Macbeth Quotes – Denton

“Fair is foul and foul is fair.”–Act 1, Scene 1, Line 10 SPEAKER: THE WITCHESSPOKEN TO: JUST THE AUDIENCEMeaning: things that are good are actually bad, and things that are bad are good. Example: Macbeth seems like an amazing person from the outside, but really he is secretly plotting to kill the king. And the witches think things that are bad actually delight them.
“And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,The instruments of darkness tell us truths.”–Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 122-3 SPEAKER: BANQUOSPOKEN TO: MACBETHMeaning: the evil witches will tell us the truth to very small things, but not to the big important things. They earn our trust by first telling us the truth, but then it just leads to destruction. He believes that what the witches said to Macbeth may not even be true and it is all very odd.
“There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.”–Act 1, Scene 4, Lines 10-11 SPEAKER: DUNCANSPOKEN TO: MALCOLM AND/OR THE THANESDuncan is saying that there is no way to see what is going on in a persons mind by just looking at their face. During at this time he is sitting looking into the faces of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, and he has no idea that they are going to kill him.
“Stars, hide your fires:Let not light see my black and deep desires:The eye wink at the hand; yet let that beWhich the eye fears, when it is done, to see.”–Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 50-3 SPEAKER: MACBETHSPOKEN TO: THE AUDIENCEI think it is talking about how Macbeth does not want to bring attention to himself because he knows he is about to go kill Duncon and he doesn’t want anyone too find out. Macbeth wants to let his own eyes be blind to what his hands will do because he is afraid to see what will the outcome be.
“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere wellIt were done quickly. If th’assassinationCould trammel up the consequence, and catch,With his surcease, success; that but this blowMight be the be-all and end-all-here,But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,We’d jump the life to come.”–Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 1-7 SPEAKER: MACBETHSPOKEN TO: THE AUDIENCEMacbeth is saying that he hopes that all of these killings, wars, and fights for the crown are over soon and done quickly. He hopes that in killing the King, all of the other problems will go away. And he says he would gladly risk his own life to do it.
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”–Act 1, Scene 8, Line 8 SPEAKER: MACBETHSPOKEN TO: LADY MACBETHMacbeth is saying that your face must act as though nothing is wrong, like you’re wearing a mask, and so you must keep your heart false too so that you don’t give up your lie.
“Is this a dagger I see before me,The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.Art thou not, fatal vision, sensibleTo feeling as to sight, or art thou butA dagger of the mind, a false creation,Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?”–Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 33-39 SPEAKER: MACBETHSPOKEN TO: THE AUDIENCEThis soliloquy is when Macbeth is still thinking about killing Duncan and he just wants to so badly so that he can be king. He imagines/hallucinates a dagger in front of him, facing towards Duncan’s room and it is hovering and moving closer and closer to Duncan. After this he wakes up from his haze by the ringing of a bell from Lady Macbeth, telling him that all of the soldiers are drugged/sleeping so they can go kill Duncan.
“Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep!”–Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 34-5 SPEAKER: MACBETHSPOKEN TO: LADY MACBETHMacbeth wishes he could calmly sit down and go to sleep, but after doing what he did he can no longer sleep.
“Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One: two:why, then ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord,Fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear whoKnows it, when none can call our power accompt?Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?”–Act 5, Scene 1, Lines 34-39 SPEAKER: LADY MACBETHSPOKEN TO: THE DOCTOR AND GENTLEWOMANLady Macbeth is laying in bed and she is kind of in s hallucigenic like state and she consistently ties to “wash”/ just rub her hands. She starts feeling guilty about the whole killing of the King and is sleeping very uncomfortably. With the power from being the queen, brought her much suffering and trouble.
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrowCreeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time;And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard no more. It is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.”–Act 5, Scene 5, Lines 19-28 SPEAKER: MACBETHSPOKEN TO: SEYTONThis is Macbeth’s response to the news of him just hearing that his wife has died. He starts talking about his life and how there is not meaning to it anymore and that he feels as though he was never meant to kill Duncan and seizing the throne.

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