Macbeth Quotes

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Hint: Pathetic Fallacy, Act 1 Scene 1
"In thunder, lightning, or rain?"
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Hint: Oxymoron? Act 1 scene 1 'battle'
"When the battle's lost and won"
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Hint: Theme of reality and appearance. Link to supernatural. Act 1 scene 1. Potential oxymoron
"Fair is foul and foul is fair"
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Hint: Early description of Macbeth, simile, description contrasts with later descriptio of Macbeth 'tyrant'. Act 1 scene 2
"Like valour's minion, carved out his passage"
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Hint: Foreshadowing Macbeth's death as he beheads the traitor. Act 1 scene 2
"And fixed his head upon our battlements"
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Hint: Irony as Macbeth's bloodthirsty nature is his downfall
"Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe"
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Hint: 'lost' and 'won mirrors witches language (to show theme of supernatural as James I was obessed with witches). Hints @ witches' power.
"What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won"
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Hint: Foreshadows Macbeth's sleeplessness because of his future guilt, Act 1 scene 3
"And the very ports they blow, All the quarters that they know l'th'shipman's card. I'll drain him dry as hay"
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Hint: 1st set of prophecies, repetition, dramatic irony as audience already know that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor. Act 1 scene 3
"All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! Second Witch All hai Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! Third Witch All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter"
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Hint: Banquo's prophechies, witches talk in riddles + paradoxes to mislead Macbeth and Banquo.
"Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none."
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Hint: Rhetorical Question. Theme of reality + appearance as Macbeth and Banquon ask question showing their confusion.
"Were such things here as we do speak about? Or have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner?"
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Hint: Repetition of prophecies to make them stand out to the audience. Act 1 scene 3
"Macbeth Your children shall be kings. Banquo You shall be king"
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Hint: Metaphor, Act 1 scene 3
"The thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?"
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Hint: Rhetorical question. Display of the theme of guilt as he's thinking about killing Duncan but is horrified at the thought. Act 1 scene 3
"why do I yield to that suggestion, Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs Against the use of nature?"
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Hint: Theme of reality + Appearance. Irony because Duncan misjudges Macbeth believing him to be good when he isn't.
"There's no art To find the mind's construction in the face: He was a gentleman on whom I built An abosulte trust."
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Hint: Macbeth speaks in a rhyming couplet, emphasises the importance of his words. He speaks like the witches revealing his evil intentions.
"For in my it lies. Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black and deep desires... Yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done to see."
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Hint: Shows that Macbeth believes Lady Macbeth to be his equal.
"my dearest partner of greatness"
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Hint: Lady Macbeth thinks Macbeth won't murder Duncan because he is weak suggesting Macbeth isn't evil at this point in time.
"I fear thy nature, It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness"
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Hint: Theme of appearance and theme of supernatural
"Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear"
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Hint: Lady Macbeth believes she is too womanly to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan. Theme of Good and Evil as Lady Macbeth's dark soliloquy shows how evil she is. Her references to 'spirits' and 'hell' link her with the witches.
"Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe topfull Of direst cruelty."
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Hint:Lady Macbeth wants the 'smoke of hell' to hide her evil deeds, suggestion of guilt or acknowledgment that her actions are wrong.
"Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife seen not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry, 'Hold, hold.'"
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Hint: Theme of supernatural, Lady Macbeth's greeting echoes the witches. Shows importance of prophecies.
"Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, Greater than both by the all-hail hereafter,"
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Hint: Simile, theme of reality and appearances. Zoomorphism?
"look like th'innocent flower, But be the serpent under't.
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Hint: Irony in beginning of act 1 scene 6. Duncan comments on how Macbeth's castle is pleasant, but the audience kinow they are plotting to kill him.
"This castle hath a pleasant seat;... sweetly recommends itself"
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Hint: Dramatic irony in act 1 scene 6
"our honoured hostess!"
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Hint: Equivocation (subltly admitting she has planned Duncan's murder) in act 1 scene 6. Lady Macbeth flatters Duncan and thanks him, contrasts with previous scene.
"All our service In every pont done and the done double...Against those honours deep and broad wherewith Your majesty loads our house:"
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Hint: Macbeth foreshadows his death at the end of the play as he says murderers get killed.
"We still have judgement here that we but teach Bloody instruction... return To plague th'inventor. This even-handed justice Commends th'ingredience of our poisoned chalice To our own lips."
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Hint: Theme of Kingship. Macbeth's hesistation and guilt is shown. Simile
"Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek... that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against The dseep damnation of his taking-off."
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Hint: Macbeth saying he has no reason to kill Duncan except his ambition. Shows theme of ambition.
"I have no spur To ***** the sides of my intent, but onlly Valuting ambition which o'erleaps itself And falls on th'other-"
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Hint: Metaphor act 1 scene 7. Lady Macbeth saying that Macbeth has changed, she tries to trick him by saying she won't trust his love for her anymore.
"Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself?...From this time, Such I account thy love."
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Hint: Simile refering Macbeth to a cat. Act 1 scene 7. 'adage' means proverb (cats like eating fish but don't like getting their paws wet).
"Letting 'I dare not' wait upon I would', Like the poor cat i'th'adage?"
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Hint: Macbeth responds to Lady Macbeth's taunting, showing the audience he is falling into her trap.
"I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none."
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Hint: Theme of good and evil, the quote emphasises just how evil she is.
"I have given **** and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Had plucked my ****** from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this."
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Hint: Rhetorical Questions in act 1 scene 7.
"What cannot you and I perform upon Th'unguarded Duncan? What not put upon His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt Of our great quell?
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Hint: Shakespeare ends Act 1 with anticipation as the audience know what's going to happen but not when it will. This builds suspense.
"Each corporal agent to this terrible feat."
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Hint: Alliteration and theme of appearance and reality.
"False face must hide what the false heart doth know."
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Act 2, scene 1. Hint: Pathetic Fallacy (no stars- repeated throughout the play to link evil with darkness e.g. Act 1 scene 4 "Stars, hide your fires,"), metaphor,
"There's husbandry in heaven; Thier candles are all out."
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Hint:Banquo says he'll only help Macbeth if he can keep a clear conscience which is more important to him than ambition.
"So I lose none In seeking to augment it, but still keep My bosom franchised and allegiance clear, I shall be counselled."
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Hint: Macbeth's soliloquy act 2, scene 1. Hallucination, rhetorical question.
"Is this a dagger, which I see before me, The handle towards 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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Hint: Macbeth's soliloquy act 2. Use of contrast to show how Macbeth feels now vs what he felt before the witches. Links with theme of horror. Use of the word 'time' link to act 1 "beguile the time look like the time", use of verbs, personification .
"Thou sure and firm-set earth, Hear not my steps, which way they walk for fear Thy very stones prate of my whereabout, And takes the present horror from the time." 'prate' personified links with "You wait on nature's mischief" in act 1 scene5
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Hint: Language of Macbeth changes from Blank verse to rhyming couplet to make it sound more decisive links to the last lines in act3 scene 1 "It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul's flight, If it find heaven, must find it out tonight."
"Hear it not, Duncan; for it is knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell."
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Hint: Lady Macbeth feels powerful. Act 2 scene 2
"That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold;"
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Hint:Lady Macbeth shows guilt and the fact that she'll struggle to get over Duncan's death. Link to act 5 scene 1.
"Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't."
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Hint: Shakespeare uses short sentences to suggest that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are nervous about being caught after killing Duncan. Act 2 scene 2.
"Did not you speak? Macbeth: When? Lady Macbeth: Now. Macbeth: As I descended? Lady Macbeth: Ay."
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Hint: Macbeth regrets killing Duncan. Act 2 scene 2
"(looking at his hands) This is a sorry sight."
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Hint: Macbeth believes they will be caught, theme of death and blood.
"As thet had seen me with these hangman's hans."
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Hint: Irony as the deed makes Lady Macbeth go mad. Link to act 5 scene 1.
"These deeds must not be thought After these ways; so it will make us mad."
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Hint: Link to the theme of supernatural, theme of guilt.
"Sleep no more, Macbeth does murder sleep"
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Hint: Extended metaphor. Act 2 scene 2
"The death of each day's life, sore labourer's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast."
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Hint: Repetition line 40 and line 42
"Sleep no more"
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Hint: Description of Macbeth's hands. Theme of guilt.
"wash this filthy witness from your hand."
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Hint: Lady Macbeth's rational nature, rhetorical question?
"Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there."
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Hint: Theme of guilt, act 2 scene 2. Personal pronouns.
"I am afraid to think what I have done- Look on't again, I dare not."
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Hint:Metaphor, foreshadows Lady Macbeth's madness.
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No"
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Hint: Links to Lady Macbeth's madness. Elements.
"A little water clears us of this deed"
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Hint: Act 2 scene 3. Change of language (prose) because of the status of the porter
"if a man were the porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key"
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Hint:Porter pretends to be the devil to emphasise the evil that has taken place.
"Knock, knock, knock. Who's there i'th'name of Beelzebub?"
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Hint:Link to what the witches are doing to Macbeth. Act 2 scene 3
"it sets him on, and takes him off;"
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Hint: Shakespeare creates suspense through the knowledge the audience has but the other characters don't. Act 2 scene 3.
"Macbeth: I'll bring you to him. Macduff: I know this is a joyful trouble to you, but yet 'tis one."
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Hint: Pathetic fallacy and the divine right of kings. Act 2 scene 3
"Some say, the earth Was feverous and did shake."
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Hint: Macbeth uses short sentences to make him seem tense. Act 2 scene 3
"'Twas a rough night."
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Hint: Link to divine right
"Most sacrilegeious murder hath broke ope The Lord's anointed temple and stole thence The life o'th'building"
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Hint: Theme of reality and appearances.
"Shake off this downy sleep, death's counterfeit, And look on death itself."
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Hint: Theme of reality & appearance, irony as Lady Macbeth wanted to cast off her feminity.
"The repetition in a woman's ear Would murder as it fell."
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Hint: Contrast with Macduff refusing to let Lady Macbeth know about Duncan.
"O Banquo, Banquo, Our royal master's murdered!"
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Hint: Audience knows Macbeth's guilt is false- his language is too poetic for someone who is meant to be in shock.
"There's nothing serious in mortality. All is but toy; renown and grace is dead; The wine of life is drawn,"
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Hint: Metaphor, Act 2 scene 3.
"the fountain of your blood Is stopped"
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Hint: Macbeth's sentences become longer again as he gains confidence.
"Who can be wise, amazed, temperate, and furious, Loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man."
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Hint: Lady Macbeth tries to take suspicion off Macbeth. Theme of reality and appearances.
"Help me hence, ho!"
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Hint: Act 2 scene 3. Theme of reality and appearance, echoes what Lady Macbeth says in Act 1 scene 5.
"There's daggers in men's smiles; the nea'er in blood The nearer bloody."
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Hint: Act 2, scene 4. Personification
"And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp."
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Hint: Act 2 scene 4. Theme of kingship link to divine right.
"'Tis said they eat each other."
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Hint: Act 2, scene 4. Theme of ambition.
"'Gainst nature still! Thriftless ambition, that wilt ravin up Thine own life's means!"
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Hint: Act 3 scene 1. Theme of realit and appearances.
"Here's our chief guest."
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Hint: Change in character of Macbeth as murder has become easier.
"To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus."
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Hint: Act 3 scene 1. Theme of fate.
"Rather than so, come fate into the list. And champion me to the utterance!"
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Hint: Early description of Macbeth, simile, description contrasts with later descriptio of Macbeth 'tyrant'. Act 1 scene 2


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