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" Cannot be ill; cannot be good: if ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor: If good, why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs, Against... "
Macbeth: A Tragedy in Five Acts - Page 13
by William Shakespeare - 1847 - 60 pages
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Nelson Thornes Shakespeare - Macbeth

William Shakespeare, Dinah Jurksaitis - Education - 2003 - 152 pages
...be ill, cannot be good. If ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor. If good, why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, 135 And make my seated heart knock at my ribs, Against the use of nature? Present fears Are less than...
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Shakespeare's Webs: Networks of Meaning in Renaissance Drama

Arthur F. Kinney - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 168 pages
...progress is similar, except that he is aware of the disjunction between the world's time and his own. Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings. My...smothered in surmise, and nothing is But what is not. (1.3.136-41) Having committed regicide in time, he cannot get himself out of time again: "Had I but...
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Shakespeare Survey: Volume 57, Macbeth and Its Afterlife: An Annual Survey ...

Peter Holland - Drama - 2004 - 356 pages
...be ill, cannot be good. If ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor. If good, why do I yield to that suggestion...heart knock at my ribs Against the use of nature? (1.3.126-36) As Thane of Cawdor he prepares for the kingship as James, in his Basilicon Doron, argued:...
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Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies

Piotr Sadowski - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 327 pages
...under his wife's influence. The terrible possibility first enters Macbeth' s consciousness only as a suggestion, Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair,...Are less than horrible imaginings. My thought, whose murther is yet but fantastical, Shakes to my single state of man, That function is smother'd in surmise,...
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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Jay Greenblatt - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 430 pages
...in a tortured soliloquy, Macbeth reveals that he is deeply baffled by his own murderous fantasies: My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes...smothered in surmise, and nothing is But what is not. (1.3.138-41) At the center of the familiar and conventional motive there is a dark hole — "nothing...
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Macbeth: Second Edition

Bernice W. Kliman - Drama - 2004 - 242 pages
...Present fears Are less than [hesitates] horrible imaginings. My thought, whose [hesitates] murther yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man, That function is smother 'd in surmise, And nothing is, but what is not. (I.iii.137— 42) But Williamson's Macbeth...
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Studying Shakespeare: A Guide to the Plays

Laurie Maguire - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 260 pages
...The common denominator of these three parts is fear. Thinking about Duncan's murder causes fear: it "doth unfix my hair / And make my seated heart knock at my ribs" (1.3.135-6). Murdering Duncan causes fear: "I am afraid to think what I have done; / Look on't again...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...be ill; cannot be good. If ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor. If good, why do I yield to that suggestion...smothered in surmise, and nothing is But what is not. BANQUO Look how our partner's rapt. MACBETH If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me,...
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Charting Shakespearean Waters: Text and Theatre

Sos Haugaard - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 164 pages
...externalised emotion becomes part of Macbeth's and the audience's dramatic understanding of his journey: Why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image...state of man that function Is smothered in surmise, nothing is But what is not. (1.3. 133-41) These are difficult words which might leave the audience...
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X-Kit Literature Series: FET Macbeth

2005 - 60 pages
...success. Commencing in a truth? l am Thane of Cawdor. lf good, why do l yield to that suggestion 135 Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, And make my...imaginings. My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical. 140 Shakes so my single state of man, That function is smother'd in surmise, And nothing is, but what...
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