Witches: “Fair is foul, and fair is foul,” (I, I, 10)
Comment: This introduces the idea of deceptiveness of appearances throughout the whole play.
King Duncan: “What [the Thane of Cawdor] hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.” (I, II, 79) Comment: King Duncan calls Macbeth noble even though later he will become Duncan’s murderer.
Macbeth: “So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” (I, III, 38) Comment: Macbeth speaks of the weather being foul and of winning the battles being fair.
Macbeth: “And nothing is but what is not.” (I, III, 155) Comment: Macbeth has been thinking about murdering the king and the picture of himself as the murderer is so vivid that he is not capable of seeing anything around him.
Macbeth: “The service and the loyalty in doing it pays itself.” (I, IV, 25-26) Comment: Macbeth says that serving King Duncan is its own reward, but he has already begun thinking about murdering the king.
Lady Macbeth: “Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t.” (I, V, 76-78) Comment: Lady Macbeth is instructing Macbeth to look like he is innocent but underneath to be plotting to kill King Duncan.
Lady Macbeth: “All our service, in every point twice done and then done double, were poor and single business to contend against those honors deep and broad, wherewith Your Majesty loads our house.” (I, VI, 18-22) Comment: Lady Macbeth tells King Duncan that doing all the past service for him twice does not compare with the honor the he brings them with his visit, while in the meantime, in her thought, she plans to murder him.
King Duncan: “And [Macbeth's] great love (sharp as his spur) hath helped him to his home before us.” (I, VI, 28-30) Comment: The king thinks that Macbeth’s love for his king and wife helped him speed home and arrive there before the king, but the real reason he got there so quickly was to talk to his wife about murdering King Duncan.
Macbeth: “False face must...