English Quotes Revision :pen:
English Quotes Revision :pen:
"screw your courage to the sticking place" :hammer:
'sticking place' could be a euphemism for a penis, suggesting that Lady Macbeth is again questioning his masculinity.
"is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?" :dagger_knife:
the bloody dagger foreshadows both Duncan's death and Macbeth's moral demise.
"will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand" :sweat_drops:
this is juxtaposed by Lady Macbeth's statement where she says 'a little water clears us of this deed' indicating at this part of the play she has very little guilt. this shows that characters are a foil to each other.
"my hands are of your colour but I shame to wear a heart so white." :hand::skin-tone-2:
Lady Macbeth's continued anger at Macbeth, even after the murder, could be an early hint at remorse - she likens herself to him - they are both no longer pure and innocent
there's daggers in men's smiles :dagger_knife::smile::dagger_knife:
this striking image demonstrates how, in the world following Duncan's death, ambition and lust for power are thinly veiled behind a façade of kindness
"I fear thou played'st most foully for't" :flower_playing_cards:
Banquo's description of Macbeth's actions as 'foul' demonstrates that his pursuit of the throne is illegitimate and not granted by God as it ought to be according to the Devine Right Of Kings
"upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, and put a barren sceptre in my gripe" :crown:
the imagery of infertility demonstrates that his pursuit of the throne is illegitimate and not granted by God as it ought to be according to the Devine Right Of Kings
"O, full of scorpions is my mind dear wife!" :scorpion:
the image of the scorpion, which suggests a concealed type of violence, represents the duplicitous and immoral means Macbeth used to gain power
"I am in blood stepp'd in so far that, should i wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er" :footprints:
the play, like Macbeth, is 'stepp'd in' blood and violence, reinforcing Shakespeare's message about the chaos that awaits when the natural order is disrupted.
"Something wicked this way comes"
the acknowledgement of 'this way comes' creates threat in more than one way: firstly, the witches themselves could be interpreted as being concerned in some way. Secondly, as if the threat of Macbeth's social insurrection is intruding upon the audience themselves. Macbeth's actions threaten society itself
"I conjure you...Even till destruction sicken; answer me to what I ask you." :question:
Macbeth's use of imperative verbs show that he thins he is in control. the audience would recognise the irony of this as they realise /Macbeth's free will is questioned in the play
""[Enter a procession of 8 kings, (the last holding a mirror) and Banquo's ghost] :middle_finger::skin-tone-2:
the mirror can be seen as a metaphor for the searching of his soul the Macbeth does not undertake, he is blinded by his desire for power and security and does not take the opportunity to reflect on his choices and actions
"O nation miserable, With an untitled tyrant bloody-scepter'd"
Shakespeare is defending the divine right of kings as God's representative on earth, by indicating the negative effects of perverting the natural course: misery and violence
"Out damned spot! Out I say" :potable_water:
Lady Macbeth, although plagued by guilt, still does not appear to show remorse for her actions, she is obsessing over the evidence of guilt. this could be to highlight the message that women are wicked, immoral creatures who need to remain in their place in society.
"Now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a giant's robe on a dwarfish thief..." :fire:
Angus' suggestion that the title should 'hang loose' not only indicates that it does not belong to Macbeth but only serves to remind audiences of the punishment for acts of treason like the Gunpowder plot of 1605
"the heart I bear shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear." :black_heart::
the dramatic irony that Macbeth still believes his victory is inevitable serves to draw attention to Shakespeare's message about the dangers o hubris and over-ambition
A Christmas Carol :ghost::chains::candle: :christmas_tree:
"solitary as an oyster" :shell:
oysters need to be opened up to be worthwhile - this is a metaphor for how the spirits must open Scrooge's eyes to his own choices and past mistakes in order to redeem him
"he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! "
the use of verbs as adjectives highlights how scrooge becomes a living representation of the sounds and harsh reality o the industrial revolution. he embodies the cruelty of a period that Dickens felt had stripped many of their humanity toward others
"they had better do it [die], and decrease the surplus population"
scrooge's metaphorical presentation of workers as economic 'surplus' to be destroyed reflects Dickens' core opposition to the objectification of individuals that occurred under capitalism and through industrialisation in the nineteenth-century
"I wear the chains I forged in life[...] I made them link by link and yard by yard" :chains:
the juxtaposition of the small links and much larger yards emphasises Dickens' message that every choice, however small, shapes our soul and our fate. Small kindnesses and acts of empathy are more powerful than we realise
"he carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days"
the metaphor (extended throughout the first stave) suggests that he trails this misery as if it were something that could affect others. he becomes the living representation of winter and perhaps a symbol of a Victorian society emotionally retarded by Industrial greed and morals
"he was all a glow; his face was ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled, and his breath smoked again
Dickens' presentation of Fred as warm and glowing imagines him in a particularly Christian context as an angelic and redemptive figure who offers to Scrooge, prophet like, an alternative life
"as good as gold [...] and better. somehow, he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much."
Although gold has connotations of wealth - such as the monetary wealth Scrooge pursues' here Dickens is contrasting the 'wealth' of the Cratchets with Scrooge's wealth. through Tiny Tim, we see that real wealth comes from within. It comes from love, acceptance and kindness.
"then all the Cratchit family drew around the hearth in what Bob Cratchit call a circle, meaning a half one" :black_circle_for_record:
this moment of unity against a morally degraded industrialised modern world demonstrates dickens' privileging of a traditionalist, Christian family ideal.
An Inspector Calls :mag:
"birling: It's my duty to keep labour costs down."
priestly uses birling as a tool to critique capitalism, ironically pointing out that capitalism's only sense of duty is toward capital and money rather than individuals. Priestley thus shows how capitalism subverts public morality
"Birling: Rubbish! if you don't come down sharply on some of these people, they'd soon be asking for the earth.
Inspector: they might. but after all it's better to ask for the earth than to take it.
Priestley's clear juxtaposition here of Birling's and Goole's models of speech, one egotistic and self-confidant and the other measured and analytical, is used as a tool to characterise the ideological conflict between Capitalism and Socialism
"Inspector: we don't live alone. We are members of one body. we are responsible for each other."
The grammatical and declarative clarity of the
Poetry Anthology :memo::eye-in-speech-bubble: