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Shakespeare's Tragedies: Prof. Giordano ENG 302: Macbeth

Famous Quotes from Macbeth

Before you begin your research, try your hand at these quotes.

Who said it? 

  1. All hail Macbeth, thou shalt be King hereafter!
    (Act 1, Scene 3)

  2. yet do I fear thy nature;/It is too full o' the milk of human kindness/To catch the nearest way
    (Act 1, Scene 5)

  3. Is this a dagger which I see before me,/The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
    (Act 2, Scene 1)

  4. Had he not resembled/My father as he slept, I'd done it.
    (Act 2, Scene 2)

  5. Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,/As the weird women promised,
    and I fearThou play'dst most foully for't;
    (Act 3, Scene 1)

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Is Macbeth a Play about Evil?

Definition of EVIL

1a : morally reprehensible : sinful, wicked <an evil impulse>
 b : arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct <a person of evil reputation>
2a archaic : inferior
 b : causing discomfort or repulsion : offensive <an evil odor>
 c : disagreeable <woke late and in an evil temper>
3a : causing harm : pernicious <the evil institution of slavery>
 b : marked by misfortune : unlucky
-from Miriam-Webster Dictionary Online.
Is Macbeth sinful and wicked ( definition 1)  or merely marked by misfortune (definition 3)?
How does evil permeate the characters and the play?

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Quotes Answer Box

  1. Third Witch
  2. Lady Macbeth
  3. Macbeth
  4. Lady Macbeth
  5. Banquo

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Who embodied evil more?

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Macbeth: 2 votes (20%)
Lady Macbeth: 3 votes (30%)
Both were equally evil: 5 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 10