Macbeth Themes and Characters

What are the two major themes for Macbeth? Appearance vs. Reality and The Great Chain of Being
What are the main themes of Appearance vs. Reality in Macbeth? Inner thoughts vs. Outer appearance, equivocations, dreams/visions, “reversals”
What are the main themes of the Great Chain of Being in Macbeth? Interconnectedness, sovereignty of king, nature’s reactions to events happening in the story
Who is Macbeth? Main character, kills King Duncan, Becomes King, (really hope you know this one)
Who is Lady Macbeth? Macbeth’s wife, convinces Macbeth to kill the guards, ends up killing herself
Who is King Duncan? King of Scotland, father of Malcolm and Donalbain, killed by Macbeth
Who is Banquo? Friend of Macbeth, later an enemy, killed by Macbeth, was told by the witches that his sons would become kings, comes back as ghost, father of Fleance
Who is Malcolm? Son of Duncan, Brother of Donalbain, heir to throne, flees to England, becomes king in the end
Who is Donalbain? Son of Duncan, brother of Malcolm, flees to Ireland
Who is Lennox? Noble of Scotland, calls Macbeth a tyrant
Who is Ross? Noble of Scotland, cousin of Macduff, acts as a messenger for the majority of the play
Who is Macduff? Thane of Fife, not born of a women, kills Macbeth
Who is Fleance? Son of Banquo, almost killed by Macbeth’s murderers
What is the first apparition in Act 4? An armed head, tells Macbeth to beware of Macduff
What is the second apparition in Act 4? A bloody child, tells Macbeth that no man born of a woman can kill him
What is the third apparition in Act 4? A crowned child with a tree in his hand, tells Macbeth that he will never be vanquished until Great Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane
What is the final illusion the witches show Macbeth in Act 4? A line of eight kings with Banquo, last king holds glass in his hand that shows more lines of kings

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