Macbeth lines

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Alas poor country (Scotland) - 4.3.170-3 (A)
Ross: Alas, poor country! Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot be call'd our mother; but our grave; where nothing, But who knows nothing, is once seen to smile;
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Alas poor country (Scotland) - 4.3.170-3 (B)
Ross (cont.): Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rend the air Are made, not mark'd where violent sorrow seems A modern ecstasy; the dead man's kneel is there scarce and ask'd for who;
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Alas poor country (Scotland) - 4.3.170-3 (C)
Ross (cont.): and good men's lives Expire before the flowers in their caps, Dying or ere they sicken.
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Alas poor country (Scotland) - 5.2.40-1
Malcolm: I think our country sinks beneath the yoke; It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash is added to her wounds.
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Alas poor country (Scotland) - 5.2.27
Caithness: It is a 'sickly weal'.
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The blasted heath - 1.1.1-6 (A)
Thunder and lightning. Enter three witches.
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The blasted heath - 1.1.1-6 (B)
First Witch: When shall we three meet again. In thunder, lightning or in rain?
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The blasted heath - 1.1.1-6 (C)
Second Witch: When the hurlyburly's done, When the battle's lost and won.
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The blasted heath - 1.1.1-6 (D)
Third Witch: That will be ere the set of sun.
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The blasted heath - 1.1.1-6 (E)
First Witch: Where the place?
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The blasted heath - 1.1.74-77
Macbeth: Say from whence You owe this strange intelligence? or why why Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting? Speak, I charge you.
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Henceforth be Earls - 5.9.28-30
Malcolm: My thanes and kinsmen, Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland In such honour named.
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Succession in 'Macbeth' - 1.4.33-43 (A)
Duncan: My plenteous joys, Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves In drops of sorrow. Sons, kinsmen, thanes, and you whose places are the nearest, know We will establish our estate upon Our eldest Malcolm, whom we name hereafter The Prince of...
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Succession in 'Macbeth' - 1.4.33-43 (B)
Duncan (cont.) ...Cumberland; which honour must Not unaccompanied invest him only, But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine On all deservers, From hence to Inverness, And bind us further to you.
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Madness - 5.1
Lady Macbeth: Out damned spot! Out, I say! One, two: why, then, 'tis time to do't.
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Ambition - 1.3
Macbeth: My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smothered in surmise.
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Appearance vs. reality - 1.1
The Witches: Fair is foul, and foul is fair.
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Betrayal - 1.4
Macbeth: The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies.
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The Supernatural - 4.1
The Witches: Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!
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Gender - 1.5
Lady Macbeth: Come to my woman's breasts And take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers.
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Madness - 2.1
Macbeth: Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?
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Ambition - 1.7
Macbeth: I have no spur To ***** the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself And falls on th'other-
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Appearance vs. Reality - 3.4
Macbeth: ...and play the humble host.
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Betrayal - 4.3
Macduff: How goes my wife? Rosse: Why, well.
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The supernatural - 1.5
Lady Macbeth: Greater than both by the all-hail hereafter
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Gender - 1.5
Lady Macbeth: Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here
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Madness - 2.2
Macbeth: Methought I heard a voice cry, 'Sleep no more, Macbeth does murder sleep'
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Ambition - 2.4
Rosse: Gainst nature still! Thriftless ambition, that wilt ravin up Thine own life's means!
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Appearance vs. Reality - 1.5
Lady Macbeth: Your hand, your tongue; look like th'innocent flower, But be the serpent under't.
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Betrayal - 2.4
Old Man: 'Tis said they eat each other.
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The supernatural - 5.8
Macduff: (to Macbeth) Turn, hell-hound, turn!
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Gender - 2.3
Macduff: (to Lady Macbeth) O gentle lady, 'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak.
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Madness - 5.1
Lady Macbeth: What's done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.
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Ambition - 3.4
Macbeth: I am in blood Stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er.
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Appearance vs. reality - 3.4
Macbeth: Never shake Thy gory locks at me!
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Betrayal - 3.1
Macbeth: Our fears in Banquo Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature Reigns that which would be feared.
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Gender - 4.3
Malcolm: Dispute it like a man.
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Madness - 3.2
Macbeth: In the affliction of these terrible dreams That shake us nightly.
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Ambition - 1.5
Lady Macbeth: Thou wouldst be great, Art not without The illness should attend it.
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Power and ambition
By killing Duncan, Macbeth has contradicted the Divine Right of Kings (King appointed by God). Macbeth, by killing Duncan, has gone against nature and committed a treasonous and blasphemous act. Duncan's murder is an example of power being stolen.
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Power and ambition - 1.2
Duncan: What bloody man is that? He can report, As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt The newest state.
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Power and ambition
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both struggle for power in their relationship. Lady uses manipulation and subtle digs against Macbeth throughout the play (ie, questioning his manhood) to take control.
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Power and ambition
Lady Macbeth, as a woman with little power of her own, the use of her language to subvert the power norms works well and Macbeth, to some extent does her bidding for her.
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Power and ambition - 1.5 (A)
Lady Macbeth: Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way.
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Power and ambition - 1.5 (B)
Lady Macbeth (cont.): Thou would be great, Art not without ambition, but without The illness sh
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Power and ambition - Abuse (A)
The abuse of power is a recurring theme in Macbeth. King Duncan is seen as fair and benevolent leader at times, who rewards Macbeth. Yet, he names his son heir apparent to throne, which would seem like an abuse of power at the time as
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Power and ambition - Abuse (B)
...Scotland was an elective monarchy when play was performed. Similarly, when Macbeth becomes king, he abused his power and becomes a tyrannical leader.
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Power and ambition - 1.4 (A)
Duncan: My plenteous joys, Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves In drops of sorrow.- Sons, kinsmen, thanes, And you whose places are the nearest, know We will establish our estate upon Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name...
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Power and ambition - 1.4 (B)
Duncan (cont.): hereafter The Prince of Cumberland; which honour must Not unaccompanied invest him only, But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine On all deservers. - From hence to Inverness And bind us further to you.
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The supernatural
The Witches are first characters we meet; who prophesize Macbeth will be king one day. This acts as a catalyst for whole plot and drives Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan and go mad in their own ways.
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The supernatural - 1.1
The Witches: Fair is foul and foul is fair.
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The supernatural - James (A)
James VI, King of England when Macbeth was first performed, was hugely suspicious of witchcraft. In 1591, he began series of witch trials throughout England, to identify the witches that he believed were conspiring to murder him.
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The supernatural - James (B)
Ultimately, nearly 100,000 women were put on trial, and approximately half of those were killed.
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The supernatural - 1.1
First Witch: When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? SECOND WITCH: When the hurly-burly's done, When the battle's lost and won.
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The supernatural
Several apparitions come to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth throughout the play. Notably, a floating dagger that leads Macbeth to kill Duncan and blood spots that Lady Macbeth is seemingly unable to wash out.
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The supernatural - 2.1 (A)
Macbeth: Is this a dagger I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight, ...
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The supernatural - 2.1 (B)
Macbeth (cont.): or art thou A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
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Masculinity - Lady (A)
Lady Macbeth continues to cite Macbeth's manhood, or lack thereof, as a manipulation tactic. She parallels his inaction with femininity and cowardice - claiming that it is unmanly of him to not kill Duncan and seize power for himself.
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Masculinity - Lady (B)
Similarly, throughout the play, Lady Macbeth wishes to be 'unsexed' so that she herself can be a pivotal and active character in realising their ambitions. Instead, she has to play on Macbeth's masculine insecurities to get her way.
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Masculinity - 1.5
Lady Macbeth: The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from crown to toe topful of direst cruelty!
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Masculinity - manipulative women (A)
Theme of women being manipulative characters throughout play that must rely on their words to inspire action is evident. Witches inform Macbeth of prophecy and inspire him to kill the king - they arguably, don't carry out any direct action themselves
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Masculinity - manipulative women (B)
The fact Shakespeare repeatedly insinuates women are catalyst for chaos in play leads some to believe that this is Shakespeare's most misogynistic work.
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Masculinity - 1.3 (A)
First Witch: I'll dry him as hay. Sleep shall neither night nor day Hang upon his penthouse lid. He shall live a man forbid. Weary sev'nnights, nine times nine, Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine.
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Masculinity - 1.3 (B)
First Witch (cont.): Though his bark cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest-tossed. Look what I have.
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Fate and freewill - fate or freewill (A)
When the witches tell Macbeth about the prophecy and he goes on to kill Duncan, we must question whether this was fate or freewill.
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Fate and freewill - fate or freewill (B)
The witches represent supernatural, almost god-like figures, who may have been controlling Macbeth's actions, or perhaps, the prophecy became self-fulfilling.
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Fate and freewill - fate or freewill (C)
By a self-fulling prophecy, we mean that when you are told something (or an action) will take place, and you, as an individual then will conspire to make it happen, perhaps subconsciously.
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Fate and freewill - fate or freewill (D)
Arguably, the prophecy in Macbeth is actually a self-fulfilling one, and Macbeth's actions, which he chooses, all lead to killing Duncan.
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Fate and freewill - 1.3
First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! Hall to thee, Thane of Glamis! SECOND WITCH: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! THIRD WITCH: All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
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Fate and freewill
Macbeth escapes fate several times. At the beginning of the play, the character known as 'Captain', says that Macbeth should have been killed in battle but escaped fate, which he personifies.
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Fate and freewill - 1.2
Captain: And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling, Show'd like a rebel's whore. But all's too weak; For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name) Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, Which smokes with bloody execution.
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Ross (cont.): Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rend the air Are made, not mark'd where violent sorrow seems A modern ecstasy; the dead man's kneel is there scarce and ask'd for who;

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Alas poor country (Scotland) - 4.3.170-3 (B)

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Ross (cont.): and good men's lives Expire before the flowers in their caps, Dying or ere they sicken.

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Malcolm: I think our country sinks beneath the yoke; It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash is added to her wounds.

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Caithness: It is a 'sickly weal'.

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