William Shakespeare

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Macbeth Characters

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Lady Macbeth's husband and a Scottish nobleman, the Thane of Glamis. He is made Thane of Cawdor for his bravery in battle, and becomes King of Scotland by murdering the previous King, Duncanread analysis of Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

Macbeth's wife. Unlike her husband, she has no reservations about murdering Duncan in order to make Macbeth King of Scotland. She believes that a true man takes what he wants, and whenever Macbeth objects… read analysis of Lady Macbeth


A Scottish nobleman, general, and friend of Macbeth. He is also the father of Fleance. The weird sisters prophesy that while Banquo will never be King of Scotland, his descendants will one day… read analysis of Banquo


A Scottish nobleman, and the Thane of Fife. His wife is Lady Macduff, and the two have babies and a young son. Macduff offers a contrast to Macbeth: a Scottish lord who… read analysis of Macduff

King Duncan

The King of Scotland, and the father of Malcolm and Donalbain. Macbeth murders him to get the crown. Duncan is the model of a good, virtuous king who puts the welfare of the country… read analysis of King Duncan
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The older of King Duncan's two sons, and Duncan's designated heir to the throne of Scotland. Early in the play, Malcolm is a weak and inexperienced leader, and he actually flees Scotland in fear… read analysis of Malcolm

Weird Sisters

Three witches, whose prophecy helps push Macbeth's ambition over the edge, and convinces him to murder Duncan in order to become King. The witches' knowledge of future events clearly indicates that they have supernatural… read analysis of Weird Sisters
Minor Characters
Banquo's teenage son. Macbeth sees him as a threat because of the weird sisters' prophecy that Banquo's descendants will one day rule Scotland.
Lady Macduff
The wife of Macduff and the mother of Macduff's children (and the only female character of note in the play besides Lady Macbeth). She questions her husband's decision to leave his family behind when he goes to England to help Malcolm save Scotland from Macbeth.
Young Macduff
Macduff's son, still a child.
A Scottish nobleman.
A Scottish nobleman.
A Scottish nobleman.
King Duncan's younger son and Malcolm's brother.
Men hired by Macbeth to kill Banquo and Fleance.
The guardian of the gate at Macbeth's castle..
The goddess of witchcraft.
Lady Macbeth's attendant.
A warlike English lord.
Young Siward
Siward's son.
King Edward
The King of England. He is so saintly his touch can cure the sick.
A captain in the Scottish Army.
Macbeth's servant.
Old Man
An elderly fellow who sees some strange things happen the night Macbeth murders Duncan.
English Doctor
An English doctor.
Scottish Doctor
The doctor Macbeth assigns to cure Lady Macbeth of her madness.