Animalistic QuotesWhat are the animalistic quotes in the play? I know there are a lot of quotes, but it would be helpful to know where they are mostly located at least; it takes a while to find...

Animalistic Quotes

What are the animalistic quotes in the play? I know there are a lot of quotes, but it would be helpful to know where they are mostly located at least; it takes a while to find every single quote.

Thanks in advance.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Here's a good site that will help you find and locate quotations quickly:

http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/play_view.php?WorkID=macbeth&Scope=entire&pleasewait=1&msg=pl

For example, I typed in the word "dog," and here is the first passage that turned up; it is brimming with references to animals:

Second Witch. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake; 1560
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble, 1565
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

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

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You are right in stating that there are many quotes about animals in Shakespeare's Macbeth. One appears in Act I, Scene II when the sergeant is speaking to Duncan:

As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.

Another place where animals are mentioned is in the conversation between Ross and the Old Man (Act II, Scene IV). Both men are talking about how nature seems to be "out of whack." Here, the Old Man mentions the fact that Duncan's horse have begun to eat each other.

'Tis said they eat each other.

 

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