Macbeth- Themes

greed excessive desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves
ambition a strong drive for success
corruption use of a position of trust and/or power for dishonest gain
prophecy prediction of the future
paradox a self-contradiction(Ex. “‘I always lie’ is a paradox because if it is true it must be false”)
minion a follower or underling of a powerful person, esp. a servile or unimportant one
haste the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
solicit To ask for in a formal way.
prate idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
whence From where
multitudinous too numerous to be counted
posterity all future generations
indissoluble permanent
parricide act of killing one’s father, mother, or other close relative
sundry miscellaneous unspecified objects
dispatched sent off or away
conjure cause to appear by magic; summon (a devil or a spirit) by magical power; practice magic (esp. by very quick movement of the hands); evoke; conjure up: bring into the mind; Ex. The magician conjured a rabbit out of his hat.
thane a man ranking below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land)
potent powerful
apparition a ghostly appearing figure
perturb disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
guise an external appearance, cover, mask
fiend a cruel wicked and inhuman person
intrenchant invulnerable; incapable of being hurt or wounded
treatise article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
profess confess one’s faith in, or allegiance to
venal capable of being corrupted
quell suppress or crush completely
reprisal an injury done in return for injury
duress compulsion by threat; forcible confinement
askance (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
overt open and observable
tantamount equal to
talisman a trinket or piece of jewelry thought to be a protection against evil
dramatic irony when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
soliloquy Dramatic speech that reveals a character’s private thoughts to the audience.
aside A remark made by a character to another character that others on stage are not supposed to hear.
blank verse Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
Iambic pentameter A metrical pattern in poetry which consists of 5 iambic feet per line, or 10 syllables total per line. (An iamb, or iambic foot, consists of one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.)
colors The national flags or banners of a country
foreshadowing A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
theme A message about life or human nature that the writer shares with the reader.
covert not openly acknowledged or displayed

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