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    Can someone please help me analyse or give me a link to a helpful page for the following quotations:

    'I fear / Thou playd'st most foully for it'
    'To be thus is nothing / but to be safely thus'
    'We have scorched the snake, not killed it'
    'O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife'
    ' come seeling night / scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day'
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    "we have scorched the snake" suggests that things will come back to haunt him or that macbeth feels like he hasn't done all he could have just yet. we could also link the snake to the idea of evil/decieving like the snake decieved eve to eat the fruit in genesis etc

    "i fear thou'd playd'st most foully for it"- banquo is suscpicious of what macbeth did to gain all these titles and powers- "foul" suggests that whatever he did was not just. "fear" may mean that he's scared of what macbeth could truly do or what could happen to him next as a result.

    "to be thus is nothing, to be safely thus"- shows macbeth's obsession w/ power + control. he doesn't consider himself to be a true king unless he's safe/secure. this also suggests that his mind is already at unease of what could happen to him; link this to context (great chain of being).
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    thanks a lot 👍😊
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