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Important Quotes and Meanings of Act 5 - Macbeth.

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Important Quotes and Meanings of Act 5 Quote Scene, Line Number Explanation Why, it stood by her: she has light by her continually; 'tis her command. i, 22-23 Lady Macbeth has ordered that she continually be around light as she has been in darkness for so long. Out, damned spot! out, I say! One; two: why, then 'tis time to do 't. Hell is murky! Fie, my lord - fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need to we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? i, 34-37 Lady Macbeth imagines blood stained on her hands, signifying her guilt. She repeatedly relives the night Duncan was killed as she remembers ringing the bell twice. ...read more.

Middle

Foul whisperings are abroad. Unnatural deeds Do breed unnatural troubles; infected minds To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets. More needs she the divine than the physician. i, 68-71 Horrible rumours are going around as deeds against nature have created strange problems. The troubled minds have no one to confess their secrets to. Lady Macbeth needs a priest, not a physician. Now does he feel his title Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe Upon a dwarfish thief. ii, 20-22 Macbeth has stolen a title that is far too honourable for him, which he will never be able to fit into. I have liv'd long enough: my way of life is fall'n into the sere, the yellow leaf; and that which should accompany old age, as honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; iii, 22-26 The way Macbeth has been living (murdering, guiltiness) ...read more.

Conclusion

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day v, 19-20 Everyday is filled with more horrors. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. v, 22-23 Macbeth is a fool for having taught 'bloody instructions' that will end up leading him to his own death. Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more; v, 24-26 Life has no real reality, as it is just a musician or actor that pretends to be something else in reality, but then ends quickly. I 'gin to be aweary of the sun. And wish the estate o' the world were now undone. v, 49-50 Macbeth wishes for death and for the whole world as well as the world is essentially good therefore Macbeth has no place in it. ...read more.

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