Act 2 lines 6-9
Banquo says this to Fleance but more to himself. Fleance stirs in Banquo these thoughts and as a result hears Banquo speak his mind. This is significant because it is similar to Macbeth’s line on dark powers-these two are friends but each are given opposing sides of the prophecy. There is a link between them, both exposing their deep fears about the evils of the world and being scared of their future.
“A heavy summons lies like lead upon me, and yet I would not sleep.
Merciful powers, restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature gives
way to in repose!”
Act 1 lines 35-43
Lady Macbeth criticizes Macbeth about his change of mind on killing Duncan. She comes from many angles-his masculinity, the prize of the crown, her pride… I think this is the most important quote as it guides the story line on. Macbeth had nearly talked himself out of the murder and Lady Macbeth turns the situation full circle-she puts the plan into action. These two characters follow one another-later, Macbeth’s end shortly follows hers. As Macbeth breaks down with sights of the knife and ghosts floating, she proceeds in the same way with a guilt led break down-”Here’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” She signifies a great deal-the power of influence and suggestion, feminism, and she adds to the war like, savage atmosphere as even the women can be brutal and part of the tyranny. The twist of roles plays into the future of the play, it adds to the chaos in Scotland, and their demise is a result of the wife’s power hunger more than her husband’s. The thoughtful, kind motherly figure is diminished by Lady Macbeth when she causes the death of many and the downfall of two rulers.
Act 5 line 54
Siward says to the group of over throwers of Macbeth, “Here comes newer comfort.” I think this quote is important because although this group of people seem different, like a more civil kingdom will follow, I don’t see how the pattern will change. They did the same thing that has been happening(overthrowing the king) and have not broken the pattern for change.