Macbeth Characters

King Duncan King of Scotland; is murdered
Macbeth Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, King – murderer; overly ambitious
Lady Macbeth spurs on Macbeth’s ambition; wants to be Queen; questions Macbeth’s masculinity
Banquo a true friend to Macbeth; witches predict his sons will be in line for king
Macduff friend of Duncan; finds Duncan’s body; a good guy who will lead the investigation
Porter Drunken door keeper; opens the door to “hell”
Malcolm Duncan’s oldest son; Prince of Cumberland (heir to throne of Scotland); Leaves to England
Donalbain Duncan’s younger son; flees to Ireland
Ross Tells Duncan that Cawdor is a traitor; tells Macbeth he will be Thane of Cawdor; informs Mcduff of his dead wife and child
Bleeding Captain tells Duncan about Macbeth and Banquo’s success in battle with Norway
Thane of Cawdor traitor to the Scottish army; is executed
Lennox a noble man of King Duncan’s court and army; goes to Duncan’s chamber with Macbeth
Witches predict: 1. Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor 2. Macbeth will be King 3. Banquo’s sons are in line to be King”Foul is Fair and Fair is Foul”
soliloquy long speech that only the audience can hear; on stage alone
monologue long speech that others on stage can hear, not alone on stage
aside short speech by one character that only the audience should hear
iambic pentameter a poetic meter that is made up of 5 stressed syllables each followed by an unstressed syllable
Hecate Queen of the witches
Fleance Banquo’s son; survives murder attempt
1st apparition An armed head: beware Macduff
2nd apparition Bloody Child: no man of woman born can harm Macbeth
3rd apparition Child with crown and tree in hand: he will be safe until Birnham Wood comes to Dunsinane hill
Lady Macduff angry at her husband for leaving to England; slaughtered by murderers sent by Macbeth
Siward English general who helps Malcolm in battle with 10,000 men
Young Siward slain in the end by Macbeth
Doctor says he can’t cure Lady Macbeth’s illness; her illness is in the mind
Gentlewoman looks after Lady Macbeth; refuses to repeat what Lady Macbeth says in her sleepwalking

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