Siddons Macbeth: Characters, Places, Vocab, Literary Terms

Macbeth Future Thane of Cawdor, thane of glamis
Lady Macbeth Wife of Macbeth, says “unsex me”, manly
The WeĆ­rd Sisters 3 witches
Banquo Friend of Macbeth, related to Duncan, thane of lochber
Hecate Goddess of Hell
Graymalkin Familiar of the first witch, a cat
Paddock A toad, familiar of the second witch
Duncan The well liked king of Scotland, trusts Macbeth
Malcolm Duncan’s oldest son, prince of Cumberland, in line for the throne
Donalbain Duncan’s other son
Fleance Banquos son
Macduff thane of fife, a good guy
Lady Macduff Wide of Macduff, foil to lady Macbeth
Angus Macbeths attendant
Seyton Macbeth’s page/ servant
Ross Macbeths cousin, Scottish noble that turns on Macbeth
Lennox Scottish noble that questions macbeths tyrannical rule
Inverness Where Macbeths castle is located in Glamis
Dramatis Personae List of the characters in the play
Antecedent The word a pronoun replaces (example: death was coming. It was a sure thing)
Captain Bloody, tells the story of macdawnwald
Scone Where people get crowned
Elision Omission of a sound or syllable when speaking (example: I’ m)
Juxtaposition 2 things put side by side that are contrasting
Shared line Line spoken by multiple people
Midstop or Ceasura Pause in the Line
Rhyming couple 2 lines that rhyme and have the same meter
Iamb {u, ‘}
Trochee {‘, u}
equivication not lying but not telling the truth
ambigous antecedent a confusing antecedent (example: taylor and hailey are in english class, she asked a question)
where Donalbain flees to ireland
where malcom flees to england
futility pointlessness
synecdoche a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa Example: Cleveland won by 4 runs, Cleveland represents their baseball team which is the synecdoche
metonymy the substitution of a name or attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant example: suit for business executive or track for horse racing
the porter lets people and creatures of hell in the door of inverness
Siward leader of the English army, some of ten thousand strong which defeats Macbeth at the end of the play. He loses his son Young Siward who is killed by Macbeth
Young Siward son of Siward, dies fighting Macbeth. Being of his natural birth, his death at Macbeth`s hands strengthen Macbeths belief of invincibility
Doctor tells Macbeth he cant help Lady Macbeth, only she can help herself, she needs a priest versus a doctor.At the request of Lady Macbeth’s waiting gentlewoman, a Scottish doctor has stayed up for two nights in a row to observe Lady Macbeth, but has seen nothing. He complains, “I have two nights watched with you, but can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last walked?” (5.1.1-2). Soon enough he sees Lady Macbeth walk in her sleep, and he hears her says things that indicate that she was an accomplice in the murder of King Duncan. However, the doctor can do nothing except take notes and advise the waiting gentlewoman to make sure that Lady Macbeth doesn’t harm herself. As he tries to prepare himself for battle with the forces arrayed against him, Macbeth asks the doctor how Lady Macbeth is doing. The doctor replies, “Not so sick, my lord, / As she is troubled with thick coming fancies” (5.3.37-38). The “fancies” are the things that the lady sees and remembers as she walks in her sleep. Macbeth asks the doctor to cure her, but he replies, “Therein the patient / Must minister to himself” (5.3.45-46). This angers Macbeth, and he curses medicine. At the end of the scene, the doctor says that if he were away from Macbeth’s castle, he would never come back again, for any amount of money
Seyton a lieutenant of Macbeths
Gentlewoman helps the doctor, tells the doctor she saw Lady Macbeth sleepwalk. At the request of Lady Macbeth’s waiting gentlewoman, a Scottish doctor has stayed up for two nights in a row to observe Lady Macbeth, but has seen nothing. He complains, “I have two nights watched with you, but can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last walked?” (5.1.1-2). The gentlewoman then tells the doctor about Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking, but when he asks what the lady has said, the gentlewoman refuses to say, because the lady has revealed things that are dangerous to know. Soon enough, however, they see Lady Macbeth walk in her sleep, and hear her say things that indicate that she was an accomplice in the murder of King Duncan. However, the doctor can do nothing except take notes and advise the waiting gentlewoman to make sure that Lady Macbeth doesn’t harm herself.
armed head first apparition, tells Macbeth to beware Macduff
bloody child second apparition, tells Macbeth no man born of a woman will harm him
crowned king with tree branch third apparition, tells Macbeth not to worry until Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane
line of kings ending with a child with a mirror shows there will be a line of descendants from Banquo
Caithness Caithness is among the Scottish forces that are marching to join Malcolm and the English army in Birnam wood before Macbeth’s castle. When someone asks about Macbeth, Caithness says “Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies: / Some say he’s mad; others that lesser hate him / Do call it valiant fury” (5.2.12-14). Caithness goes on to speak of how Macbeth is out of control. At the end of the scene he pledges their blood to cure Scotland of the sickness that is Macbeth
Menteith Menteith is among the Scottish forces that are marching to join Malcolm and the English army in Birnam wood before Macbeth’s castle. He opens the scene by saying, “The English power is near, led on by Malcolm, / His uncle Siward and the good Macduff: / Revenges burn in them; for their dear causes / Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm / Excite the mortified man” (5.2.1-5).

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