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“Is this a dagger which I see before me”
Macbeth hallucination - evil beckoning him (2.1.33)
“The wine of life is drawn”
Macbeth faking sadness over Duncan’s death. (2.3.88)
“If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well It were done quickly.”
Macbeth's soliloquy of isolation – contemplating Duncan’s murder. (1.7.3)
“dare look in that Which might appal the devil”
Macbeth = I am brave enough to look on something which the devil would not be brave enough to look on.(3.4.58-59)
“never shake Thy gory locks at me!”
Macbeth has seen Banquo’s ghost. (3.4.50)
“We are yet but young in deed”
Macbeth says to LM = we are beginners in crime. (3.4.144)
“Be innocent of the knowledge”
Macbeth tells LM as she doesn’t of Banquo’s death.(3.2.45)
“Disguising what they are”
Macbeth shows evidence of concealment and conception. (3.2.36)
“I am in blood Stepped in so far that should I wade no more”
Macbeth is amoral here, he has spilt so much blood that to spill more would make no difference. (3.4.137)
“I’ll make assurance double sure”
Macbeth makes sure Macduff is out of the way - shoes his depth of brutailty. (4.1.82)
“Tell me if your art can tell so much”
Macbeth's desire for supernatural knowledge - he is slipping from the normal world to something much darker. (4.1.100)
“His wife, his babes and all unfortunate souls”
Macbeth giving the order = killing Macduff household, showing him as amoral and his depth of brutality. (4.1.151)
“O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!”
Macbeth's echoes of darkness. (3.2.36)
“the yellow leaf”
Macbeth's decay suggests he is not invincible + immortal (5.3.23)
"life's but a walking shadow, signifying nothing"
Macbeth's nihilistic response to Lady Macbeth's death, Macbeth turned cold, break down of his former character, careless thoughts over his actions (5.5.27)
"Macbeth does murder the sleep, the innocent sleep"
sleep referring to his own peace, sleep seen as a time for the soul to rest, heavenly, destroying himself
"let light not see my black and deep desires"
Let Macbeth actions be forever unseen, Macbeth can't bear to face his own sins, talking to God- light?
"I have thee not, and yet i see thee still"
Macbeth losing grip on control and sanity, emphasis on the supernatural, Macbeth imagining dagger?