Wyatt's Macbeth Smore

It's pretty neato.

Five Characters

Macbeth - Main character, Thane of Glamis, he is to become Thane of Cawdore and King of Scotland, kills Young Siward and Duncan and orders the deaths of Banquo, Lady Macduff, Macduff's son, goes insane from the power hunger, dies in the end.

Lady Macbeth - Wife of Macbeth, convinces him to kill Duncan, cleans up the scene and puts the blame on some guards, becomes Queen, dies of sickness related to her guilty conscience.

King Duncan - King of Scotland, has two sons Malcolm and Donalbaine, orders the death of the original Thane of Cawdord, gets killed by Macbeth.

Malcolm - Son of Duncan, escapes with Donalbain after the murder of his dad, goes to England, gains support and an army, becomes king after Macbeth is killed. Status: Alive.

Banquo - Friend of Macbeth, learns of Macbeth's prophecy, grows suspicious of Macbeth after the death of Duncan, gets attacked and killed by three murderers while walking with Fleance (who escaped alive.)

Traits of Tragic Hero compared to Epic Hero.

Both heroes are of some nobility, Macbeth is a Thane and a King.

The tragic hero has a fatal flaw in them like pride or greed, while an epic hero doesn't but can still die. Macbeth has greed for power.

The tragic hero's death happens from choices of their own. The epic hero dies in an honorable way like in battle. Like Macbeth killing Macduff's wife and child which leads to Macduff killing Macbeth.

The tragic hero shows their emotion and can give up, the epic hero is brave and doesn't give up. As seen in the soliloquies Macbeth shows many emotions and thoughts.


There are quite a few atmospheres in Macbeth. Since I am to describe three of them I think I should start with the gloomy one. The atmosphere being gloomy can be seen in many parts of the play, it starts off in a dark storm, there is death almost at every turn, and don't forget the dark gloominess in the castle at night.

Another atmosphere is doom. We know that Macbeth has killed quite a few people and of course he also dies. Pretty much death is around the corner in the play, friends being betrayed, women and children die, and the death of not one but two kings now that's pretty doom-like.

The third is a warlike atmosphere. In the beginning we are introduced to the king and a few nobles at the end of a war. We also learn that Macbeth is a war hero. So what happens near the end? Oh another battle between Macbeth's forces and Malcolm's forces which, in turn, leads to Macbeth's ultimate demise.

Two Themes

Now we have been examining four themes in Macbeth, Superstitions Affect Human Behavior, Power Corrupts, Blind Ambition, and Things are not What They Seem. I will explain two of these four.

Power Corrupts

Now in the beginning we see that Macbeth and Banquo learn of their future from three witches who appeared out of nowhere (seems legit). Right after that one of Macbeth's fortunes come true, he has just become Thane of Cawdore. Now everything here seems alright until he tells his wife. Turns out his wife is power hungry, and she tries to make MAcbeth kill King Duncan so she can become queen. After that Macbeth, now King of Scotland, tries to prevent anyone from taking the throne from him. That includes Banquo's bloodline who are predicted to become king (what a good friend). Ironic how this man who didn't believe any of the "nonsense" the witches said wants to keep such power.

Superstitions Affect Human Behavior

While I explained a lot in the power corrupts part, I feel like I can say less about this one. Now as I stated up above that Banquo and Macbeth learned of their fortune. Since Macbeth knows that Banquo's sons will become kings in the future, he decides to try and fight that fate. Another example is that Macbeth was ready to fight and wasn't afraid, but when he learns of the forest coming to attack him he freaks out because he was told that if the forest attacks then he will die.

Lingering Question

Why didn't Fleance take the throne right after?