Macbeth Motif

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Macbeth Motif

On Tuesday last / A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place, / Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed" (II.iv.14-16)

Macbeth: Babies and Children Motif

Bird Quotes

"Hark!---Peace. / It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman, / Which gives the stern'st good-night. He is about it" (II.ii.4-6)

Multiple symbols are repeatedly seen during Shakespeare's play Macbeth. Birds along with babies and children are very prominent throughout. Birds have been seen to represent ill omens and have paralled significant deaths in the play. Babies and children can be seen as the ultimate sacrifice, representing how Macbeth and even Lady Macbeth have passed the point of no return, eliminating any chance at peace of mind even when their environments should have returned to normalicy despite their horrid and violent actions.

"The raven himself is hoarse / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan / Under my battlements" (I.V.45-47)

Babies and Children Quotes

"And pity, like a naked newborn babe, / Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin horsed / Upon the sightless couriers of the air, / Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, / That tears shall drown the wind" (I.vii.21-25)

“I have given suck, and know/How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me./I would, while it was smiling in my face,/Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums,/And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you/Have done to this” (I.vii.61-67)

"Or be alive again / And dare me to the desert with thy sword. / If trembling I inhabit then, protest me / The baby of a girl" (III.iv.125-128).

Macduff was from his mother's womb / Untimely ripped" (5.8.19-20)

"give to the edge o' th’ sword / His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls / That trace him in his line" (IV.i.172-174)

"Finger of birth-strangled babe / Ditch-delivered by a drab" (IV.i.30-31).

"Your highness' part / Is to receive our duties; and our duties / Are to your throne and state children and servants" (I.iv.26-28)

"Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn / The power of man, for none of woman born / Shall harm Macbeth" (IV.i.88-90)

"I will not yield / To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet/ And to be baited with the rabble's curse" (V.vii.32-34)


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