Mikei need help ASAP....i need quotes from macbeth on heroism...anything will help

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vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the most famous of all quotations about heroism in Macbeth (and the heroism of Macbeth) comes in Act 1, scene 2, when a sergeant describes how bravely Macbeth behaved in battle -- particularly in hand-to-hand combat with an opponent named Macdonwald:

Sergeant. Doubtful it stood;

As two spent swimmers, that do cling together

And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald—

Worthy to be a rebel, for to that

The multiplying villanies of nature

Do swarm upon him—from the western isles

Of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied;

And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling,

Show'd like a rebel's whore: but all's too weak:

For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—

Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,

Which smoked with bloody execution,

Like valour's minion carved out his passage

Till he faced the slave;

Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,

Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,

And fix'd his head upon our battlements.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Also consider this quote, which shows a great deal of strength and heroism. I will not yield, To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet, And to be baited with the rabble's curse. Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane, And thou opposed, being of no woman born, Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield! Lay on, Macduff, And damn'd be him that first cries, “Hold, enough!” I especially think the first line is convincing of heroism, even though we may not agree with his choices and actions. I also find the last three lines very powerful and convincing to Macbeth's bravery.
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Minor Heroism

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