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For brave Macbeth- well he deserves that name- disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel
An injured captain in Act One reports on Macbeth’s courage and skill in battle.
So foul and fair a day I have not seen
Macbeth’s opening line mirrors what the Witches in Act One, Scene One.
This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good
Macbeth can’t decide what he thinks of the Witches’ prophecies
If good, why do I yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs
This personification shows that Macbeth is both frightened and excited by the idea of killing King Duncan.
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised
Lady Macbeth hears of the Witches’ prophecies and immediately shares Macbeth’s ambition.
Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full of the milk of human kindness
This metaphor represents Lady Macbeth’s belief that her husband is not cruel or ruthless enough to get what he wants.
Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear
Lady Macbeth plans to manipulate Macbeth
The raven himself is hoarse, that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements
The ‘hoarse’ raven is the strong signal that Duncan will die.
Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here
Lady Macbeth calls upon supernatural forces to defeminise her and make her ruthless and powerful enough to murder.
Fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty
This metaphor shows how sinister and malevolent Lady Macbeth is.
Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.
Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth to be pleasant and welcoming to Duncan in order to lure him to his death.