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"When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning or in rain?" Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 1-2 Opening line: first witch - Pathetic fallacy
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair." Act 1, Scene 1, Line 9 All of the witches - Disturbance of the natural order, foreshadowing
"For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name..." Act 1, Scene 2, Line 16 Captain - Shows how respected Macbeth was before his fall n shit
"Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops" Act 1, Scene 2, Line 22 Captain - Macbeth is a mighty warrior, even before he starts murdering ppl he's still unnecessarily aggy
"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" Act 1, Scene 3, Line 49 Witches - Prophecies, foreshadowing. Tempts Macbeth's ambition
"Stay, you imperfect speakers! Tell me more!" Act 1, Scene 3, Line 69 (LOL) Macbeth - He's being a bit too keen, js
"The instruments of darkness tell us betray's in deepest consequence" Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 123-5 Banquo - Evil, supernatural beings. Banquo's clearly just full-on warned Macbeth n he still doesn't listen wtf
"This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good", "And nothing is but what is not" Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 129-30 and 141 Macbeth (Aside) - Echoes the witches' "fair is foul", Macbeth being drawn in
"Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires" Act 1, Scene 4, Line 51-2 Macbeth - Straight away he's struggling to contain his ambition, which he himself calls "black" (lol niggaz)
"Art not without ambition but without the illness should attend it" Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 17-8 Lady M - Link between ambition and "illness", straight away Lady M thinks about how they're gonna kill the D-man
"Come, you spirits...unsex me here and fill of direst cruelty" Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 39-41 Lady M - She thinks she needs to be a man in order to act on her ambition, Shakespeare's being a chauvinist pig twat
"look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't" Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 63-4 Lady M - she's whipping her husband into shape like the sassy woman she is
"He's here in double trust", "Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek", "his virtues will plead like angels" Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 10-20 Macbeth - Having doubts about killing the D-man because he's been so lovely n wotnot. Context: Shakespeare's bare sucking up to James I cos he's a lame-o
"I am his kinsman and his subject...Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office..." Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 13-8 Macbeth: Debating whether he should kill Duncan and lists all of his peng qualities. This reminds us of the grave outrage killing the king is init - regicide context: Guy Fawkes
"Is this a dagger which I see before me", "wicked dreams", "witchcraft", "the wolf", "ghost" Act 2, Scene 1, Line 33 Macbeth - he's gone all hallucinatory n wotnot, semantic field of the supernatural
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 60-1 Macbeth - Straight away Macbeth is feeling guilty. Nice metaphor/hyperbole
"By the clock 'tis day, and yet dark night", "a falcon...was by a mousing owl at and killed", "Duncan's horses...ate each other" Act 2, Scene 4 Old Man and Ross - Natural order's got bare disturbed since Macbeth messed with the divine right of kings, oh shieetttttt
"Our fears in Banquo stick deep" Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 48-9 Macbeth - he's starting to turn on his own bffl. It's a slippery slope!
"what's done is done" Act 3, Scene 2, Line 12 Lady M - she's apparently dealing with the guilt of killing Duncan better than her husband and wants them to just forget about it. Maccy B has other ideas...
"O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!" Act 3, Scene 2, Line 36 Macbeth - he's found that killing Duncan hasn't brought him the happiness he thought it would as there's always more ppl to kill and he's bare anxious. Theme of mental illness?
"the bat hath flown", "black Hecat", "there shall be done a deed of dreadful note" Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 40-4 Macbeth - semantic field of the supernatural, he's aware that what he's doing is "dreadful"
"Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck" Act 3 Scene 2, Line 45 Macbeth - he's flyin soloooooo
"Which of you have done this?" Act 3, Scene 4, Line 47 Macbeth - seeing Banquo's ghost scare the shit out of him and he gets all paranoid. Guilty conscience?!
"I am in blood stepped in so far, that...returning were as tedious as go o'er" Act 3, Scene 4, Lines 135-7 Macbeth - He's decided to go back to the 3 witches which isn't a great idea, and has decided that he may as well just keep killing man
"How did you dare to trade and traffic with Macbeth in riddles and affairs of death..." Act 3, Scene 5, Lines 3-5 Hecat - speaks in rhyme like the other witches. Getting all sassy and queen-witch ting. Presents the witches as mischevious, meddling creatures
"Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble." Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 10-1 Witches - dem witches r spittin barz. Very magicky
"Something wicked this way comes." Act 4, Scene 1, Line 46 Witch (referring to Maccy B) - the witches, arguably the most inherently evil creatures in the play, are calling Macbeth wicked. He's baaaare evil
Maccy B: "Then live Macduff; what need I fear of thee? But yet I'll make assurance double sure..." Act 4, scene 1, line 81-2 Macbeth is putting his faith in the witches which seems to be a pretty dumb move js (is he dizzy?) He also shows his aggression in wanting to kill Macduff anyway
Maccy B: "That will never be. Who can impress the forrest, bid the tree...?" Act 4, scene 1, line 94-5 Macbeth is spittin barz like the witches! He is becoming evil
Macbeth: "And damned all those that trust them." (Referring to the witches) Act 4, scene 1, line 138 If damned be all those who trust them then surely Macbeth is damned lol. His ambition leads him to trust them and foreshadows his downfall
Macduff: "Of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils to top Macbeth." Act 4, scene 3, line 55-6 Other characters see Macbeth as an EVIL TYRANT
Ross: "your wife and babes savagely slaughtered." Act 4, scene 3, line 203-4 Shows Macbeth's evil and his butchery which would shock the audience
Lady Macbeth: "Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?" Act 5, scene 1, line 38-9 Lady M is overwhelmed by guilt and starts going all crazy n shit
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