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Macbeth

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“Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear/ Things that do sound so fair?” Banquo, reversal of morality (fair/foul reference)
“… look like the innocent flower,/ But be the serpent under’t.” Lady Macbeth, deceptive appearances
“… Come thick night/ And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,/ That my keen knife see not the wound it makes…” Lady Macbeth, petition to darkness
“Fair is foul and foul is fair…” witches, reversal of morality and influence of supernatural
“There's no art/ To find the mind's construction in the face./ He was a gentle man on whom I built/ An absolute trust.” Duncan, deceptive appearances
"The thane of Cawdor lives; why do you dress me/ In borrowed robes?” Macbeth, clothing imagery
“… I must report they were/ As cannons overcharged with double cracks… or memorize another Golgatha.” Captain/Sergeant, allusion and anachronism
"But, tis strange;/ And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/ The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/ Win us with honest trifles, to betray's/ In deepest consequence." Banquo, deceptive appearances and influence of supernatural
“This guest of summer,/ The temple-haunting martlet, does approve/ By his loved mansionry that heaven’s breath/ Smells wooingly here.” Banquo, Bird imagery
“Away, and mock the time with fairest show;/ False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” Macbeth, deceptive appearances
“To show an unfelt sorrow is an office/ Which the false man does easy.” Malcolm, deceptive appearances
“…Lest our old robes sit easier than our new.” Macduff, clothing imagery
“My hands are of your color, but I shame/ To wear a heart so white.” Lady Macbeth, color imagery
“Here lay Duncan,/ His silver skin laced with his golden blood…” Macbeth, color imagery
“Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor/ Shall sleep nor more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.” Macbeth, sleeplessness
“… and with those/ That would make good of bad, and friends of foes!” Old Man, reversal of morality
“A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,/ And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers/ Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature/ Gives way to in repose.” Banquo, sleeplessness
“There’s daggers in men’s smiles; the near in blood, the nearer bloody.” Donalbain, deceptive appearances
“I heard the owl cry…” Lady Macbeth, bird imagery
Now o’er one half-world/Nature seems dead and wicked dreams abuse/ The curtained sleep; witchcraft celebrates/Pale Hecate’s offerings; and withered murder/ Alarumed by his sentinel the wolf/ Whose howl‘s his watch thus his stealthy pace/With Tarquin’s... Macbeth, sleeplessness, allusion, animal imagery
"Tis safer to be that which we destroy/ Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy." Lady Macbeth, reversal of morality
“…my lord, sleek o’er your rugged looks…” Lady Macbeth, deceptive appearances
“Augures and understood relations have/ By maggot-pies and choughs and rooks brought forth/ The secret’st man of blood.” Macbeth, bird imagery and influence of supernatural
Tragedy dramatic or narrative writing in which the main character suffers disaster after a serious and significant struggle but faces his or her downfall in such a way as to attain heroic stature
iambic pentameter a line of verse having five metrical feet
blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
rhymed verse matching of sounds in two feet
prose any material not written in a regular meter
song lyric poem with repeating stanzas
anachronism the placing of an event, person, item, or verbal expression in the wrong historical time period
allusion a reference to a person, place, event, or another passage of literature within a work
equivocation telling some of the truth, but not the whole truth
pathetic fallacy personification where the writer ascribes human feelings to inanimate objects
“… by magic sleights/Shall raise such artificial sprites/ As by the strength of their illusion/ Shall draw him on to his confusion…” Heckate, influence of supernatural, deceptive appearances
“…and under him,/ My genius is rebuked, as it is said/ Mark Antony’s was by Caesar.” Macbeth, allusion
“He chid the sisters,/ When first they put the name of King upon me,/ And bade them speak to him; then prophetlike/ They hailed him to a line of kings.” Macbeth, influence of supernatural
“… Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep/ in the affliction of the terrible dreams/ That shake us nightly…” Macbeth, sleeplessness
“unsafe the while, that we must lave/ Our honors in these flattering streams/ And make our faces vizards to our hearts/ Disguising what they are.” Macbeth, deceptive appearances
“Thou hast it now; King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,/ As the weird women promised…” Banquo, influence of supernatural
“… better be with the dead,/ Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,/ Than on the torture of the mind to lie/ In restless ecstasy.” Macbeth, sleeplessness
“Double, double, toil and trouble,/ Fire burn and caldron bubble…” witches, influence of supernatural
“By the pricking of my thumbs,/ Something wicked this way comes.” Witches, irony
“Infected be the air whereon they ride/ And damned all those that trust them.” Macbeth, irony
“He wants the natural touch.: for the poor wren/ The most diminutive of birds, will fight,/ Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.” Lady Macduff, bird imagery
“But I do remember now/ I am of this earthly world, where to do harm/ Is often laudable, to do good sometimes/ A dangerous folly.” Lady Macduff, reversal of morality
“He [Macbeth] hath not touched you [Macduff] yet.” Malcolm, irony
“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.” Malcolm, allusion
“No, they [Macduff’s family] were at peace when I did leave ‘em.” Ross, equivocation
“Such welcomed and unwelcomed things at once/ Tis hard to reconcile.” Macduff, paradox
“Now does he feel his title/ Hang lose about him, like a giant’s robe/ upon a dwarfish thief.” Angus, clothing imagery
“If thou could’st, doctor, cast/ The water of my land, find her disease/ And purge it to a sound a pristine health, I would applaud thee…” Macbeth, irony
“Why should I play the Roman fool, and die/ On mine own sword?” Macbeth, allusion
“And be these juggling fiends no more believed,/ That palter with us in a double sense;/ That keep the word of promise to our ear,/ And break it to our hope.” Macbeth, deceptive appearances and influence of the supernatural
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