Setting -Scotland, King James’ homeland-King Duncan is the King of Scotland-Edward the Confessor is the King of England-The time period is the eleventh century (1000-1099)-Shakespeare used poetic license to bend some of the historical information
Macbeth brave general under Duncan who becomes too ambitious after three witches prophesythat he will be King of Scotland. He turns to evil, killing the king, the guards, Banquo, andothers. Macbeth dies at the hands of Macduff.
Lady Macbeth vicious wife of Macbeth. Even more ambitious than Macbeth. She convincesMacbeth to murder the king. Later, she becomes insane from her wrongdoings and sleepwalks.She dies.
Macduff general, believes that Macbeth killed the king, his family is murdered by Macbeth;later he kills Macbeth.
Banquo Macbeth’s friend and general, suspected Macbeth of killing the king. He is killed bymurderers sent by Macbeth, though his son escapes
King Duncan King of Scotland, murdered by Macbeth who was one of his generals whom hehad just promoted.
Malcolm Duncan’s eldest son. Runs away to England after he learns of his father’s murder inorder to escape the same fate. Becomes King of Scotland at the end of the play.
The Three Witches they tell Macbeth that he is to become king, leading him to evil. They alsotell him that he will be defeated, but they disguise it in a way as to give false confidence.
Fleance Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him. At the end of the play, Fleance’s where abouts are unknown. Presumably, he may come to rule Scotland. Fulfilling thewitches’ prophecy that Banquo’s sons will sit on the Scottish throne
Hecate Moon goddess and goddess of witches, directs supernatural occurrences, makes plan togive Macbeth false security.
Donalbain Duncan’s youngest son, runs away to Ireland after he learns of his father’s murderin order to escape the same fate.
Ross Macduff’s cousin, messenger who carries news to people like Macbeth and Macduffthroughout the play.
Lennox Nobleman, suspicious of the murder of the king.
Seyton Macbeth’s lieutenant
Porter watches Macbeth’s castle; when drunk, thought that he was the keeper of Hell’s Gatesand that sinners were knocking at the door to be admitted.
Old Siward Earl of Northumberland, ally of Malcolm and Macduff against Macbeth.
Young Siward Old Siward’s son, killed by Macbeth in an encounter at the end of the play.
The Murderers a group of ruffians conscripted by Macbeth to murder Banquo, Fleance(whom they fail to kill), and Macduff’s wife and children.
Lady Macduff Macduff’s wife. The scene in her castle provides our only glimpse of a domestic real other than that of Macbeth and lady Macbeth. She and her home serve as contrasts to lady Macbeth and the hellish world of inverness.