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Flashcards in Macbeth - Character Deck (13):

Act 1, Scene 2

Brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name/Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel/smoked with blood execution - Sergeant


Act 1, Scene 3

Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more


Act 1, Scene 4

The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires


Act 2, Scene 1

There’s no such thing/It is the bloody business which informs/Thus to mine eyes


Act 3, Scene 1

To be thus is nothing/But to be safely thus.—Our fears in Banquo stick deep

They hail’d him father to a line of kings/Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/And put a barren sceptre in my gripe


Act 3, Scene 2

O , full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife


Act 3, Scene 4

It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood

Now I am cabin’d, cribb’d, confined, bound in/To saucy doubts and fears

There the grown serpent lies;the worm that’s fled/Hath nature that in time will venom breed

safe in a ditch he bides, with twenty trenched gashes on his head


Act 4, Scene 1

The castle of Macduff I will surprise, seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword his wife, his babes’


Act 4, Scene 5

I have supp’d full with horrors;direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts cannot once start me


Act 5, Scene 6

They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly,/ But, bear-like, I must fight the course. What’s he/ That was not born of woman? Such a one am I to fear, or none


Act 5, Scene 8

Why should I play the Roman fool, and die on mine own sword? whiles I see lives, the gashes do better upon them


Act 1, Scenes 5-7

Why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix me hair and make me seated heart knock at my ribs against the use of nature?

My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother’d in surmise

we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague the inventor

Prithee, peace/I dare do all that may become a man

we will proceed no further in this matter

Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself


Lady Macbeth’s description

yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness