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The eye wink at the hand

"The eye wink at the hand. Yet let that be, which the eye fears, when it is done, to see." Macbeth. Do not let the eye see what the hand is about to do, yet no matter how terrible it looks (killing Duncan), I really want it to happen.


Vaulting ambition

"Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself" Macbeth. Like someone who tries too enthusiastically to leap onto a horses back but ends up leaping over the side of it, Macbeth is afraid that his ambition will lead to his own downfall.


Screw your courage

"Screw your courage to the sticking place." Lady Macbeth. This is a reference to a notch or mark on a crossbow or musical instrument, and the metaphor implies that Macbeth needs to arm himself with courage to do the deed.


Bend up each

"Bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat." Macbeth. Macbeth is convinced by his wife and is determined to strive with every part of his body to commit the horrible deed. He is probably following up on his wife's previous crossbow metaphor and bending up refers to string a bow.


Woman born

Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.”
The ‘bloody child’ is the second of the three apparitions that the witches conjure for Macbeth and it is perhaps the most famous. It tells Macbeth to be confident and without fear, for no person who is born of a woman can harm him. This convinces Macbeth that he is invincible as he would never be killed by another man. He chooses to neglect the first apparition which warned him of Macduff and doesn’t realize that the ‘bloody child’ is in fact the infant Macduff covered with the blood of the untimely ripped womb of his mother.


I bear a charmed life

"I bear a charmed life, which must not yield to one of woman born."


Macbeth shall never vanquished be until

Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him.


Look like the innocent flower

Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.”

This line is said by Lady Macbeth during a speech in which she is convincing her husband to pretend like a perfect host when King Duncan visits them to hide their true purpose of murdering Duncan. Hence she tells Macbeth to look like an innocent flower but be like the serpent which hides underneath it.


Art not without ambition

Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it.

you don’t lack ambition, but you don’t have the mean streak that these things call for.


That is a step

That is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies."

Malcolm is now the prince of Cumberland! To become king myself, I’m either going to have to step over him or give up, because he’s in my way.


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This tyrant

This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues,