Act 2 scene 4. Old Man- " "Tis unnatural... On Tuesday last, A falcon, towering in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawk'd at and kill'd." The old man and Ross were discussing how unnatural events happened on the night of Duncan's murder. The owl shouldn't attack the falcon (bird of prey).
Act 1 Scene 7. Macbeth- "I have no spur/ To prick the sides of my intent, but only/ Vaulting ambition, which o'er-leaps itself/ And falls on the other" (25-28). Ambition is Macbeth's only motive, and his ambition is like a horse that tries to jump too high, and falls on the other side of the fence.
Act 1 scene 6. Banquo- "This guest of summer, the temple-haunting marlet...Where they most breed and haunt, I have observ'd/ The air is delicate." Banquo and Duncan were using the marlet bird to describe the delicate air around Inverness (Macbeth's Castle).
Act 3 Scene 1. Macbeth- "Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men; / As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels. . ." The Murderers tell Macbeth that they are men, and Macbeth explains that even if that was true, it doesn't categorize weakness or strength.
Act 2 Scene 3. Lennox- "New hatch'd to the woeful time" (59). Lennox and Macbeth were descussing the strange events that happened on the night of the murder (This was before the murder is revealed). Hatch'd: born (like bird or reptile is hatched from eggs), Lennox means that the events were "born" that night.
Act 4 Scene 2. Lines 31-36 Lady Macduff- "How will you live?" (31) Son- "as birds do, mother" (32). Lady Macduff- "Poor bird! thou'dst never fear the net nor lime, / The pit-fall nor the gin?" (35) Son- "Why should I, mother? Poor birds they are not set for" (36)
Act 4 scene 3. Malcolm- "You may deserve of him through me, and wisdom/ To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb/ T'appease an angry god". Malcolm is testing Macduff's loyalty by sugesting that he is betraying him for Macbeth, and Malcolm describes himself as a lamb.