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I need 10 important quotes from Macbeth and their meaning.

They have to tell the story and be relevant to each other. I just can't figure it out!! HELP!

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 30, 2011 at 6:12 AM (Answer #1)

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According to one of the main themes in Shakespeare's Macbeth, mental deterioration (insanity), one could easily link ten different quotes based on both the storyline and their relevance to each other.

1. Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.

In this quote, Macbeth's mental capacity is first able to be questioned. It is here that Macbeth first hallucinates. The hallucination serves two proposes: first, it foreshadows his own mental deterioration; second, it foreshadows Duncan's murder.

2. These deeds must not be thought
After these ways; so, it will make us mad.

In this quote, Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth not to think about the fact that he just murdered Duncan and that he cannot say "Amen." Again, Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to show the upcoming insanity which both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth will "suffer" from. Again, this quote supports the theme of mental instability.

3. “Glamis hath murder’d sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.”

As part of the mental deterioration, insomnia has a part in the play. While Macbeth claims that he has "murdered" his ability to sleep, later in the play Lady Macbeth is seen sleepwalking. This, like the other quotes, speaks to the insanity which both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth face in the play.

4. "O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!"

While speaking directly about Banquo, this quote also speaks, indirectly, to the fact that Macbeth's mind is poisoned. This admittance by Macbeth supports the fact that he is going insane.

5. MACBETH: The table’s full.
LENNOX: Here is a place reserved, sir.
MACBETH: Where?
LENNOX: Here, my good lord. What is’t that moves
your highness?
MACBETH: Which of you have done this?

Here, Macbeth has seen Banquo's ghost in his (Macbeth's) place at the table. No one else can see the ghost. This is by far one of the most poignant scenes where Macbeth's mental stability comes into question for those around him. The fact that he is, once again, seeing things speaks to his ever-declining mental stability.

6. "Saw you the weird sisters?"

Here, Macbeth is asking Lennox is he saw the witches. Lennox tells Macbeth that he had not. This conversation between Lennox and Macbeth calls question into the mind of Lennox about Macbeth's mental stability.

7. "Out, damned spot! Out, I say!"

Here, readers/watches of the play see Lady Macbeth's mental deterioration happen right in front of them. She is sleepwalking and trying to remove a spot of blood from her hand. The blood does not exist for anyone but Lady Macbeth. Her insanity is evident.

8. "Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds

To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets:"

Here, the doctor is declaring Lady Macbeth's infirmity as unnatural. Her "infected mind" speaks directly to her insanity.

9. "The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!"

Here, Macbeth is curing the messenger who is telling him that Birnam wood is coming towards the castle. This is impossible, according to Macbeth, and is mind is not able to wrap itself around the possibility.

10. "Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury."

This last quote speaks to the fact that Macbeth recognizes the fact that he is not of sound mind. It is the only time where Macbeth seems to accept what has happened and his insanity is what has led to this moment.

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