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Macbeth – Key Quotes – English Literature GCSE

Here are some key quotes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee:
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.

(Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 1)

Double, double toil and trouble:
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

(Witches, Act 4 Scene 1)

Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.

(Third apparition, Act 4 Scene 1)

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A Christmas Carol – Key Quotes – GCSE English Literature

This is an important quote if you’re talking about Ebeneezer Scrooge. We get the idea that he’s not used to talking to people in this positive way. Although Scrooge is talking to another character, this quote illustrates the theme of isolation, as it reminds us that he used to be solitary and is only now trying to be sociable and positive.

“Spirit!” he cried, tight clutching at its robe, “hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope!”

This is the moment where Scrooge finally changes. It takes place in stave 4.

This is another good quote if you’re talking about Scrooge. He has woken from his experience and, although no traces of the ghosts remain, Scrooge remembers everything and that is enough for him to believe. This quote is from stave 5.

This quote is from stave 2. It relates to the theme of choice.

“I don’t know what day of the month it is!” said Scrooge. “I don’t know how long I’ve been among the Spirits. I don’t know anything. I’m quite a baby. Never mind. I don’t care. I’d rather be a baby. Hallo! Whoop! Hallo here!”

He was checked in his transports by the churches ringing out the lustiest peals he had ever heard. Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell. Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash! Oh, glorious, glorious!

This is an important quote, as the image of a bell appears frequently throughout the story.

Here’s another good quote for Scrooge. He’s talking to Fred and being as stubborn as ever. Fred just sees Scrooge as a member of his family, and he wants to have some form of relationship with him, even if he’s not a pleasant man to spend time with. This quote is from stave 1 and it’s great if you’re discussing the theme of family.

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Romeo and Juliet – Key Quotes – iGCSE English Literature

Here are some key quotes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

“Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.”Romeo. This is a great quote to illustrate Romeo’s headstrong nature. It’s also very short, so really worth trying to learn.

“He shall not make me there a joyful bride!” Juliet. Romeo and Juliet share the characteristic of being headstrong. This quote shows Juliet’s nature.

“O happy dagger!”Juliet. The use of the adjective happy illustrates how Juliet welcomes her death. The use of the exclamation mark heightens Juliet’s emotions. Again, this is a short quote, so see if you can learn it.

“Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone… It is my will.”Lord Capulet. This is a good example of how Lord Capulet is portrayed as being powerful. He is the head of the family.

“Nurse, where’s my daughter? Call her forth to me.” Lady Capulet. This quote illustrates the unknowing nature of Lady Capulet. The use of the word ‘daughter’ illustrates how her relationship with Juliet is formal.

“That dreamers often lie.”Mercutio. This quote shows us Mercutio’s witty side. It is his response after Romeo tells him he had a dream about Rosaline.

The above extract is from Act 3, Scene 1. Tybalt says I am for you highlighting that he is ready for the fight. This shows his confident nature. Mercutio says to Tybalt will you walk?’ questioning whether Tybalt will fight with him. Mercutio calls Tybalt a rat-catcher highlighting the cunning side of Tybalt’s personality. These two points show us the passionate personalities of both characters.

“Till holy church incorporate two in one.”Friar Laurence. The quote illustrates the obviously religious nature of Friar Laurence. It shows how he believes that through marriage the Montague and Capulet households will be united by God.

“I think you are happy in this second match, for it excels your first.”Nurse. Here we see the truthful nature of Nurse. She wants the best for Juliet.

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