Macbeth quotes

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Macbeth's character


‘Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?’


‘golden opinions’

‘We will establish our estate upon/Our eldest, Malcolm'

 Macbeth about Malcolm: ‘a step/On which I must fall down or else ‘o’erleap’

 ‘Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself/And falls on th’other’

‘brave’ and ‘worthy gentleman’

Witches describe him as ‘wicked’

‘This supernatural soliciting/Cannot be ill, cannot be good’

Duncan: ‘we love him highly’

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Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

‘my dearest partner of greatness’

‘yet I do fear thy nature;/It is too full o’th’milk of human kindness’

‘Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor’

‘He that’s coming/Must be provided for’

‘Was the hope drunk/Wherein you dressed yourself?

‘I dare do all that may become a man’

‘then you were a man’

‘it will make us mad;

‘I/shame/To wear a heart so white’

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His silver skin laced with his golden blood;

‘on whom I built/An absolute trust’

Macbeth to Duncan ‘our duties/Are to your throne and state, children and servants’

‘And pity, like a naked new born babe’

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Duncan's death


And his gash'd stabs look'd like a breach in nature

‘If we should fail?’

 ‘It were done quickly’

Considers the ‘consequence’,

‘Who should against his murderer shut the door,/Not bear the knife myself’

‘I go, and it is done: the bell invites me’

‘O horror, horror, horror!’

‘Most sacrilegious murder’

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Duncan's death

‘My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical’

‘we will proceed no further in this business’

‘awake!’; ‘up’; ‘rise’ – Imperatives after Duncan’s death

‘strange screams’

‘dire combustion and confused events’

‘Twas a rough night’’

The repetition in a woman’s ear’

having ‘’virtues; which will ‘plead like angels’

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Lady Macbeth

‘so much more than the man’

‘dashed the brains out’

‘look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't’,

 ‘your majesty’

the ‘spirits’ to ‘unsex me here’

‘gentle lady’

‘tis not for you to hear’;

‘The raven himself is hoarse’

‘Come to my woman’s breasts/And take my milk’

‘We rest your hermits’

‘It was the owl that shrieked’

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