There's daggers in men's smiles.
 William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Macbeth
Topic men hypocrisy murder smile
Date 1623
Language English
Reference The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II, Scene 3
Note Written between 1599 and 1606

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master This sentence is spoken by Donalbain as he discusses with his brother Malcolm about the discovery of the murder of their father, King Duncan. In this unclear situation, he assumes that the assassination is the work of hidden enemies, who conceal weapons behind their smiles to betray them better.
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