MacBeth Act 3-5 Test Review
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"Upon my head they place a fruitless crown, / And put a barren scepter in my grip, / Thence to be wrenched by an unlineal hand, / No son of mine succeeding. If't be so, / For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind, / For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered, / Put rancors in the vessel of my peace / Only for them" (3.1.63-70)
They gave me a crown and a scepter that I can't pass on. Someone outside my family will take these things away from me, since no son of mine will take my place as king.
"It will have blood; they say, 'blood will have blood'" (3.4.124)
There's an old saying: the dead will have their revenge.
"I am in blood / Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er" (3.4.138-139)
Macbeth is saying that he is stuck, and can neither go back nor forward. He is forced to stand his ground, since he has made his decision to kill Duncan
"How did you dare / to trade and traffic with Macbeth / In riddles and affairs of death" (3.5.3-5)
How dare you give Macbeth riddles and prophecies about his future without telling me?
"I have done no harm. But I remember now / I am in this earthly world, where to do harm / Is often laudable, to do good sometime / Accounted dangerous folly" (4.2.70-73)
I haven't done anything wrong. But I have to remember that I'm here on Earth, where doing evil is often praised, and doing good is sometimes a stupid and dangerous mistake.
"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!" (5.1.30)
"Here's the smell of blood still. All the / perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand" (5.1.42-43)
"If thou be'st slain and with no stroke of mine, / My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still" (5.7.17-18)
"Our fears in Banquo/ stick deep, and in his royalty of nature" (3.1 52-53)
"We have scorched the snake, not killed it.
She'll close and be herself whilst our poor malice
Remains in danger of her former tooth." (3.2 15-19)
We have slashed the snake but not killed it. It will heal and be as good as new, and we'll be threatened by its fangs once again.
"Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er" (3.4 170)
"Let every soldier hew him down a bough/ And bear 't before him. Thereby shall we shadow the numbers of our host..."
"That fled the snares of watchful tyranny, Producing forth the cruel ministers..." (5.8 80)
Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.
Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
Yet grace must still look so. (4.3 28-30)
I have supped full with horrors.
Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts
Cannot once start me. (5.5 15) *Metaphor
"..when we hold rumor
From what we fear, yet know not what we fear,
But float upon a wild and violent sea.." (4.2 25)
"His secret murders sticking on his hands... Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe
Upon a dwarfish thief." (5.2 20)
Now Macbeth feels the blood of his murdered enemies sticking to his hands... Now he seems too small to be a great king, like a midget trying to wear the robes of a giant.
"As our rarer monsters are,
Painted on a pole, and underwrit,
"Here may you see the tyrant." (5.8 30)
Lady Macduff wished that Macduff would not take over flying by himself - he practically betrayed his family