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"Macbeth" Vocabulary from Act I

February 5, 2010
The Shakespearean tragedy "Macbeth" is a play about the lengths one will go to satisfy his or her ambition and the consequences of one's desire (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for each act: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, and Act 5.
foul
Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
report
What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state.
brave
This is the sergeant
Who like a good and hardy soldier fought
'Gainst my captivity. Hail, brave friend!
rebel
Worthy to be a rebel, for to that
The multiplying villanies of nature
Do swarm upon him.
supply
The merciless Macdonwald...
From the western isles
Of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied;
wound
Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds,
Or memorise another Golgotha,
I cannot tell.
minion
For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name--
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave.
hail
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
noble
My noble partner
You greet with present grace and great prediction
Of noble having and of royal hope,
That he seems rapt withal: to me you speak not.
partner
My noble partner
You greet with present grace and great prediction
Of noble having and of royal hope,
That he seems rapt withal: to me you speak not.
prophetic
Say from whence
You owe this strange intelligence? or why
Upon this blasted heath you stop our way
With such prophetic greeting?
success
The king hath happily received, Macbeth,
The news of thy success.
praise
When he reads
Thy personal venture in the rebels' fight,
His wonders and his praises do contend
Which should be thine or his
earnest
And, for an earnest of a greater honour,
He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor.
vantage
Whether he was combined
With those of Norway, or did line the rebel
With hidden help and vantage, or that with both
He labour'd in his country's wreck, I know not
treason
But treasons capital, confess'd and proved,
Have overthrown him.
deserve
Would thou hadst less deserved,
That the proportion both of thanks and payment
Might have been mine!
unaccompanied
We will establish our estate upon
Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
The Prince of Cumberland; which honour must
Not unaccompanied invest him only,
But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
On all deservers
harbinger
I'll be myself the harbinger and make joyful
The hearing of my wife with your approach
peerless
Let's after him,
Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome:
It is a peerless kinsman.
weird
That's not to say the three witches aren't also strange, but that's not how 'weird' is being used here.
Whiles I stood rapt in
the wonder of it, came missivesfrom the king, who
all-hailed me 'Thane of Cawdor;' by which title,
before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred
me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that
shalt be!'
ignorant
This have I thought good to deliver
thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou
mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being
ignorant of what greatness is promised thee.
promise
This have I thought good to deliver
thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou
mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being
ignorant of what greatness is promised thee.
dire
Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty!
purpose
Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect and it!
gall
In a more general sense, gall here is being used to mean 'poisonous acid'.
Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature's mischief!
haunt
The martlet (a kind of bird) isn't haunting like a ghost --that comes a little later!
This guest of summer,
The temple- haunting martlet, does approve,
By his loved mansionry, that the heaven's breath
Smells wooingly here.
frieze
No jutty, frieze,
Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird
Hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle.
deed
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed.

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Tuesday January 10th 2012, 2:46 PM
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Fantastic. What concepts, ideas, and perspective may be wrought from this exercise.
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