nothing but to be safely thus, our fears in Banquo stick deep
Macbeth fears for his succession, his motives for remorse are the wrong ones They hailed him father to a line of kings. Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren sceptre in my grip
A cynical dismissal of Banquo’s life, Macbeth now murders without hesitation and he no longer needs convincing from Lady Macbeth Banquo, thy soul’s flight, if it find heaven, must find it out tonight
The achievement of the title of Queen has not brought Lady Macbeth happiness or peace Nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desires is got without content
Lady Macbeth’s chief anxiety is that Macbeth not give them away What’s done is done
They have achieved nothing by killing Duncan We have scorched the snake not killed it
Macbeth has no peace and is envious of Duncan in his death Duncan is in his grave; after life’s fitful fever he sleeps well
Lady Macbeth is worried that Macbeth will betray his misery Be bright and jovial among your guests tonight
Theme of appearance vs reality, they intend to put on false faces for the banquet And make our faces vizards to our hearts, disguising what they are
Crime is bolstered by more crime, this marks the end of the tragic hero’s good nature Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill
Hints at Macbeths inevitable downfall, Banquo’s only thoughts are for hi son O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou mayst revenge
Macbeth is badly shaken and his guilt is making him hallucinate, he begins to expose his guilt Thou canst not say I did it: never shake thy gory locks at me
Macbeth is frightened and ashamed at the sight of Banquo’s ghost Avaunt and quit my sight, let the earth hide thee
Lady Macbeth is desperate, the banquet breaks up in utter confusion and disorder At once, good night: stand not upon the order of your going but go at once
Blood imagery, these deaths will have to lead to more deaths It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood
Macduff is a threat to Macbeth’s security Macduff denies his personage at our great bidding?
Macbeth shows his commitment to the dark side, it must have been the cookies…he is now actively seeking out evil I will to the weird sisters: more shall they speak
There is no more turning back and no more redemption for Macbeth anymore I am in blood stepped so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er
The Macbeth’s are tormented by their guilt and cannot sleep You lack the season of all nature’s, sleep
Macbeth has become a tyrant and the forces of good are gathering against the forces of evil A swift blessing may soon return to this our suffering country under a had accursed
Macbeth is impolite to the witches and demands their obedience How now, you secret, black and midnight hags!
Macbeth’s downfall will come at the hands of Macduff Beware Macduff; beware the Thane of Fife
This warning leads Macbeth to believe that he his invincible None of woman born shall harm Macbeth
Macbeth’s reign is so unnatural that nature itself shall come against him Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnham wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him
Macbeth is overly confident and underestimates Macduff Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee
Macbeth is a cruel, ruthless tyrant who has no qualms about slaughtering innocent women and children Give to the edge of the sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in their line
Macduff’s wife feels that he has behaved in a cowardly manner by abandoning them The poor wren, the most diminutive of birds, will fight – her young ones in her nest – against the owl
Macbeth is tyrannical and in his paranoia accuses people of treason who are innocent Cruel are the times, when we are traitors and do not know ourselves
Lady Macduff echoes the witches and the death of this innocent turns us against Macbeth I am in this earthly world, where to do harm is often laudable, to do good sometime accounted desperate folly
The general opinion of Macbeth has changed, he is now despised by his subjects This tyrant, whose soul name blisters our tongues, was once thought honest
Macbeth is destroying Scotland and must be deposed I think our country sinks beneath the yoke, it weeps, it bleeds and each new day a gash is added to her wounds
Macbeth is hated by his subjects Not in the legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils
Duncan was a great king and Macbeth is evil for killing him Thy royal father was a most sainted king
Macbeth kills for no reason, he is utterly ruthless Wife, children, servants, all that could be found
Macduff is shocked, even he did not expect this level of depravity from Macbeth What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop?
Malcolm encourages Macduff to channel his anger into destroying Macbeth and taking his revenge Dispute it like a man
Lady Macbeth’s crime was one of darkness and now she fears it because she cannot face what she has done She has light by her continually, ’tis her command
The blood is on Lady Macbeth’s mind, not her hand, she can never wash it off Out, damned spot! Out, I say!
Lady Macbeth’s echoes her husbands fears that she will never be clean again All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand
Lady Macbeth is beyond mortal help More needs she the divine than the physician
Macbeth’s men fear him but do not respect him Those he commands move only in command, nothing in love
King Edward is a healer of his people while Macbeth is the disease that’s killing Scotland Meet we the medicine of the sickly weal
Macbeth is confidant in the truth of the witches prophecy What’s the boy Malcolm? Was he not born of woman?
Macbeth arouses our sympathy, shows the isolation of the tyrant That which should accompany old age, as honour, love obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have
We see the return of the fierce soldier, Macbeth will die with dignity I’ll fight, til from my bones my flesh be hacked. Give me my armour.
Nature itself is rising up against the unnatural Macbeth Let every soldier hew him down a bough and bear’t before him
There is nothing left that can shock Macbeth and he is beyond redemption I have supped full with horrors
Lack of emotion over his wife’s death, shows the deterioration of their marriage She should have died hereafter
Macbeths is in the depths of despair and depression and feels apathetic towards life Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more
Macduff is haunted by the murder of his family and wants personal vengeance against Macbeth Tyrant, show thy face! If thou beest slain and with no stroke of mine, my wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still
Macbeth has some conscience and feels guilty for the suffering he has caused Macduff My soul is too much charged with blood of thine already
Macbeth realises the witches are evil and have deceived him That palter with us in a double sense
Everyone is delighted to be rid of Macbeth Behold where stands the usurper’s cursed head. The time is free
Perception of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, contrast with the start of the play Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen

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