Macbeth Act 2 Important Lines

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  • Come to me dagger, let me hold you in my hand
  • I wish these horrible dreams would let me sleep
  • Now go wash the blood off of your hands!
  • "Is this a dagger which I see before me,/The handle toward my hand?/Come, let me clutch/thee." (II.i.44-46) This scene shows how much the plan to kill Duncan has taken over Macbeth's thoughts, leading him to imagine daggers that don't exist. 
  • If I told a woman the news she would faint!
  • "And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers,/Restrain in me the cursèd thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose." (II.i.9-11) In this scene, Banquo speaks of his inability to sleep due to the nightmares that haunt him. 
  • My hands are bloody too, but it would be shameful to be as cowardly as you
  • "And wash this filthy witness from your hand." (II.ii.61) This image displays a nervous Macbeth being told to wash the blood of his crime off of his hands in order to conceal what he's done. 
  • Give me the daggers and let me finish what you've started
  • "O gentle lady, ’Tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition in a woman’s ear Would murder as it fell." (II.iii.96-99) This image shows Macduff telling Lady Macbeth that he thinks she is too fragile to hear that Duncan has been murdered, even though she was central in his murder.
  • "My hands are of your color, but I shame To wear a heart so white."(II.ii.82-83)  After Lady Macbeth returns the daggers to the body of Duncan, she tells Macbeth, both with blood covered hands, that she is ashamed of his cowardice towards the murder.
  • "Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures. ’Tis the eye of childhood That fears a painted devil." (II.ii.68-71) In this scene, Lady Macbeth once again calls her husband a coward and decides to finish staging the murder of Duncan for him. 
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