Shakespeare's Macbeth - A BRIEF CHARACTER ANALYSIS

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Shakespeare's Macbeth - A BRIEF CHARACTER ANALYSIS by Mind Map: Shakespeare's Macbeth - A BRIEF CHARACTER ANALYSIS

1. LADY MACBETH

1.1. Overly ambitious

1.1.1. Lust for power and control

1.1.1.1. Decisive

1.1.1.1.1. Impulsive

1.1.1.2. Quick to take action

1.1.1.3. Exploits sexual control over Macbeth

1.1.1.4. Insults and belittles Macbeth's manhood

1.1.1.4.1. Implies she is more of a man than Macbeth

1.1.2. Driven mad by guilt after Duncan's murder

2. MACBETH

2.1. Protagonist

2.1.1. Tragic Hero

2.1.1.1. Victim of Hubris

2.1.1.1.1. Easily tempted

2.1.1.1.2. Overly ambitious

2.1.1.1.3. Uncomfortable as a criminal, pursues throne despite this

2.1.2. Indecisive

3. THE WITCHES

3.1. Resembling the Fates of Greek mythology

3.2. Lead Macbeth to have blind faith in his immortality

3.3. Influence Macbeth

3.3.1. Cause him to believe he must kill Duncan and later, kill Banquo and attempt to kill Fleance.

3.4. Do they cause their prophecies to come true?

3.5. Do they cause those who hear their prophecies to make them happen?

4. BANQUO

4.1. Represents the path Macbeth chose not to take

4.1.1. No murder, guilt, or betrayal

4.2. According to the Witches, his bloodline will inherit the Scottish throne

4.2.1. Poses as a threat to Macbeth

5. KING DUNCAN

5.1. Good King of Scotland

5.1.1. Death is a symbol of the destruction of a Ruling era which will only be restored when his bloodline occupies the throne again

5.1.2. Death also symbolizes the death of a peaceful Scotland

6. MACDUFF

6.1. Does not like Macbeth or support his rule

6.1.1. Leads a crusade to unseat Macbeth from the throne

6.1.1.1. "Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane" Act 5 Scene 3 line 2

7. MALCOM

7.1. Son of King Duncan

7.1.1. First appears weak

7.1.1.1. Becomes a serious threat to Macbeth

7.1.2. Return to throne signifies the return to order after Macbeth's rule

8. FLEANCE

8.1. Banquo's son

8.1.1. Threat to Macbeth's rule

8.1.1.1. Macbeth attempts to murder him but he escapes

8.1.1.2. Prophesied to rule Scotland

9. LENNOX

9.1. Scottish nobleman

10. ROSS

10.1. A Scottish nobleman

11. PORTER

11.1. Intoxicated doorman of Macbeth's castle

11.1.1. Delivers a monologue which compares the doors of Macbeth's castle to the gates of hell

12. LADY MACDUFF

12.1. Macduff's wife

12.1.1. The scene in Lady Macduff's home serves as contrast to the life inside Lady Macbeth's home

13. DONALBAIN

13.1. King Duncan's son, Malcom's younger brother

13.1.1. Flees Scotland with Malcom after their father's murder

14. BANQUO'S GHOST

14.1. Haunts Macbeth after his murder

14.1.1. Serves as a representation and manifestation of Macbeth's guilt

14.2. Reminds Macbeth of the path he chose not to take

14.3. Forces Macbeth to confront his actions and the consequences they bear