Characters: a porter, Macduff, Lenox, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Donalbain, Malcolm Location: A courtyard within Macbeth’s castle Events: The castle porter opens the door who imagines himself as the porter of hell gate, welcoming sinners. He lets in Macduff and Lenox and makes jokes to them about the effects of alcohol. Macbeth walks in and […]

Characters: Banquo, Fleance, Macbeth and a servant Location: A court within the castle Events: Macbeth speaks a soliloquy to the audience about killing Duncan. Quote: “Is this a dagger which I see before me…?” Macbeth will need to murder his friend Duncan as his wife is forcing him. He is now looking for clues that […]

Characters: Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Lenox, Macduff, Rosse, Angus and attendants Location: A room in the castle Events: Duncan arrives and everyone acts very nice to him. Macbeth then decides that he will not murder his friend ad he states this in form of a soliloquy. In the middle of this soliloquy about how he […]

  Metaphor is often used in Shakespeare’s work. This is a metaphor spoken by Lady Macbeth: “My keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry, “Hold, hold!” “My keen knife see not the wound it makes…” means that she is about to do something […]

Act 1 Scene 4   Characters: Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lenox, Macbeth, Banquo, Rosse, Angus Location: A room in the King’s palace Time: Events: Macbeth conceals his thoughts of being King from Banquo. Malcolm reports that Cawdor had faced his execution with dignity. Duncan thanks Macbeth and Banquo for defeating the rebels and announces that Malcolm […]

Act 1 Scene 1   Characters: The three witches Location: A desert place Time: Unknown (before the end of the battle Events: The witches plan to meet again after the battle is over. They plan to meet Macbeth on the heath Quote: “Fair is foul and foul is fair.” – paradox