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Study Guide: Macbeth: Characters

Macbeth                    Scottish general ambitious enough to commit regicide to become king

Lady Macbeth          His wife; ambitious; later remorseful

Banquo                    General, murdered by hired killers

Fleance                    Banquo's son

Duncan                    King of Scotland

Malcolm                   Eldest son of Duncan, Prince of Cumberland

Donalbain               Youngest son of Duncan

Macduff                   General, dedicated to the good of Scotland

Ross                        Cousin to Macduff

Lennox                    Nobleman, loyal to Duncan

Seyton                    Lieutenant to Macbeth

Siward                     English Earl, supporter of Malcolm

Young Siward         Bravely faces Macbeth though he is killed in battle

Three Witches        Predict Macbeth's ambitions will soon come true; later predict his downfall

Taken from Penguin Guide


A captain in Duncan's army, later the Thane (Lord) of Glamis and Cawdor. When Three Witches predict that he will one day be king of Scotland, he takes his fate into his own hands, allowing his ambition and that of his wife to overcome his better judgement. His bloody reign culminates in a battle against Malcolm and the English forces.

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King of Scotland. His victories against rebellious kinsmen and the Norwegians have made him a popular and honoured king. His decision to pass the kingdom to his son Malcolm provokes his untimely death at the hands of Macbeth.

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Donalbain and Malcolm

Duncan's two sons. Fearful of implication in their father's murder, they flee Scotland, Donalbain to Ireland and Malcolm to England, where he raises a large army with the intention of toppling the tyrant Macbeth.

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The Three Witchess

Three agents of Fate who reveal the truth (or part of it) to Macbeth and Banquo and who later appear to confirm the downfall and tragic destiny of the tyrannical Macbeth. 

Lady Macbeth

The devilish wife of Macbeth, whose ambition helps to drive her husband toward the desperate act of murder. Subsequently, her husband's cruelty and her own guilt recoil on her, sending her into a madness from which she never recovers.

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A thane (nobleman) of Scotland who discovers the murdered King Duncan. Suspecting Macbeth and eventually turning against him, Macduff later flees to England to join Malcolm. When Macbeth arranges the murder of his wife and children, Macduff swears personal revenge.

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A fellow-captain and companion of Macbeth, who also receives a prophecy from the Witches: that his children will one day succeed to the throne of Scotland. This information is sufficient to spell his death at the hands of the resentful Macbeth, who is later haunted by Banquo's ghost.

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