Macbeth Terms: Mitchell Johnson, Nico Hadges, Jeremiah Green, Joey Brady, Jacob Dembiec

Soliloquy Act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud, In Macbeth he creates suspense by using soliloquies.
Aside Act or line intended to be heard by the audience, Shakespeare’s asides tell us what the character is actually thinking.
Act a part of a play, in each Shakespearean drama there are 5 acts. This is the same for Macbeth.
Scene the place where an incident in real life or fiction occurs, The play of Macbeth is separated by scenes in the act.
Line a horizontal row of written or printed words, Shakespeare separates scenes by lines in the script.
Iambic Pentameter a line that has 5 metrical feet, which has a short syllable followed by a long syllable. This is important in Macbeth because it is how the entire play is written.
Blank verse Verse without rhyme. Many of the lines in Macbeth are blank verse, and the only part of the play with very little blank verse are in the witches scenes.
Prose Written or spoken language in its ordinary form. This means there is no beat to the lines. The story of Macbeth is almost entirely prose.
Verse A line written with rhythm or a beat. There are only three characters in Macbeth that don’t speak in verse.
Tragic hero The protagonist and usually the main character that the story revolves around. In the story of Macbeth, Macbeth tries to be the hero.
Tragic flaw An obsessive issue that the Hero and that furthermore causes him to fall. Some examples of this can be overconfidence or greed. Macbeth’s thirst for power is the reasoning behind his fall.
Conflict The struggle that the protagonist faces throughout the entire story and usually comes to a result by the end of the story. Macbeth’s original conflict is with his wife who tries to persuade him to kill Duncan. Later in the story it’s Macbeth’s fear of his fall.
Theme the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person’s thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic. The theme of Macbeth is that power and the actions of a person can change someone for the worse.
Plot The main line of events that occur in the story. It has a beginning middle and an end.Macbeth is a story with a plot that is complicated and well thought out.
Catharsis purging of emotions through art or other means. This is seen after the murder of Duncan when Lady Macbeth tries to keep busy in order to not think about what has been done.
Hubris excessive pride and self confidence. Macbeth has hubris as we can see through his overconfidence in his invincibility.
Motif A motif is a reoccurring event or phrase which signifies something important. An example of this in Macbeth are the repeated paradoxes such as “fair is foul and foul is fair.”
Equivocation Talking around the truth. This is seen when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth don’t speak the truth when asked about Duncan’s death. An example is when Macbeth agrees that it was a “rough night”

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