I have my english exam tomorrow and i'll be writing an essay on macbeth (I dont know the topic yet) . So can you guys please tell me some of the most important macbeth quotes (quotes shouldn't be too long), which i can use in almost every topic?
for example .. "fair is foul ..." can be used in two different ways
1) shakespeare use of paradoxical imagery
2) Macbeth's relation with witches " so fair and foul a day..."
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This would be a really great discussion post rather than Q & A.
I love the quote "Out damn spot. Out" Macbeth says this in Act II after he kills Duncan. Lady Macbeth then uses it when she is sleepwalking in Act V. Both of these lines shows the blood on the hands as a symbol of guilt. It also illustrates that Macbeth has gone from being the most guilt-ridden character, coaxed by Lady Macbeth to kill to a character who makes all the decisions, plans and unilateraly murders. Lady Macbeth begins as the power-hungry one in the pair and becomes the docile, guilt-ridden Queen in the end of the novel who dies mysteriously.
My of my favorite quotes from Macbeth is, "Come, you spirits/ That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,". (I.V.41-42) This quote epitomizes the importance of being male in the text. Like many texts, the role of the man is central to many critical analyses.
Other than the traditional way of looking at this though, one could use it in pairing with the prophecy that Macbeth will be brought down by a man not born of woman. Hypothetically, if Lady Macbeth is able to "unsex" herself with the help of the spirits, she would then be a man not born to woman. This could then be used to add to Lady Macbeth's part in the undoing of Macbeth.
In regards to identifying Macbeth's tragic flaw, I would suggest the following from Act 1, Scene 7:
I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself / And fails on th' other--
This shows that Macbeth, himself, knows that his tragic flaw is "vaulting ambition," and that is what draws him to kill Duncan in order to become king himself.
[To a lesser degree, probably the most quoted albeit not the most important quote is by the witches from Act 4, Scene 1: "Double, double, toil and trouble; / Fire burn and cauldron bubble, ... Something wicked this way comes." Probably the most famous witches brew ever, and a good example of appearance vs. reality. Interesting their description of something wicked as Macbeth approaches, ... after they have planted the germ of evil.]
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