Macbeth quotes: Ambition + Masculinity

“Most disloyal traitor/ the Thane of Cawdor” “…And set forth a deep repentance” “No more shall the Thane of Cawdor deceive” Loyalty to the King is very important and betraying the King is seen as a sin against God
“So clear in his great offices” “he hath honored me of late” “heavens cherubin” People are loyal to Duncan both because he is the King and because he is righteous and kind
“Some say he’s mad. Others that lesser hate him…” “Those he commands move only in command/ nothing in love” Even though Macbeth is King there are many who aren’t loyal to him showing that he is a very bad king
“What I am truly is thine and my own countries” “Why in that rawness left you your wife and children” Although Macduff is meant to be loyal to Macbeth he is loyal to Malcolm instead
“Unsex me here” “Make thick my blood” “Have lucked my nipple from his boneless gums” Lady Macbeth wishes to renounce her feminine aspects so that she can have power
“When you durst do it then you were a man” “Be so much more the man” Lady Macbeth uses Macbeth’s Masculinity to manipulate him
“Dispute it like a man” “Which smoked with bloody execution” Masculinity is linked to aggression and violence and men are praised for these qualities
“But I must also feel it as a man” “I do all… who dares do more is none” Although Masculinity is very important it is sometimes better to act is a more compassionate way
“When the battles lost and won” “pour mine spirits in thine ear” Although masculinity is very highly valued, the women in the play seem to have more influence than the men