Macbeth - a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, Lady Macbeth - a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position. Early in the play she seems to be the stronger and more ruthless of the two, as she urges her husband to kill Duncan and seize the crown, Banquo - The brave, noble general whose children, according to the witches’ prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. Like Macbeth, he thinks ambitious thoughts, but he does not translate those thoughts into action, Duncan - The good King of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. He is the model of a virtuous, benevolent, and farsighted ruler, Three witches - Three “black and midnight hags” who plot mischief against Macbeth using charms, spells, and prophecies. Their predictions prompt him to murder Duncan, to order the deaths of Banquo and his son, and to blindly believe in his own immortality, Macduff - Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth’s kingship from the start. He eventually becomes a leader of the crusade to unseat Macbeth, Hecate - The goddess of witchcraft, who helps the three witches work their mischief on Macbeth, Fleance - Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him. At the end of the play, his whereabouts are unknown, Lennox - A Scottish nobleman, Ross - A Scottish nobleman, The murderers - A group of ruffians conscripted by Macbeth to murder Banquo, Fleance (whom they fail to kill), and Macduff’s wife and children, Porter - The drunken doorman of Macbeth’s castle, Donalbain - Duncan’s son and Malcolm’s younger brother, Lady Macduff - Macduff’s wife. The scene in her castle provides our only glimpse of a domestic realm other than that of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Malcolm - The son of Duncan, whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland’s return to order following Macbeth’s reign of terror.,

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