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Macbeth Macbeth is Thane of Glamis, then Thane of Cawdor. He ascends to the throne of Scotland by murdering the king. His treachery becomes his undoing. Read More
Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is Macbeth's wife. She encourages and enables his ambitions but is driven mad by her own suppressed guilt. Read More
Witches The three witches—also known as the weird sisters—collectively make predictions that drive Macbeth's ambition and bring about his defeat. Read More
Banquo Banquo is a Scottish thane and a friend of Macbeth's. Macbeth kills him when he becomes a threat. Read More
Macduff Macduff is the Thane of Fife. He suspects Macbeth from the beginning and eventually defeats him in battle. Read More
Duncan Duncan is the king of Scotland. Macbeth kills him to obtain the crown, despite Duncan showing him much favor. Read More
Malcolm Malcolm is King Duncan's older son. He flees to England following his father's murder and returns with an army to defeat Macbeth. Read More
Angus Angus is a Scottish thane who suspects Macbeth of foul play and rises against him.
Caithness Caithness is a Scottish thane who suspects Macbeth of foul play and rises against him.
Captain The Captain is a soldier who reports to King Duncan that Macbeth has defeated the rebel Macdonwald.
Donalbain Donalbain is King Duncan's younger son. He flees to Ireland after his father is killed.
English Doctor The English Doctor visits the castle of Edward, king of England. He tells Malcolm that Edward will be meeting with a group of sick people, as he is able to heal them with his touch.
First Apparition The First Apparition is of an armed head; it warns Macbeth to be wary of Macduff, the Thane of Fife.
First Murderer The First Murderer is one of Macbeth's henchmen. He kills Banquo and Macduff's wife and son.
Fleance Fleance is Banquo's son. He escapes the killers and flees Scotland after his father's murder.
Gentlewoman The Gentlewoman is a servant, or lady-in-waiting, to Lady Macbeth. She consults a doctor regarding Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking.
Hecate Hecate is the goddess of magic and witchcraft. She berates the witches for advising Macbeth without consulting her.
Lady Macduff Lady Macduff is Macduff's wife. She is murdered by Macbeth's henchmen.
Lennox Lennox is a Scottish thane. He suspects Macbeth of foul play and rises against him.
Macduff's Son The Son of Macduff is murdered by Macbeth's henchmen.
Menteith Menteith is a Scottish thane. He suspects Macbeth of foul play and rises against him.
Old Man The Old Man discusses ominous omens with Ross on the day following King Duncan's murder.
Porter The Porter is a servant to Macbeth. He provides light relief as he speaks with Macduff about the things that drink provokes.
Ross Ross is a Scottish thane who suspects Macbeth of foul play and rises against him.
Scottish Doctor The Scottish Doctor consults with Lady Macbeth's lady-in-waiting about Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking.
Second Apparition The Second Apparition is of a blood-covered child. It assures Macbeth that no one "born of woman" can harm him.
Second Murderer The Second Murderer is one of Macbeth's henchmen. He kills Banquo and Macduff's wife and son.
Seyton Seyton is a servant of Macbeth's who announces the death of Lady Macbeth.
Siward Siward is an English earl and kinsman to Malcolm. He helps him raise an army to defeat Macbeth.
Third Apparition The Third Apparition is of a crowned child holding a tree. It tells Macbeth that the only way he may be defeated is if Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill.
Third Murderer The Third Murderer is one of Macbeth's henchmen. He kills Banquo and Macduff's wife and son.
Young Siward Young Siward is Siward's son and an English soldier. He is killed by Macbeth in the final battle.
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