What kind of person is Lady Macbeth?
Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous and frightening female characters. When we first see her, she is already plotting Duncan's murder, and she is stronger, more ruthless, and more ambitious than her husband. She seems fully aware of this and knows that she will have to push Macbeth into committing murder.
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself.
- The moral of the story is that power corrupts, and we do have control over our own lives. Macbeth decides that he does deserve to be king, because the witches put the idea in his head. Yet the ambition was already there. Shakespeare wrote the play as a tribute to King James I..
- Macduff is also "the first character to suggest his suspicion regarding Macbeth's ascension to the throne" (character analysis). Macduff realizes that his family was killed because of his relationship with Macbeth, so he feels the need to personally avenge them.
- The climax of the play takes place in Act Three, Scene 3, when Macbeth's assassins successfully kill Banquo but are not able to murder his son, Fleance. Up to this point in the play, everything has gone the way Macbeth has planned. Macbeth then attends a feast where he sees Banquo's ghost.
In his quest for power, aided and abetted by Lady Macbeth, Macbeth has been responsible for the murders of King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff's family. He has also become a harsh and cruel king. In Scene 5, Seyton notifies Macbeth that Lady Macbeth has committed suicide.
- Young Siward is a character in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth (1606). He is the son of Siward, general of the English forces in the battle against Macbeth. Macbeth kills him in the final battle, shortly before his swordfight with Lord Macduff.
- So, by this point in the play, all of Macduff's family is dead -- murder by his kinsman turned enemy Macbeth. In Act IV, Scene II of Macbeth, a number of henchmen arrive at the Macduff castle in Fife with orders to kill Lady Macduff and her son. They all get killed by murderes sent by Macbeth.
- Macbeth Kills Young Siward.
- Macbeth kills Duncan.
- Macbeth kills Duncan's Servants (2)
- 3 Murderers kill Banquo (hired by Macbeth)
- 3 Murderers kill Son of Macduff (hired by Macbeth)
- 3 Murderers kill Lady Macduff (hired by Macbeth)
- Macbeth Also kills all 3 murderers to cover his tracks (3)
- Lady Macbeth kills herself.
Updated: 21st September 2018