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Character & Motivation

Ross headshot



My Motto(s)
  • cruel are the times, when we are traitors, / And do not know ourselves (4.2.18-9)
Also Called
  • worthy Thane (1.2.49)
  • my ever gentle cousin (4.3.161)
  • Thane of Ross (1.2.46)
My Quotes:

Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward To what they were before. (4.2.24-5)

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Ross is a Scottish nobleman, and a relation of Macduff and his wife. He acts as a messenger repeatedly in the play, delivering the news of the Thane of Cawdor’s treachery to Duncan, announcing to Macbeth that he has been promoted to Thane, reporting to Macduff that his family has been slaughtered, and finally telling Seyward of his son’s death in battle.

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. O relation,
    Too nice, and yet too true! (4.3.173-4)

  2. Good God, betimes remove
    The means that makes us strangers! (4.3.162-3)

  3. I pray you, speak not; he grows worse and worse;
    Question enrages him. At once, good night:-
    Stand not upon the order of your going,
    But go at once. (3.4.117-10)

  4. Well, may you see things well done there:- adieu!-
    Lest our old robes sit easier than our new! (2.4.37-8)

  5. The Thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me
    In borrow’d robes? (1.3.8-9)

  6. What a haste looks through his eyes! So should he look
    that seems to speak things strange. (1.2.47-8)