Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

by

Susan King

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Ketill Bruisson Character Analysis

A Viking, and nephew of Thorfin. Gruadh first meets him after Thorfin kidnaps her, when Ketill stands guard to protect her from assault. Although one of her captors, Gruadh has a soft spot in her heart for him, and is happy to see him when they meet again and again as enemies and allies over the course of the lives.

Ketill Bruisson Quotes in Lady Macbeth

The Lady Macbeth quotes below are all either spoken by Ketill Bruisson or refer to Ketill Bruisson . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Three Rivers Press edition of Lady Macbeth published in 2008.
Chapter 7  Quotes

Them men formed a circle around me, friends and enemies both. Ahead, on the earth of the practice yard, two swords lay crossed and ready, shining blades reflecting the glow of the sunrise. Nearby, horses stood, gleaming and grand, ready to be ridden, while overhead, two eagles winged toward the mountains, and a raven settled on a gatepost. Moon and stars were still visible in the sky, and the sunrise flowed over the hilltops like a spill of blood, the sun in its midst like a golden wafer. […] I knew some of the elements—ravens were death and warning, eagles pride and pairing, horses freedom; the swords might be conflict or war, and the circle of warriors around me could have been a sign of protection, or the men in my future. […] My mother had been gifted with the Sight that brings spontaneous visions, so common among the Gaels that we call it Da Shealladh, the gift of two sighs. A great-grandmother on Bodhe’s side had been a taibhsear, a seer, from whom others sought advice.

Until that moment, I had not known that I, too, had a hint of that talent.

Page Number: 55
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Ketill Bruisson Character Timeline in Lady Macbeth

The timeline below shows where the character Ketill Bruisson appears in Lady Macbeth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Violence, Justice, and Revenge  Theme Icon
...criticizes him for leaving her unprotected. He does not respond, but leaves and sends in Ketill Brusisson, a young warrior who will serve as her guard. (full context)
Fate, Family, and Ambition  Theme Icon
Violence, Justice, and Revenge  Theme Icon
Ketill tells Gruadh that the man who tried to rape her was Harald Silkhair, a widower... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...continues. Next to Gruadh, a man catches her attention, and she is surprised to see Ketill, who she had assumed had been killed or injured when Bodhe recaptured her from Thorfin.... (full context)
Chapter 23 
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...eventually, that spring, a messenger arrives. The messenger removes his helmet and reveals he is Ketill Brusisson. He reports that Macbeth, Duncan, and Thorfin met to negotiate. Macbeth encouraged Duncan to... (full context)
Chapter 29 
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Magic, Tradition, and Religion  Theme Icon
Gruadh and her men rush to the beach. Thorfin and Ketill, come to great them. Angus and two other guards ride out to defend Gruadh, but... (full context)