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Biblical Allusions in Macbeth

February 25th, 2011

Allusion Quote Cite Quote from Macbeth Cite
Golgatha  “And when they came unto the place called Golgotha, that is to say, the place of dead mens’ skulls.” Matt. 27:33 “they meant to bathe in reeking wounds, / Or memorise another Golgotha.” I.ii.40-41
Plant “Thou hast planted them, and they have taken root: they grow, and bring forth fruit. Jeremiah 12:2 “I have begun to plant thee, and will labour / To make thee full of growing” ( I.iv.28-29
Judas–Betrayal “That thou doest, do quickly.” John 13:27 If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well / I were done quickly.” I.vii.1-2
Pilate—Innocent of Murder?   Matthew 27 ,“A little water clears us of this deed / How easy is it, then!” II.ii.66-67
Pilate—Guilty of Murder   Matthew
“Out, damned spot! out, I say!–One: two: why, / then, ’tis time to do’t.–Hell is murky!” V.i.34-35
Pilate—Innocent of Murder?   Matthew
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand?” II.ii.59-60
Divine Right Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man destroy the Temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the Temple of God is holy, which ye are. I Cor 3:16-17 “Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope / The Lord’s anointed temple, and stole thence / The life o’ the building!” II.iii.67-69
Cain and Abel–Murder “Who so sheadeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God hath he made man.” Genisis 9:6 “It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood” III.IV.121
Cain and Abel–Murder     “Out, damned spot! out, I say!– V.i.34
Lamb     “He [Macbeth] hath not touch’d you yet. I am young;
but something
You may deserve of him through me, and wisdom
To offer up a weak poor innocent lamb
T’appease an angry god.”
Ripe for Shaking “All thy strong cities shall be like fig trees with the first ripe figs: for if they be shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.” Nahum 3:12    


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