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Macbeth Characters

Macbeth Characters, Terms
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Duncan
the king of Scotland who Macbeth murders in order to become king himself
Malcolm
one of Duncan's sons who is thought to have murdered Duncan, flees to England
Donalbain
one of Duncan's sons who is thought to have murdered Duncan, flees to Ireland
Macbeth
protagonist who receives a prophecy from the witches that tells him that he will be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and king
the 3 weird sisters
give Macbeth the prophecy and are examples of the theme "appearances can be misleading"
Hecate
overseer of the witches who is associated with the moon, tells them to give Macbeth false security and scorns them for intervening in his affairs
3 apparitions
an armed head (beware Macduff), a bloody child (no one born of a woman can harm you), and a child holding a tree (you will reign until Birnam forest moves to Dunsinane
Seyton
Macbeth's servant
Lady Macbeth
Macbeth's wife who is the true mastermind behind Duncan's murder. she accuses him of not being a man
Fleance
Banquo's son
Banquo
also receives a prophecy from the witches but does not change his actions because of it, Macbeth murders him and his ghost returns to haunt Macbeth
Three murderers
hired by Macbeth to kill Fleance and Banquo
Macduff
finds Macbeth suspicious, leaves his family to go to England, eventually slays Macbeth because he is not technically born of a woman
Macduff's son
is killed when Macduff's castle is attacked, warns his mother to run
Lady Macduff
Macduff's wife who will not forgive him for leaving the castle and his family vulnerable
Ross
a messenger throughout the play who tries to convince Lady Macduff that Macduff didn't leave because he wanted to leave his family
Angus, Menteith, and Caithness
Scottish nobles who are opposed to Macbeth
Siward
leads the English army against Macbeth
Young Siward
Siward's son who is slain by Macbeth
Porter
Macbeth's doorkeeper - source of comic relief after the tense murder scene