Macbeth. Significant quotes and their meanings from Acts 1-5.

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“There ‘s daggers in men’s smiles”. – ( Quote Act II, Sc. III).

“what ‘s done is done". Macbeth ( Quote Act III, Scene II).

“I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none”. Macbeth Quote  (Act I, Sc. VII).

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair”. – ( Quote Act I, Scene I).

“I bear a charmed life”. Macbeth Quote (Act V, Sc. VIII). 

“Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.” Macbeth Quote (Act I, Scene V).

“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red” Macbeth Quote (Act II, Sc. II). 

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” Macbeth Quote (Act IV, Scene I).

“Out, damned spot! out, I say!” – ( Quote Act V, Scene I).

“All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” Macbeth Quote (Act V, Sc. I).

“When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly ‘s done,
When the battle ‘s lost and won”. Macbeth Quote (Act I, Scene I).

“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me”. Macbeth Quote (Act I, Scene III).

“Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it; he died as one that had been studied in his death to throw away the dearest thing he owed, as ‘t were a careless trifle”. – ( Quote Act I, Sc. IV).

“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.” Macbeth Quote (Act I, Scene V).

“I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on the other.” – ( Quote Act I, Scene VII).

“Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?” Macbeth Quote (Act II, Scene I).

“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Macbeth Quote (Act V, Scene V).

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Macbeth. Significant quotes and their meanings from Acts 1-5.

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1. “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” is stated in line 10 by the witches in the opening of the play. The significance of this paradox is that it sets us up for the doubleness of the play. It means what is fair to the witches is foul to man.

2. “Though his bark cannot be lost, / Yet it shall be tempest-tossed,” is stated in lines 24 and 25 by the first witch while she and the other witches are discussing a recent experience of hers with a sailor. The significance is that it gives us insight on the capabilities of the witches. It means the first witch can’t destroy the sailor’s boat, but she can make him miserable with a storm, meaning witches can only play with man, not destroy him.

3. “So foul and fair a day I have not seen,” is

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It means that if Macbeth is going to commit murder, he assumes he might as well do it quickly, before he loses his nerve.

12. “Bloody instructions, which being taught, return / To plague the inventor,” is stated in lines 9 and 10 by Macbeth while he contemplates the murder of Duncan. The significance is that Macbeth is only human, he knows right from wrong, and has fear and doubts of committing wrong. It means since we are taught to murder, murder will eventually come back to us.

13. “I have given suck, and know / How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me; / I would, while it was smiling in my face. / Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, / And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you / Have done to this,” is stated in lines 54 through 59 by Lady Macbeth while she tries to build confidence in Macbeth, trying to convince him to be unafraid like her. The

significance is that Lady Macbeth could never break her promises/vows. The meaning includes Lady Macbeth giving an example to Macbeth of how loyal she feels she must remain in keeping a promise. She says that even though she knows the pleasure of nursing a child, if promised to kill him, she will, even if he is looking up at her smiling.

14. “False face must hide what the false heart doth know,” is stated in line 82 by Macbeth while he concludes that he must commit the murder of Duncan. The significance is that he comes to the

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