Macbeth Review Sheet

Macbeth Scottish general in the king’s army and thane of Glamis, who becomes a corrupt and murderous king. INTERNAL factor- has power, wants more. EXTERNAL factor- his wife.
Lady Macbeth Wife of the play’s antagonist, Macbeth who pushes him into committing murder with Duncan to seize the crown and for power. Commits suicide because of guilt.
The Weird Sisters Witches who plot mischief against Macbeth using charms, spells and prophecies. Their predictions prompt him to murder Duncan.
Banquo A general nobleman whose children, according to the witches will inherit the throne. Macbeth’s friend and is also murdered by Macbeth. Rational, cautious & worried.His ghost haunts Macbeth at dinner.
Fleance Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him.
Duncan King of Scotland, whom Macbeth, in his ambition for crown, murders. His death =’s the destruction of an order in Scotland. PUTS GUARD DOWN WAY TOO MUCH!
Malcolm Duncan’s son whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland’s return to order following Macbeth’s reign of terror.
The Porter The drunken doorman of Macbeth’s castle.
Ross Nobleman of Scotland.
Hecate A goddess in Ancient Greek religion and mythology. Also goddess of witch craft and helps three witches work their mischief on Macbeth.
Metaphor a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
Allusion an explanation designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
Foreshadow Be a warning or indication of (a future event).
Irony the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
Soliloquy thoughts spoken aloud by a character when he/she is alone, or thinks he/she is alone.
Aside lines that are spoken by a character directly to the audience.
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair” Speaker: THREE WITCHESLiterary Device: Paradox & Alliteration Context/Significance: What seems good is bad on the inside; things that seem terrible are good on the inside. Foreshadows the entire play.
“Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way.” Speaker: LADY MACBETHLiterary Device: MonologueContext/Significance: Too sweet to do what you have to do to become king. Don’t have the guts to become king.Lady Macbeth about Macbeth and how he is too kind to take advantage of his opportunity alone.
Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the top-full Of direct cruelty!” Speaker: LADY MACBETH Literary Device: MonologueContext/Significance: Lady Macbeth asking for evil spirits so she may stay strong and be evil enough for bother her and her husband because he lacks conviction and she lacks physical strength. “unsex me” is asking to become more of a mad.
“Let not light see my black and deep desires” Speaker: MACBETH Literary Device: Metaphor/Figurative LanguageContext/Significance:It shows that his deep desires are that he wants to kill the king, he hopes that people can’t read him like a book. Apostrophe – talking to an inanimate object.
“Fly, Fleance, fly!” Speaker: BANQUOLiterary Device: Alliteration & Foreshadowing Context/Significance: Because Macbeth had Banquo killed and Fleance is the son of Banquo. He tells him Fleance to escape.