Macbeth

By Jesse R. Hall

Macbeth

beth is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true. He is dead.

Lady Macbeth

Macbeth’s wife, a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position. Early in the play she seems to be the stronger and more ruthless of the two, as she urges her husband to kill Duncan and seize the crown. She is dead

Banquo

The brave, noble general whose children, according to the witches’ prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. He is dead.

King Duncan

The good King of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. He is dead.

Macduff

A Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth’s kingship from the start. He eventually becomes a leader of the crusade to unseat Macbeth. He is alive.

Similarities and differences of Tragic Hero and Epic Hero

S - They were both war hero's at one point in time.

S - They are both powerful people.

D - Tragic hero has flaws to following a good path and epic hero's know the right path to take.

D - The Tragic hero is evil and the epic hero is good

Atmospheres

1 - Macbeth talking to witches for the first time it was a dark atmosphere it made the reader get more into the play.

2 - people getting killed by macbeth and his men and it makes the families hate him.

3 - macbeth dying this is important because you know that the play is almost over.

Themes

  1. Power - Absolute power corrupts absolutely… unless, of course, your absolute power is a god-given right. In Shakespeare's time, the Divine Right of Kings was the idea that the power of kings comes directly from God.
  2. 2 - Ghosts and Visions - Just as an overwhelming guilty conscience drives Lady Macbeth mad, so too does Macbeth’s “heat-oppressed” brain project the vision of a dagger before he murders Duncan.

Question

Why did the witches not tell Macbeth his future?