Revision:Macbeth key quotes


Act One

Scene 1 “Fair is foul and foul is fair”

Scene 2 Duncan calls Macbeth “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman” it’s an honour at this point in the play to have been covered in blood

Thane of Cawdor a traitor

Scene 3

“So foul and fair a day I have not seen” Witches influence?

“You should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so” not natural on Earth- no explanation

“Why do you start, and seem to fear things that do sound so fair?” Banquo asking Macbeth, Macbeth is in tune with the fair/foul idea

“Thou shalt get Kings, though thou be none” Banquo’s prophecy

“Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” Macbeth uncomfortable as Thane of Cawdor

“The instruments of darkness tell us truths”

“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings”

Scene 4

“Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires”

Scene 5

Lady Macbeth gets a letter from Macbeth and then straight away a messenger announces that Duncan is coming tonight- fast plot

“Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here” “Stop up the access and passage to remorse… pall thee in the dunnest smoke of Hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor Heaven peep through the blanket of the dark”

“O never shall sun that morrow see” Duncan won’t be alive tomorrow

“Your face, my Thane, is as a book” easy to read

“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” (Fair is foul)

Scene 7

Macbeth doesn’t think he can murder Duncan because 1) he’s his kinsman 2) he’s his host “who should against his murtherer shut the door not bear the knife myself” 3) Duncan is a good man

“We will proceed no more in this business” Lady Macbeth like Vittoria defending herself to Brach- persuades Macbeth to change his mind “I would, while it was smilling in my face, have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this”

“False face must hide what the false heart doth know”

Act 2

Scene 1

Banquo “In heaven their candles are all out” no light- no goodness in the air

“Is this a dagger which I see before me, handle towards my hand?”

A bell rings “hear it not Duncan, for it is a knell, that summons thee to Heaven, or to Hell”

Scene 2

“Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t” some morals- not like Flamineo who would kill his brother to rise in society

“I could not say Amen”

Lady Macbeth says it will “make us mad” if they think about it

“Macbeth shall sleep no more” Heathcliff stops eating and drinking

“Will all great Neptune’s Ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” Scene 3

“Where we lay, our chimneys were blown down, and heard in the air strange screams of death”

Shakespeare sucks up to James I by making Duncan so good

Scene 4

Horses eat each other like an outrage in nature at the King’s death

“Lest our old robes sit easier than our new”

Act 3

Scene 1

Banquo confides in audience “I think thou play’dst most foully for it”

“Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown”

Scene 2

“We have scorch’d the snake, not kill’d it”

“O full of scorpions is my mind”

“Things bad begun, make strong themselves by ill” thinks he can murder to get rid of the fear he’s feeling- actually it’s guilt

Scene 3

Banquo killed, Fleance flies

Scene 4

Macbeth sees Banquo in his seat

“This is the very painting of your fear”

“I am in blood stepp’d in so far, that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er”

Act 4

Scene 1

“Double, double, toil and trouble”

“Something wicked this way comes” Macbeth

“secret, black and midnight hags” the most gothic description

First apparition- an armed head “Beware Macduff” Second apparition- a bloody child “none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” Third apparition- a child crowned with a tree in his hand “Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood, to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him” Macbeth thinks he’s safe, but his actions defied nature and now nature defies him

Macduff fled to England, when Macbeth finds out he says “give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line”- everything sorted out by murder now

Scene 2

At Lady Macduff’s house- a messenger warns her to run but she doesn’t. Warnings ignored in Wuthering Heights

Scene 3

Malcolm tests Macduff- he passes

Macduff learns of the murder of his family: Malcolm: Dispute it like a man. Macduff: I shall do so, but I must also feel it as a man

Act 5

Scene 1

Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking “Out damned spot: out I say” can’t get rid of the guilt

“what’s done, cannot be undone” Scene 3

“honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have”

“canst thou not minister to a mind diseas’d, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow?” for him and Lady Macbeth

Scene 4

The soldiers are going to carry a branch each to hide their numbers

Scene 5

A woman’s cry is heard and Lady Macbeth confirmed to be dead

“Life’s but a walking shadow… signifying nothing” his murderous ways have left him cold and without a soul- like Heathcliff without Cathy

Scene 6

Malcolm, Macduff and the army are near enough for attack

“Make all our trumpets speak, give them all breath, those clamorous harbingers of blood, and death”

Scene 7

Young Siward “The devil himself could not pronounce a title more hateful to mine ear”

The rightful heir, Malcolm, is now King