Help with Lady Macbeth QuotesCan someone help me with Lady Macbeth quotations that display ambition, greed, temptation, power and paranoid.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Lady Macbeth realizes that she has lost at the end.  However, in the beginning she seems to think that she is invincible.

What beast was't then
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man;(55)
And, to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man. (Act 1, Scene 7)

This quote demonstrates that she does not seem to think her husband can accomplish what she wants him to, and she wants him to be a man because she is more of a man than he is, according to her.  She is goading him, and he falls for it.

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One of my favorites:

...Yet do I fear thy nature,
It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.

Here we see a great example of Lady Macbeth's ambition. She is fearful that Macbeth is too kind to "catch the nearest way", i.e. to take the quickest and most ruthless path to the throne.

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

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She also tells her husband,

"look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it." 

and

"Screw your courage to the sticking post and we will not fail." 

Both of these quotes come from her when he is giving reasons for not going through with the plan to murder Duncan...he has second thoughts, and she encourages him to follow through.  Basically, she gives him the "are you a man or a mouse" speech and he goes along with her.

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Lady Macbeth opens with a quote that supports her ambition for her husband:

"Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this." 
fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?--Yet who would have thought the old man
to have had so much blood in him." 

She has shown her paranoia from the results of her and her husband's actions.

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lifeandlove | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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She also tells her husband,

"look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it." 

and

"Screw your courage to the sticking post and we will not fail." 

Both of these quotes come from her when he is giving reasons for not going through with the plan to murder Duncan...he has second thoughts, and she encourages him to follow through.  Basically, she gives him the "are you a man or a mouse" speech and he goes along with her.

For the first quote... what act, scene, and line is it?

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