Lady Macbeth Quotes

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Lady Macbeth:
Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
They must lie there. Go carry them, and smear
the sleepy grooms with blood.
I'll go no more.
I am afraid to think what I have done
Look on't again I dare not.
Lady Macbeth:
Infirm of purpose!
Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead
Are but as pictures 'tis the eye of childhood
Macbeth's resolve ("purpose") is weak he fears the deed he's done, and thus he's also "infirm"
in the modern sense: his will is crippled
Macbeth had said that even the ocean couldn't wash his hands clean of Duncan's blood
If we should fail?
Lady Macbeth:
We fail?
But screw your courage to the sticking place,
And we'll not fail.
"Tighten up your courage until it is fixed in the place necessary for the murder of Duncan."
Lady Macbeth:
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
What thou art promis'd. Yet do I fear thy nature,
It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.
Lady Macbeth:
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here
This is her vivid way of asking to be stripped of feminine weakness and invested with masculine
resolve. She imagines herself as a vessel which may be emptied out and refilled "from the crown
to the toe
Milk of human kindness refers to the breast milk of the mother and the kindness she shows to
the child.

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Lady Macbeth opposes this by saying that she wouldn't have hesitated to take her own baby
"while it was smiling in my face" and to "Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,/ And
dash'd the brains out."
Lady Macbeth:
What's done, is done
Shows no compassion for the dead and only about the future.…read more


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