Macbeth Act I Quotes Explained
1st quote Act I.2
lines 22-23 “Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’
chops, And fixed his head upon our battlements.”
is speaking to Malcolm and Duncan. The captain has been wounded in
battle and Duncan and Malcolm want to hear the story of how the
battle has been going.
Captain is bloody and hurt. He told Duncan and Malcolm about how
brave Macbeth was killing Macdonwald by splitting him open and
sticking his head on their castle walls.
learn that the captain must be very brave to be bleeding and hurt
and still not take credit for his brave actions but to tell them
of another person's brave actions at the battle he was just at.
2nd quote Act I.3 lines 41-43 “that look not th’
inhabitants o’ th’ earth, and yet are on ‘t? -Live you? Or are
you aught that man may question?
is speaking to three witches is that he and Macbeth see while
is not sure if they are real or not. They look like women but they
also have beards which confuses him and he wonders if they are
human at all or if they are not from this Earth.
learned that Banquo is curious and likes to see all the facts of
the situation before he allows himself to believe anything that
people say or do. He is a cautious man.
3rd quote Act I.3 lines 71-73 “Stay, you
imperfect speakers, tell me more. By Sineal’s death I know I am
thane of Glamis. But how of Cawdor? The thane of Cawdor lives.”
is speaking to the three witches trying to see if they are aware
of the situation he does not understand.
is trying to understand how he could ever become King he feels it
is completely impossible. He doesn't know how he could have
possibly inherited some new title and wants to know where the
strange witches learn this information.
is confused and is trying to understand how three bearded witches
would ever know something he did not. He is unsure about whether
to trust three witches and is completely confused.
4th quote Act I.3 lines 137-139 “Whose horrid
image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs,
against the use of nature?
is speaking to himself wondering if one part of the witches
prophecy is true if the other part is true as well.
is thinking how horrible he is about even considering murdering
King Duncan. It is such a horrifying thought that his hair stands
on the ends and his heart beats too fast.
is trying to be a loyal subject of King Duncan but he likes the
idea of being King and is a little power-hungry but the idea
scares him that he would have to kill the King to make this
prophecy of the witches happen.
5th quote Act I.4 lines 11-15 “There is no art
to find the minds construction in the face. He was a gentleman on whom
I built an absolute trust.”
is speaking to Malcolm the King is wondering if the thane of
Cawdor had been executed yet for being a traitor.
Duncan feels deceived because he trusted the traitor. He is
thinking that there is no way to know by looking at his face and
that he trusted him completely.
Duncan trust his loyal subjects that are supposed to have his back
in battle and feel stupid and deceived for not recognizing that he
was a traitor beforehand.
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