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Character & Motivation

Macbeth headshot



My Motto(s)
  • I dare do all that may become a man (1.7.46)
Also Called
  • brave Macbeth (1.2.16)
  • O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman! (1.2.24)
  • this fiend of Scotland (4.3.232)
  • Hell-hound (5.8.3)
  • this dead butcher (5.9.35)
  • Thane of Glamis (1.3.48)
  • Thane of Cawdor (1.3.49)
  • King hereafter (1.3.50)
My Quotes:

mock the time with fairest show: False face must hide what the false heart doth know. (1.7.82-3)

I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on th’other (1.7.25-8)

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Macbeth is an ambitious man, fated to be king. He starts the play as Thane of Glamis, but is told by the witches that he will soon be declared Thane of Cawdor and later King. His ambition is awakened by Lady Macbeth who suggests he should seize his destiny by murdering Duncan. Immediately after killing Duncan, he seems terrified that he cannot be forgiven for his actions. However, he becomes more and more willing to do anything to achieve his ambitions, even having his former friend Banquo killed. He becomes more arrogant and tyrannical after being told by the witches that he cannot be killed by anyone “of woman born”. His arrogance proves to be his downfall, and he is finally killed by Macduff.

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. Despair thy charm;
    And let the Angel, whom thou still hast serv’d,
    Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb
    Untimely ripp’d. (5.8.13-6)

  2. Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the Powers above
    Put on their instruments. (4.3.236-8)

  3. Be bloody, bold, and resolute: laugh to scorn
    The power of man, for none of woman born
    Shall harm Macbeth. (4.1.79-81)

  4. You lack the season of all natures, sleep. (3.4.140)

  5. You have displac’d the mirth, broke the good meeting
    With most admir’d disorder. (3.4.108-9)

  6. Thou hast it now, King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
    As the Weird Women promis’d; and, I fear,
    Thou play’dst most foully for’t. (3.1.1-3)

  7. My hands are of your colour; but I shame
    To wear a heart so white. (2.2. 64-5)

  8. Screw your courage to the sticking-place,
    And we’ll not fail. (1.7.61-2)

  9. When you durst do it, then you were a man
    And, to be more than what you were, you would
    Be so much more the man. (1.7.49)

  10. Your face, my Thane, is as a book, where men
    May read strange matters. (1.5.62-3)

  11. I have begun to plant thee, and will labour
    To make thee full of growing. (1.4.28-9)

  12. Good Sir, why do you start, and seem to fear
    Things that do sound so fair? (1.3.51-2)

  13. All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
    All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
    All hail, Macbeth! that shall be King hereafter. (1.3.48-50)