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Significant Quotes!

In the sixteenth century, the English felt that Latin had an appeal to it. They had a weak opinion of their own language and admired the class of the Romans. As a result, the vocabulary and grammatical structures of English were extended creating more variety and synonyms.
Due to the wordiness of Shakespeare, some parts of his plays are often misunderstood. Hopefully, this will assist in a better understanding of the play for those who are confused by the complexity of Shakespeare's word-play.

  • (I,iii,143-4)

    "If chance will have me king,why, chance may crown me without my stir."

    Macbeth's true thoughts and desires are frightening, even he, himself, tries to reject them. He declares that he will leave everything to chance. Basically, he claims that whatever happens will happen and he will let it be. We all know, however, that this is not the case.

  • (I,iv,12-14)

    "There's no art
    To find the mind's construction in the face
    He was a gentleman on whom I built
    An absolute trust."

    Duncan's words can be applied to other happenings in the play. In these lines he is speaking about Macbeth. Duncan thinks Macbeth is a worthy gentleman to trust. However, things are not what they seem. This links to the words spoken by the three witches in the first scene of the play:

    "Fair is foul and foul is fair."

  • (III,i,1-3)

    "Though hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
    As the weird women promis'd; and, I fear,
    Though play'dst most foully for't."

    Banquo begins to suspect Macbeth. He also thinks about the prophecy for his own children and it gives him hope. Macbeth thinks about the prophecies as well. He plots to murder Banquo and Fleance in order to keep his crown.

  • (III,v,136-138)

    "All causes shall give way: I am in blood
    Stepp'd in so far, that, should I wade no more,
    Returning were as tedious as go o'er."

    Macbeth declares to Lady Macbeth that things will go the way he wants it to go. Sadly, in Macbeth's mind, turning back would be as troublesome as starting this evilness in the first place.

  • (V,v,17-28)

    "She would have died hereafter;
    There would have been a time for such a word.
    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable for recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out,out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more; it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

    Macbeth speaks of Lady Macbeths passing with bitterness. In his soliloquy, he says she would have died sooner or later and that he would have had to experience her passing at some time or other. He bitterly says that day after day passes until everything ends. Every day that has passed as given light to fools on their way to death. A life is born and then dies which Macbeth sees as pointless. It is insignificant in his eyes. This is why he does not mourn for his wife.

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