Macbeth, Acts 1-3 Essential Information

3 witches Tell Macbeth be will become Thane of Cawdor and king of ScottlandTell Banquo he will father kingsPlan Macbeth’s destruction with Hecate
Duncan King of ScotlandPraises Macbeth’s loyalty Macbeth murders him
Macbeth Thane of GlamisCourageous in battle and killed Mcdonwald (a traitor)Duncan gives him the title Thane of Cawdor Murders Duncan to be king Crowned king by other thanesConvinces murderers that Banquo is their enemySees Banquo’s ghost at banquet, reacts with horror
Malcolm Duncan’s sonHeir to throneFlees to EnglandHe and MacDuff build an army against Macbeth
Donalbain Duncan’s sonFlees to Ireland
Captain Wounded from battle, tells Duncan how courageous Macbeth (and Banquo) were in battle
Lady macbeth Macbeth’s wifeDefeminizes herself to plan to murder DuncanMocks macbeth for not being a manMakes excuses for Macbeth’s banquet freak out
Porter Drunk gate keeper pretending to be a devil from hellMakes ironic statements in light of Macbeth’s trechery
Macduff Thane of FifeFinds Duncan dead Suspicious of MacbethDoesn’t attend macbeth’s crowning to be kingHe and Malcolm build an army in England to oppose MacbethHopes to stop Macbeth by getting King Edward of England to fight against Macbeth
Lennox Scottish noble who arrives at Castle Iverness with Macduff to wake the kingFinds Duncan dead Talks to Macbeth about odd things happening
Ross Macbeth’s cousin Talks to old man about odd things happening
Iverness Macbeth’s castle and the setting of the murder
Fleance Banquo’s sonMacbeth orders his murder, but the murderers fail
Banquo Macbeth’s friendIs told by the witches he will father kings Can’t stop thinking of the prophecyMurdered by order of Macbeth
Plot to kill Duncan Lady Macbeth makes chamberlains drunkMacbeth sneaks in and stabs Duncan with daggerMacbeth is suppose to leave dagger with chamberlains but forgets to so Lady Macbeth must return it
3 murderers Ambush Banquo and Fleance on the road, killing Banquo
Act 3, Scene 5 “Fradulent Scene”Adds no important information, doesn’t flow with the rest of the playScholars believe that Thomas Middleton, a playwright contemporary of Shakespeare, added it to satisfy an audience that wanted to see more supernatural elements

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