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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