Macbeth Act 1

Macbeth Act 1

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  • Judgement
  • "But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We'd jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgment here."
  • "If the assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch With his surcease success."
  • Only Ambition
  • That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself And falls on the other
  • "And pity, like a naked new-born babe, Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, horsed Upon the sightless couriers of the air, Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,"
  • Manipulation
  • Prithee, peace. I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none
  • "Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since? And wakes it now, to look so green and pale At what it did so freely?"
  • Macbeth wishes that the murder of Duncan would come with out consequences, but he knows that isn't the case
  • Doubt 
  • "When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more that what you were, would Be so much more the man."
  • Many people love Duncan and is death would bring sorrow. Macbeth has only the reason to kill Duncan, his ambition
  • The plan
  • We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we'll not fail. When Ducan is asleep-
  • Will I with wine and wassail so convince That memory, the warder of the brain, Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason A limbeck only. What cannot you and I perform upon The unguarded Duncan? What not put upon His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt Of our great quell?
  • Lady Macbeth scolds Macbeth for his lack of resolve 
  • Deceit
  • When we have marked with blood those sleepy two Of his own chamber and used their very daggers, That they have dont't?
  • As we shall make our griefs and clamour roar Upon his death?
  • Lady Macbeth has won the agrument, but Macbeth still has doubt
  • If we should fail?
  • Lady Macbeth reassures Macbeth that they will succeed. She tells him what they must do for their accession to the throne
  • Lady Macbeth plans to Display grief so all suspicion will divert from them. Macbeth repeats his wive's advice to put on a mask of deceive
  • Away, and mock the time with fairest show: False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
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