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Published: 01/06/2016
KS4 | Plays
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Key quotes from Macbeth

Key quotes from the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, organised into the following themes:

  • ambition/power
  • deception
  • guilt/paranoia
  • religion
  • good versus evil
  • supernatural
  • subverting expectations of gender at the time.

Example quotes

Quotations linked to the theme of ambition/power

Banquo • ‘What, can the devil speak true?’ His reaction when he hears Macbeth has been named Thane of Cawdor.

Quotes linked to the theme of guilt/paranoia

Macbeth • ‘Is this a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand?’ Macbeth hallucinates and sees a dagger on his way to kill Duncan.

Quotes linked to the theme of good versus evil

The Witches • ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair’. The witches’ philosophy on life, showing that nothing is ever what it seems.


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