Macbeth Most Important Quotes

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Most Important Quotes Quote 1 Line numbers: Act 1 Scene 5 40-41 First five words: “Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here” Context: This is said by Lady Macbeth, before any of the murders have taken place. It happens rather early in the play. Significance: Lady Macbeth, upon hearing that King Duncan is to stay the night in her castle, wants to kill him. She wants the strength to commit the murder. It is an odd quote because she is calling on the spirits to make her into more of a man and give her the power to do terrible things. When she asks to be "unsexed" she is asking to gain the typically male characteristics of violence and hatred and unfeeling. Quote 2 Line numbers: Act 2 Scene 1 33-34 First five words: “Is this a dagger which I see before me,/The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.” Context: Macbeth says this quote. This is right before Macbeth will kill Duncan. On his way to murder King Duncan, Macbeth sees the vision of the bloody dagger leading the way. Significance: It is clear that Macbeth is insane. Macbeth has been convinced into the action not by his own reasoning, but by his personal insecurities, played upon by his wife, the witches, and his own ambition. By the time Macbeth’s mind conjures up a dagger for him, he can see the murder as a conclusion, not a question for his consideration. Macbeth has a guilty conscience. He sees a vision of the murder weapon with which he killed the king. He wonders if the vision is supernatural or a delusion of his disturbed mind. Quote 3 Line numbers: Act 2 Scene 2 57-60 First five words: “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.” Context: Macbeth recites this quote after the killing of Duncan.
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