'Macbeth' - Act 2 Key Quotations

"Sleep no more! Macbeth hath murdered sleep!"

- MACBETH -

CONTEXT:

Macbeth has just murdered his king and feels he can never rest again.

THEMES:

Sleep; Guilt

LANGUAGE:

Powerful verb = "murdered" - links to the action Macbeth has carried out.

Personification = sleep is a victim, just like Duncan.

"To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself."

- MACBETH -

CONTEXT:

Macbeth is struggling to come to terms with what he has done.

THEMES:

Fear; Thought; Guilt

LANGUAGE:

Repetition = "know" - Macbeth will obsess about thoughts.

Noun = "deed" - Macbeth will obsess about his actions.

Irony = "know myself" - Macbeth struggles with his own identity from this point onward.

"the wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees / is left this vault to brag of"

- MACBETH -

CONTEXT:

Duncan's body is discovered and Macbeth is either covering his guilt or admitting truths.

THEMES:

Duality

LANGUAGE:

Metaphor = "wine of life" - could mean blood, which would link to Duncan's death.

"Tis unnatural, even like the deed that's done"

- OLD MAN -

CONTEXT:

The rest of Scotland begin to see the unnatural effects of Macbeth's evil.

THEMES:

Nature; Actions

LANGUAGE:

Phrase = "deed that's done" - everyone knows that Macbeth killed Duncan. His actions can be seen by all.