Macbeth Reading Notes-ACT IV

Meet Malcolm:

As always writing notes for this ACT I go multiple ways. I could do a summary, character analysis, but I decided to pick two three significant quotes to work through.

Malcolm (4, 3, 80): “Were I king,
I should cut off the nobles for their lands,
Desire his jewels and this other’s house:
And my more-having would be as a sauce
To make me hunger more; that I should forge
Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
Destroying them for wealth.

I here abjure
The taints and blames I laid upon myself,
For strangers to my nature.

My first false speaking
Was this upon myself: what I am truly,
Is thine and my poor country’s to command.”

 

Macbeth (4,1, 150): “Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits.

The flighty purpose never is o’ertook
Unless the deed go with it. From this moment
The very firstlings of my heart shall be
The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done:
The castle of Macduff I will surprise,
Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool.
This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool.
But no more sights!—Where are these gentlemen?
Come, bring me where they are.”
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