Macbeth: Act 1-5 for Quizlet LIVE

minion follower of a powerful person
corporal of or related to the human body
cleave to adhere or cling strongly to (like a goal or belief)
harbinger person/thing that foreshadows a future event; an omen, sign
beguile to charm or enchant someone, sometimes in a deceptive way
courier messenger who transports goods or documents
chastise to rebuke or reprimand, scold or lecture severely
palpable able to be touched or felt
appall to greatly dismay or horrify
carousing drinking plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoying oneself with others in a noisy, lively way
equivocate to use unclear language to avoid or hide the truth
scruples feelings of doubt or hesitation (often in regards to morality or doing what is right)
suborn to bribe someone to commit an unlawful act (like perjury = lying)
Banquo best friend of Macbeth, only other person present when witches first appeared and make predictions
MacDuff Murders Macbeth
porter drunken doorman who speaks of equivocating and gives us “Knock knock, who’s there?”
Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth he should murder the king so he can become king himself and fulfill the witches’ prophecy
The Weird Sisters another name for the witches who make it their business to mess with Macbeth and predict he’ll be king of Scotland
Macbeth easily manipulated; begins with a sense of loyalty but is easily convinced to do whatever he must to achieve what he wants
Duncan Act 1: King of Scotland, murdered by a traitor
Malcolm Duncan’s eldest son, named King of Scotland in Act 5
Donalbain Duncan’s youngest son, flees to Ireland
Fleance escapes being murdered after Macbeth has his father killed
parricide the killing of a parent or other near relative
malice the intention or desire to do evil
vizard mask or disguise to hide one’s face
bide to remain or stay somewhere
purge get rid of unwanted feelings or condition
muse to think deeply, be absorbed in thought
homage special honor or respect shown publicly
cauldron large metal pot
pernicious causing harm or ruin, hurtful
diminutive tiny, small
appease to calm, ease or bring to a state of peace
censure to express severe disapproval of
ague a fever or shivering fit
brandish wave or flourish (like a weapon) as a threat or in anger
Macbeth appears when the witches say “by the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes.”
armed, floating head warns: beware of MacDuff
bloody child indicates no harm shall come by anyone “born of woman”
crowned child with tree indicates safety until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane
Lady Macbeth in Act 5 Sleepwalking, sleeptalking and “sleep-washing-the-blood-off-her-hands”
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” The witches, Act 1, Scene 1
“Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.” Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 4
“There’s daggers in men’s smiles.” Donalbain, Act 2, Scene 3
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” The witches, Act 4, Scene 1
“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” Lady Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 1
“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.” Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5

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