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The Porter, 2.3 "Here's an equivocator that could swear in both the The Porter's soliloquy presents
scales against either scale, who committed treason Macbeth's vices and the idea of
enough for God's sake, yet could not equivocate to equivocating links to the motif of art
heaven" and how Macbeth tries to manipulate
reality and play god. This quote also
foreshadows how Macbeth will not
get away with his crimes.
Macbeth, 2.2 "Macbeth does murther sleep" Macbeth's actions are disrupting
nature by destroying rest.
Turning nourishment to poison.
The Porter, 2.3 "Lechery, sir, it provokes and it unprovokes: it provokes Sobriety takes away drunk dreams
the desire, but it takes away the performance" things you thought you could do you
realise aren't possible.
Macbeth, 2.3 "There's nothing serious in mortality: All is but toys" Anarchy has been unleashed,
Macbeth being obsequious to mask
his guilt.
Everything is pointless, a sense of
Macbeth, 2.3 "Here lay Duncan, his silver skin laced with his golden Idolising Duncan through rich
blood, And his gashed stabs looked like a breach of imagery epitomises the depth of
nature" Macbeth's lying and how far he is
willing to go.
Ross, 2.4 "Thou sees the heavens, as troubled with man's act, Mankind trying to play god the stage
Threatens his bloody stage" showing Macbeth's manipulation.
Ross, 2.4 "Dark night strangles the travelling lamp" Evil is too strong/ good is not good
Ross, 2.4 "Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race, Turned Beauty destroyed by ambition.
wild in nature, broke their stalls... as they would Make war Animals turning on man because
with mankind " Macbeth has disrupted hierarchy.
Ross, 2.4 "Thriftless ambition, that wilt raven up Thine own life's Link to cannibalism and how
means" ambition is counterproductive
because you destroy yourself in
trying to reach your goal.
Macbeth, 3.1 "To be thus is nothing" There's no point being king if you're
not safe.
Macbeth, 3.1 "Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, And put a The power of man is not enough
barren sceptre in my gripe" unless you have God's will or nature
behind you contrast between the
artificial and lack of natural imagery.
Lady Macbeth, "'Tis safer to be that which we destroy, Than by No point killing a chicken and not
3.2 destruction dwell in doubtful joy" eating it v similar to "to be thus is
Macbeth, 3.2 "O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!" Macbeth is infected/corrupted with
the disease of ambition.
Macbeth, 3.2 "Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck" Stripping Lady Macbeth of her power
by patronising her.
Macbeth, 3.2 "Come, seeling night, Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful Macbeth wants to hide in the
day" darkness from judgement and
goodness that day brings.
Lady Macbeth/ "LM: Are you a man? Macbeth accepts himself as a
Macbeth, 3.4 M: Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that / Which murderer/ overcomes Lady
might appal the devil" Macbeth's taunts by setting his own
standards of what a man is.
"" "M: "What is the night? Morality is blurred and it is hard to
LM: Almost at odds with morning, which is which" tell what is evil anymore.
Witches "Something wicked this way comes" Shows how Macbeth's character has
transgressed almost at equals with
the witches/ as evil as them
Macduff, 2.3 "Oh horror, horror, horror! Tongue, nor heart, Cannot Something so transgressive that it
conceive nor name thee!" cannot be spoken of

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The Witches, 4.1 "A deed without a name" ""
Macbeth, 2.2 "But wherefore could not I pronounce `Amen', I had most Transgressed so far that has lost
need of blessing, and `Amen' Stuck in my throat" touch with God, could not equivocate
to heaven
Ross, 4.2 "When we hold rumour From what we fear, yet know not The sea possibly acting as a
what we fear, But float upon a wild and violent sea" metaphor for the characters'
conscience or the social
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Angus, 5.2 "Now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a Links to Macbeth's false sense of
giant's robe upon a dwarfish thief" security/ could connote to playing
make believe.
Foreshadows how soon he will be
Duncan, 1.4 "There is no art To find the mind's construction in the face" Can you tell people's intentions from
their appearance?
Without honesty and trust, the bonds
between men are undermined.…read more


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