Macbeth

"Is this a dagger which I see before me?"
The 'dagger' symbolises the violence and evil within him. He is willing to use pain to achieve his ambition.
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"Will all great Neptunes's ocean wash this blood clean"
Symmetry in the image of water; Lady Macbeth here dismisses Macbeth with "a little water clear us" - but by the end she is the one calling for more imaginary water to wash her hands clean of her crimes.
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"Bear-like"
Cyclical structure: Macbeth returns back to the brave warrior we knew at the start.
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"Unsex me"
She doesn't what to be a man either so she doesnt have to uphold - she's commiting to evil. (And she's comfortable with the supernatural - asking the spirits to do it for her.
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"Dash'd the brains out"
Lady Macbeth presents an image of not having the motherly, womanly instincts expected of the time.
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"Out dammed spot!"
The spot represents her actions; she played a small role in comparison, but it had permanent consequences.
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"Shame to wear a heart so white"
'White' implies there is a purity and innconce in Macbeth; he's a reluctant villian.
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"Thunder, lightening or rain"
A storm, like the witches, is a disturbance to the natural order. They want to distrupt society and the great chain of bing.
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"Wish't they had stayed"
He depends on them fro guidence. They depend on him to use ambition and their riddles to make carnage.
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"Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear"
Macbeth is trying to show he is masculine enough to not be afraid, but the power of supernatural usurps the power of masculinity.
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"His virtues will plead like angles"
Ducan is associated with the virtue and glory oh God and Heaven, whereas Macbeth rule is characterised by the supernatural and evil. The King is the head of the Great Chain of Being, so deserves that comparison.
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"Tears will drown"
Macbeth prioritises his won ambition over the harmony of the Great Chain of Being and the success and happiness of the Scottish society.
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"Fair is foul and foul is fair"
The witches speak in rhymes and not in iambic pentameter; they do not fit in with structural expectations of the play, just as they dont fit in our world.
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"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it"
Flower; pure, innocent, attractive serpent; snake (betrayal), dangerous and unpleasant.
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"I dare do all that may become a man; who dares do more is none"
Macbeth, correctly, believe it is the more masculine thing to knwo when to be peaceful and righteous - Lady Macbeth disagrees.
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"We shall proceed now further in this business"
He calls it a 'business' - he's detached from the whole plan, he doesnt feel a true part of it. He doesnt want to be a villain.
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Card 2

Front

Symmetry in the image of water; Lady Macbeth here dismisses Macbeth with "a little water clear us" - but by the end she is the one calling for more imaginary water to wash her hands clean of her crimes.

Back

"Will all great Neptunes's ocean wash this blood clean"

Card 3

Front

Cyclical structure: Macbeth returns back to the brave warrior we knew at the start.

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

She doesn't what to be a man either so she doesnt have to uphold - she's commiting to evil. (And she's comfortable with the supernatural - asking the spirits to do it for her.

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

Lady Macbeth presents an image of not having the motherly, womanly instincts expected of the time.

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
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