What are some significant quotes from Macbeth that result in significant consequences for the speaker and others?I have a five minute speech due. The question is: 'Prepare a 5 minute speech in...

What are some significant quotes from Macbeth that result in significant consequences for the speaker and others?

I have a five minute speech due.

The question is:

'Prepare a 5 minute speech in which you must persuade the audience that one of the main character's actions resulted in significant consequences for themselves and others.'

I've chosen to do Macbeth, so please help me with the quotes and meanings, so I can understand, please :)

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teachertaylor | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In Act 5, Lady Macbeth is seen by the doctor and her nurse saying, "Out, damned spot!"  This line reveals her guilt over having helped Macbeth murder King Duncan.  Lady Macbeth has learned that Banquo's family has been killed, and she suspects that Macbeth is responsible for the crime.  She knows that Lady Macduff was gentle and innocent, so she is horrified by her death.  At the beginning of the play, Macbeth hesitated to kill King Duncan, but Lady Macbeth chided his manhood and persuaded him to go through with the murder.  Maybe if she had not pushed him, Macbeth would have found some other way to gain the throne.  Now she knows that her actions have had dire consequences for herself, her husband, the people whom Macbeth has murdered, and the kingdom of Scotland as a whole.  Unable to deal with her guilt, Lady Macbeth commits suicide.

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I think this is an interesting assignment, so have fun with it!  I would suggest looking at Lady Macbeth.  She has a very important speech in Act I, Scene v, in which she decides that Duncan will be murdered while he is a guest in her home and that Macbeth will be convinced (against his better nature?) to commit the act.

She also calls on what appear to be forces of evil to assist her scheme.  It could be said that not only do these forces of evil assist Lady M, but that they take over the heart and mind of Macbeth too.  Pretty significant consequences (the death of King Duncan) that affect everyone in the play Macbeth.

Here's the quote:

The raven himself is hoarse

That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan

Under my battlements.  Come you spirits

That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,

And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full

Of direst cruelty!  Make thick my blood;

Stop up the access and passage to remorse,

That no compunctious visitings of nature

Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between

The effect and it!

Good luck with your speech!

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