Macbeth Quotes

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Characterisation quotes for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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'O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen' Duncan is impressed by Macbeth's work on the battlefield
'Two truths are told, as happy prologues to the swelling acts of this imperial theme. - I thank you gentlemen' Macbeth anticipates a mighty drama on the theme of kingship; two of the witches' prophecies have come true so he hopes the the last one happens also
'If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me without my stir' Macbeth thinks that if the witches know he will become king,he may as well sit back and wait for it to happen without making any effort
'Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires' Macbeth doesn't want anyone to find out about his plan to become King by killing Duncan and his sons
Come, you spirits, that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty' Lady Macbeth wants the evil spirits to encourage her to kill Duncan so she can become Queen
'I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself and falls on th'other Macbeth feels as though there is no reason to kill Duncan, other than his ambition to become King.
'But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we'll not fail' Lady Macbeth is looking for her husband's commitment to what they are going to do so that the plan does not fail
'False face must hide what the false heart doth know' Macbeth must not let the others in the castle know about what he is going to do. And so he has to be careful with his actions
'Glamis hath murder'd sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more' Macbeth feels as though his actions have scarred him and his wife so badly that they will never sleep again
'Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?' Even though the blood is washed off, he will never be free of his remorse
'A little water clears us of this deed' Contrast to the magnitude of Macbeth's views on how difficult it will be to get over this. Begins to show a breakdown in the relationship.
'I am in blood stepp'd so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er' The king feels as though he and his wife have already killed so many people, they may as well just keep going
'The very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand' Before, Macbeth used to debate his thoughts but now he decides he will act upon any of his thoughts as soon as he thinks of them
'Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One, two' Lady Macbeth is imagining blood on her hands, which highlights her guilty conscience
'The mind I sway by and the heart I bear shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear' Macbeth is no longer afraid of anything due to the unnatural properties of the apparation's prophecies
'Out, out, brief candle, Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing' Macbeth believes that life is futile after hearing about the death of his wife. His attitude has changed to one of great sorrow after hearing this news.
'of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen' After their deaths, the Thanes, now Earls, describe Macbeth and his wife as evil, suggesting they have left a negative legacy
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