Important Quotes From Macbeth

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Macbeth Important Quotes
"In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" ­ First Witch, p.3 ­ pathetic fallacy, Gothicism
"What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won" ­ Duncan, p.7 ­ ironic as Macbeth later kills Duncan.
" a sieve I'll thither sail" ­ First Witch, p.9 ­ witchcraft (context)
"Sleep shall neither night nor day" ­ First Witch, p.9 ­ sleep deprivation is an element of the Gothic
"So foul and fair a day" ­ Macbeth, p.11 ­ his first words, an antithesis on war
"All hail Macbeth... Thane of Glamis... Thane of Cawdor... king hereafter" ­ First, Second and Third
Witch, in turn, p.11 ­ foreshadowing his future or even predicting it
"The instruments of darkness tell us truths" ­ Banquo, p.15 ­ warning against the witches
"...supernatural soliciting" ­ Macbeth, p.17 ­ in an aside, concerned about the witches
"Let not light see my black and deep desires" ­ Macbeth, p.21 ­ Gothic imagery, paranoia
."The raven himself in hoarse / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan" ­ Lady Macbeth, p.25 ­
planning the (Gothic) death of Duncan
"Leave all the rest to me" ­ Lady Macbeth, p.27 ­ who wears the trousers?
"And live a coward in thine own esteem" ­ Lady Macbeth, p.33 ­ she now calls her husband a
coward, a part of his downfall as a tragic hero
Banquo: "Who's there?" Macbeth: "A friend." ­ p.39 ­ later betrayed, quite ironic
"I have done the deed." ­ Macbeth, p.43 ­ he has killed the king, under his wife's desire
"But wherefore could not I pronounce `Amen'?" ­ Macbeth, p.45 ­ has Macbeth killed religion? Like
the Mariner, or Frankenstein, or Faustus
"My hands are of your colour, but I shame / To wear a heart so white." ­ Lady Macbeth, p.47 ­ she
did not commit the murder (so her heart is white) but she planned it, so the blood is on her hands too,
like Macbeth
"i'th'name of Beelzebub" ­ Porter, p.49 ­ a drunken and comedic scene, references the devil
"I have seen / Hours dreadful and things strange, but this sore night / Hath trifled former knowings" ­
Old Man, p.59 ­ an Archetypal Old Man holds wisdom, and describes the events following Duncan's
"King, Cawdor, Glamis, all / As the weird women promised" ­ Banquo, p.65 ­ the witches' prophecy
has become true (links back to earlier scene)
"...what's done, is done." ­ Lady Macbeth, p.75 ­ they cannot reverse the murders

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There comes my fit again" ­ Macbeth, p.81 ­ upon hearing news that Fleance escaped, Macbeth
becomes paranoid again
"The table's full" ­ Macbeth, p.83 ­ he sees the ghost of Banquo, thus filling the table
"Blood hath been shed ere now" ­ Macbeth, p.85 ­ blood imagery
"We are yet but young in deed." ­ Macbeth, p.89 ­ he has not finished killing, most persist
"How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!" ­ Macbeth, p.…read more


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