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What are some important quotes in Act 2, Scene 4 of Macbeth?

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vn5472 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 11, 2008 at 5:31 AM via web

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What are some important quotes in Act 2, Scene 4 of Macbeth?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 11, 2008 at 5:50 AM (Answer #1)

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In this scene, Ross and an Old Man speak of the wild and unnatural events that were observed during the course of the night and the day following Duncan's murder.  Macduff reveals that Duncan's son are suspected of murdering their father for want of the throne, and that Macbeth has gone to Scone to be installed as the King.  Macduff will not attend Macbeth's coronation (a slap in Macbeth's face), and he voices doubts about the new king's reign. 

As far as important quotes, I would remember some of the following:

Old Man:  ..."this sore night hath trifled former knowings"  (I have seen lots of nights in my long life, but last night was worse than any I have ever experienced).

Old Man:  "Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that's done." (the events of the night were unnatural like the fact that someone murdered the king...the events include Duncan's horses breaking free and eating each other, prey hunted the predators, etc.)

Macduff:  "Malcolm and Donalbain...are stol'n away and fled, which puts upon them suspicion of the deed."  (he informs Ross that they have been considered for the crime and they have fled the scene)

Macduff:  "Lest our old robes sit easier than our new!"  (after informing Ross that he will not go to the coronation and that he hopes things turn out OK there, otherwise Macbeth as king instead of Duncan, their new situations--new robes--may not suit them as well as their old ones did).

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