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  • "For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)... Till he unseamed him from the nave to th' chops, And fixed his head upon our battlements."(1.2.18)
  • "O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!".(1.2.26)
  • "A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap, And munched, and munched, and munched. “Give me,” quoth I. “Aroint thee, witch!” the rump-fed runnion cries. Her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o' th' Tiger; But in a sieve I’ll thither sail, And like a rat without a tail, I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do.". (1.3.4)  "Though his bark cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest-tossed.".(1.3.25)
  • “If chance have me king, why chance may crown me without my stir"(1.3.156)
  • "(aside) Two truths are told, As happy prologues to the swelling act Of the imperial theme....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, Against the use of nature? Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings. My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man That function is smothered in surmise, And nothing is but what is not.".(1.3.139)
  • The quote from the wounded captain conveys that Macbeth is a very strong Scottish general who is brave and loyal to his King. This quote also depicts Macbeth as a valiant soldier, who courageously challenges and defeats the Norwegian forces on the battlefield. In addition, the quote from King Duncan indicates that Macbeth is admired and revered by him. 
  • "(Aside to Macbeth) That, trusted home, Might yet enkindle you unto the crown, Besides the thane of Cawdor. But ’tis strange. And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray ’s In deepest consequence." (1.3.131)
  • The quote from the First Witch shows the witches' vindictive nature and their very evil character. The First Witch wants to take revenge on a woman by punishing her husband as the woman refused to give chestnuts to the Witch. Nevertheless, the First Witch's reaction is shocking, and is disproportionately cruel because her plans to punish her husband is very cruel and not equivalent. This conveys that the witches are very malevolent, and that the people who meet these three witches will become unhappy including Macbeth which is also foreshadowing his tragic end. 
  • "There's no art To find the mind's construction in the face. He was a gentleman on whom I built An absolute trust. ".(1.4.13)
  • Macbeth's soliloquies reveal changes in his personality. He was a valiant soldier loyal to his king. But as he began to believe the witches' prophecies, he gets more and more into the thought of fulfilling the prophecies on his own. in other words, he began to grow his ambition to gain power and eventually come up with the idea of murdering King Duncan in order to seize the crown. Also, the fact that he believes the witches' prophecies, is an indication of his gullible nature.
  • "(aside) The prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand, yet let that beWhich the eye fears, when it is done, to see"(1.4.56)
  • The passage on the left shows that Banquo is a very careful and observant man who still does not trust the witches' prophecies, unlike Macbeth. In addition, he warns that the witches may tell truths and earn our trust, in order to lure innocent into great consequences of wrong and evil acts. So that they can "win us to our harm"(1.3.134). This shows that Banquo can judge things calmly.
  • The quote from King Duncan shows that he trusts other people easily by just looking at their appearance and their attitude because he is a kind and generous person. He is not as observant as Banquo. As a result, he is having second thoughts about being too trusting and realising that it is impossible to know people's true personalities by reading their faces.  
  • This quote from Macbeth shows his determination of murdering King Duncan. This is because King Duncan decided to name Malcolm as the Prince of Cumberland and heir to the crown of Scotland. Macbeth realised that he will not be given the throne without his interference. As a result, he began to grow his ambition to gain power by murdering King Duncan. This shows that Macbeth begins to become a tragic hero, as he becomes single minded about obtaining power and seizing the crown.
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