Act 1 Scene 7

  1. A room in Macbeth’s castle.

    Enter servants with oboes and torches. They are followed by the Steward, and more servants carrying dishes and food. They cross the stage, and exit.

    Then enter Macbeth

  2. Macbeth:

    If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well
    It were done quickly. If th’ assassination
    Could trammel up the consequence, and catch
    With his surcease, success: that but this blow
    Might be the be-all and the end-all. Here,
    But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
    We'd jump the life to come. But in these cases,
    We still have judgement here, that we but teach
    Bloody instructions, which being taught, return
    To plague th’ inventor. This even-handed justice
    Commends th’ ingredients of our poisoned chalice
    To our own lips. He's here in double trust:
    First, as I am his kinsman, and his subject,
    Strong both against the deed. Then, as his host,
    Who should against his murderer shut the door,
    Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
    Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
    So clear in his great office, that his virtues
    Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against
    The deep damnation of his taking-off.
    And Pity, like a naked new-born 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 have no spur
    To prick the sides of my intent, but only
    Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
    And falls on th’ other.

  3. Enter Lady Macbeth.

  4.                          How now? What news?

  5. Lady Macbeth:

    He has almost supped. Why have you left the chamber?

  6. Macbeth:

    Hath he asked for me?

  7. Lady Macbeth:

                               Know you not he has?

  8. Macbeth:

    We will proceed no further in this business.
    He hath honoured me of late, and I have bought
    Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
    Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
    Not cast aside so soon.

  9. Lady Macbeth:

                               Was the hope drunk,
    Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
    And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
    At what it did so freely? From this time,
    Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
    To be the same in thine own act and valour,
    As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
    Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
    And live a coward in thine own esteem?
    Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would,’
    Like the poor cat i' th’ adage?

  10. Macbeth:

                              Pr'ythee, peace!
    I dare do all that may become a man,
    Who dares do more, is none.

  11. Lady Macbeth:

                        What beast was't, then
    That made you break this enterprise to me?
    When you durst do it, then you were a man:
    And to be more than what you were, you would
    Be so much more the man. Nor time, nor place
    Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.
    They have made themselves, and that their fitness now
    Does unmake you. 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.

  12. Macbeth:

                     If we should fail?

  13. Lady Macbeth:

                                          We fail?
    But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
    And we'll not fail. When Duncan is asleep,
    (Whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey
    Soundly invite him) his two chamberlains
    Will I with wine and wassail so convince,
    That memory, the warder of the brain,
    Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason
    A limbeck only. When in swinish sleep
    Their drenchéd natures lie as in a death,
    What cannot you and I perform upon
    Th’ unguarded Duncan? What not put upon
    His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt
    Of our great quell?

  14. Macbeth:

                       Bring forth men-children only,
    For thy undaunted mettle should compose
    Nothing but males. Will it not be received,
    When we have marked with blood those sleepy two
    Of his own chamber, and used their very daggers,
    That they have done't?

  15. Lady Macbeth:

                            Who dares receive it other,
    As we shall make our griefs and clamour roar
    Upon his death?

  16. Macbeth:

                         I am settled, and bend up
    Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
    Away, and mock the time with fairest show,
    False face must hide what the false heart doth know

  17. Exit both.


Macbeth's soliloquy
1) How does Shakespeare use language to show Macbeth's state of mind over the course of this speech? Give examples from the scene.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
1) What techniques do Macbeth and Lady Macbeth use in their argument?


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