Significant Quotes for your Macbeth Character Analysis and Development Essay
Opening Scene: Witches plan to meet Macbeth
(Act I, scene i)
Descriptions of Macbeth as “Brave,” and as a “Lion” and “Eagle.” COB “For Brave Macbeth, (for well he deserves that name),
Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
(Like valor's minion), carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops,
And fix'd his head upon our battlements”.
(Act I, scene ii, lines 16-24)
(Macbeth is a brave warrior)
“Yes, As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion”.
(Act I, scene ii, line 35)
(Connection of Macbeth to the COB)
Fearless [As] Bellona’s bridegroom (like the God of war)
“The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict,
Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapped in proof,
Confronted him with self-comparisons,
Point against point, rebellious arm ‘gainst arm,
Curbing his lavish spirit; and to conclude
The victory fell on us”.
(Act I, scene ii, lines 53-58)
Banquo [Post 3 Hails]”What, can the devil speak true?” (Act I, scene iii, line 108)
(Referring to the witches prophecies)
Macbeth “Two truths are told,
As happy prologues to the swelling act
Of the imperial theme. –I thank you, gentlemen.-
(Aside) This supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill; cannot be good. If ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of success,
Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor.
If good, 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? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings.
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man that function
Is smothered in surmise and nothing is
But what is not….If chance will have me King, why
chance may crown me, without my stir”.
(Act I, scene iii, Lines 127-147)
Macbeth: After Duncan names Malcolm as successor.
“The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires!
Let not light see my black and deep desires.
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see”.
(Act I, scene iv, 48-53)
(Macbeth wants his desire for murder to be hidden from God)
Macbeth “We will speak further”.
(Act I, scene V, line 71)
(Macbeth hasn’t decided what to do yet)
(LM after her question – testing him – of when will Duncan leave? She says, in reply to Macbeth’s answer, “O never will that morrow see.”)
“If it were done when tis done, then ‘twere well
It were done quickly. If the assassination
Could trammel up the consequences, and catch,
With his surcease, success; that but this blow
Might be the be-all and the end-all- here,
But here, upon this black and shall of time,
We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases
We still have judgment here; that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the inventor, This even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice
To our own lips. He’s here in double trust:
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels trumpet-tongued, against
The deep damnation of his taking-off;
And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubin horsed...
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