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Chain of being quotes? (3)
- "sovereign flower, drown the weeds"
those against Macbeth are trying to restore order, 'weeds' indicate how Macbeth's evil has spread and impacted everyone. "Flower" juxtaposed with "weeds" reiterates the poor state that nature is in as a result of Macbeth's actions.
"Planted newly" the weeds and flower become an extended metaphor, that indicates the restoration of order in Scotland. Juxtaposes weeds.
- "Flourish" compliments "planted newly", "flower" and juxtaposes "weeds". Flourish is usually referred to plants "flourishing" and is used as a metaphor to communicate the restoration of order in Scotland.
Deception quotes? (2)
- "Fair is foul and foul is fair" equivocal language, conveys that things that are evil (foul) appear to be fair.
- "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it" innocent flower juxtaposes serpent, serpents are creatures related to the supernatural and malevolence.
Euphemisms for murder?
"great business", "filthy witness", "deed".
Equivocation quotes? (2)
- "fair is foul and foul is fair" conveys that things that are evil (foul) appear to be fair.
- "when the battles lost, and won" when the witches talk of when Macbeth will find them.
Macbeth's guilt quotes? (2)
- "can Neptune's ocean wash this blood from my hand?" Macbeth is forever impure after committing this obscene act, and nothing can purge him, not even divinity, conveyed through imagery of "Neptune's ocean".
- "in blood so far...returning were as tedious..." Macbeth regrets going forward with murdering Duncan, as now he cannot go back. Here Shakespeare conveys that once an individual commits an evil act in order to gain power, they have no choice but to face the repercussions in the same way.
L.M's guilt quotes?
- "All the perfumes of Arabia cannot sweeten this little hand." The hyperbole indicates L.M's guilt.
- "Noughts had, all spent...where desire is got without content." L.M has done everything to obtain the crown for her husband and yet feels it is for nothing.
Lady Macbeth's ambition? (2)
- “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promised.” The high modality and definite language paints a picture of Lady Macbeth as
- being arrogant, strong, determined and ambitious.
- "Chastise with the valour of my tongue" Lady Macbeth appears to be ambitious, wanting her husband to hurry home so she can persuade him into seizing the crown.
Towards the end of the play,
Malcolm describes Macbeth to Macduff as a “tyrant, whose sole name blisters our
tongues.” Shakespeare has used the imagery of disease to portray Macbeth as
having become vile and depraved, and the hyperbolic nature of the remark
signifies the extent to which Macbeth has changed. Thus, ambition has entailed
a course of becoming an unprincipled, evil and malignant murderer for Macbeth.
Midway through the play, Macbeth expresses his deteriorating mental
state by saying, “O, full of scorpions is my mind.” Shakespeare references animal imagery when using a metaphor to express the paranoia and guilt causes by his actions. The animal imagery of scorpions
connotes a deleterious and damaging effect that Macbeth’s guilty conscience has on his ability to behave and function as a human being.
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