We know that learning and analysing key quotes is a vital of preparing for the GCSE English Literature exam.

These quotes cover a range of literary devices, themes and characters, meaning you’ll be prepared no matter what question you get in your exam.

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Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t.

Act I, scene 5

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I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition,

Act I, scene 7

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Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness

Act I, scene 5

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Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?

Act II, scene 3

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Here lay Duncan, his silver skin laced with his golden blood, and his gashed stabs looked like a breach in nature for ruin’s wasteful entrance.

Act II, scene 3

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But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in to saucy doubts and fears.

Act III scene 4

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O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!

Act III, scene 2

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I think our country sinks beneath the yoke. It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash is added to her wounds.

Act IV, scene 3

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Out, out, brief candle. Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Act V, scene 5

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I bear a charmèd life

Act V, scene 8