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"Stars hide your fires,let not lights see my black and deep desires"

Witches told Macbeth their predictions.

He secretly wants this

He knows it is wrong to want this


"Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, And put a barren spectre in my gripe"


He has no children

Strikes his strength

Leads him to kill Banquo


"I am in blood stepped in so far, that should I wade no more."

Trapped in a cycle of violence

Becoming paranoid

Not secure on throne

Can't conceal horror at banquet
Guests becoming suspicious


"I have lived long enough. My way of life is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf; And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have."

Lost everything:
Good circle of friends
Happy marriage
Self respect

Gave it all up to be King and become a murderer

Separated himself/deeply unhappy/unfulfilled


"Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,"

Wasn't worth the struggle to obtain throne

Everything is meaningless


"Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it."

He wants greatness

He has Ambition but doesn't have it within him to murder

Lady Macbeth persuaded him to go through with murder


"This is a sorry sight"

Committed deadly sin

Hands are covered in blood

Instant guilt

Horrid/wretched sight


"To be thus is nothing But to be safely this."

Has the throne

Can't enjoy it

Filled with fear and anxiety

Scared someone will find out


"O valiant cousin, a worthy gentleman"

Duncan says to Macbeth

Proud he won in the battle

Shows he is loyal to King

Ironic as Macbeth later murders Duncan


"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash the blood clean from my hand"

Overwhelmingly guilty

All the water in the world couldn't cleanse him from this terrible sin

How wrong is actions were


'Fair is foul and foul is fair"

Establishes the atmosphere

Dark and sinister

Introduces theme of the supernatural

Thunder and lightning

Witches play a major part in Macbeths downfall


"For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name."

Courageous warrior

Loyal to the King

Highly respected for risking his life on the battlefield

Admirable, noble and distinguished solider