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Characters in Literature II
Attendant of Lady Macbeth; discusses her condition with a doctor
'Good night, good doctor.'
Son of a Scottish nobleman; killed by Macbeth
'The devil himself could not produce a title more hateful to mine ear!'
Younger son of the king; flies to Ireland following his death
'To Ireland, I. Our separated fortune shall keep us both the safer.'
A bloody child; tells that none of woman born can harm Macbeth.
'For none of woman born can harm Macbeth.'
Urges her husband to commit murder; sleepwalks and finds imaginary blood on her hands in Act V
'But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail!'
A Weird Sister; 'Eye of newt and toe of frog/ Wool of bat and tongue of dog.'
'By the pricking of my thumbs/ Something wicked this way comes.'
Slain offstage in Act II; his death is the beginning of Macbeth's foul play
'So well thy words become thy wounds,/ They smack of honour both.'
Hired by Macbeth to eliminate Banquo
''Tis Banquo's then.'
Goddess of magic; Mistress of the witches
'And I, the mistress of your charms,/ The close contriver of all harms...'
Wounded soldier on the battlefield; tells of Macbeth's bravery
'But I am faint, my gashes cry for help.'
Attendant to the Macbeths; informs Macbeth that the English army is marching on Scotland
A Weird Sister; has the first line in the play
'When shall we three meet again?'
A Scottish lord; 'Meet we the medicine of the sickly weal/ And with him, pour we, in our country's purge, each drop of us.'
'Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies/ Some say he's mad,/Others do call it valiant fury/ But for certain, he cannot buckle his distempered cause/ Within the belt of rule.'
Captain and friend of Macbeth; Brutally murdered in Act III
'Yet I fear thou playst most foully for it.'
Kills the tyrant at the end of the play; discovers that the King has been killed in Act II
'Bleed, bleed, poor country!'
Appears in Act 4; Informs Malcolm and Macduff on Macbeth's health
'There are a crew of wretched souls/ That stay his cure.'
A crowned child with a tree; prophesies that Macbeth will only be harmed when Birnam Forest comes to Dunsinane.
'Macbeth shall never vanquished be until/ Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill/ Shall come against him.'
A Scottish lord; serves Macbeth
'What's your gracious pleasure?'
Examines Lady Macbeth during the sleepwalking scene
'This disease is beyond my practice.'
Drunken doorkeeper; provides humour preceding discovery of the King's death.
'Marry, sir; sleep, nose-painting, and urine.'
A Scottish lord; his son is killed by Macbeth
'Had I as many hairs as I hath sons, I would not wish them to a nobler death.'
Son of Banquo; escapes from murderers
'The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.'
'Manipulated by Weird Sisters; becomes King of Scotland
'Out, out, brief candle!'
Elderly citizen who offers wisdom to Macduff and Ross
'Threescore and ten I can remember well.'
Her husband runs to England; in his absence, she is killed
'Whither should I fly?'
A Scottish lord; 'Now does he feel his secret murders sticking upon his hands...'
'Now does he feel his title/ Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe/ Upon a dwarfish thief.'
Brings news of the traitor, the Thane of Cawdor; cousin to Macduff
'Assisted b that most disloyal traitor,' the Thane of Cawdor...'
An armed head; warns Macbeth of Macduff
'Beware the Thane of Fife.'
Prince of Cumberland; becomes King of Scotland at the end of the play
'If such a one be fit to govern, speak. I am as I have spoken.'
A Scottish lord; present in the Banquet scene; discusses the state of Scotland with another lord in Act III, Scene 6
'Or so much as it needs/ To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds; Make we our march towards Birnam.
A Scottish lord; 'The English power is near, led on by Malcolm.'
'The wood of Birnam.'
A Weird Sister; prophesies that Macbeth will become king
'Maw and gulf of the ravined salt sea shark!'
Killed along with his mother
'Then the liars and swearers are fools; for there are liars and swearers enough to beat the honest men and hang up them.'
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