Insight of Characters?

Macbeth - 'Macbeth' Movie Adaptation by Polanski. "Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor. The greatest is behind."

Macbeth: A scottish general and the thane of Glamis. (“Thane” is a Scottish title of nobility, and the Glamis is a village in eastern Scotland.) Macbeth is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of three witches. These three witches had told Macbeth that he was to be Thane of Cawdor and King afterwards  in the future and that his best friend – Banquo – ‘s sons would have the line of kings. Macbeth is manipulated psychologically by his strange arrivals (the witches) and he is led on by ambition by his wife, known as ‘Lady Macbeth’, to murder the worthy, innocent King, ‘King Duncan’.

Lady Macbeth - 'Macbeth' Movie Adaptation by Polanski. "The raven himself is hoarse, that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements. Come, you Spirits that tend on mortal thoughts. Unsex me here. Fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Stop up the access and passage to remorse that no compunctious visiting of nature shake my fell purpose."

Lady Macbeth: Lady Macbeth is the wife of Macbeth who is portrayed as a very manipulative woman who dominates over Macbeth, making decisions which weren’t his, psychologically forced to be made his own. But in the beginning of the play, only the lust for power happens for just a while of yearning the crown to be hers but in order to get what she wants she needed to use her husband to make sure that the crown stayed his but also hers. But as Macbeth succeeds in getting what they wanted, Lady Macbeth’s power over Macbeth narrows down as Macbeth gains control over his own self esteem.Coming to the end of the play, Lady Macbeth commits suicide, confessing in her sleep to a servant and a doctor about her doings to gain the crown. Early in the play, Macbeth feels for Lady Macbeth, writing down in a letter of his great news of having King Duncan over for supper and celebration of “My dearest partner of greatness.” But as power consumes both of the main characters, they find themselves drawing themselves apart, feeling nothing but ambition.

The Three Wtiches - 'Macbeth' Movie Adaptation by Polanski. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air"

The Three Witches: The three witches manipulate Macbeth with their myths of him becoming from Thane of Glamis to Thane of Cawdor and then KING, which was Macbeth’s strong desire as soon as it is mentioned. The witches enjoy announcing their prophecies by destroying the human beings who strongly believe in what they say. The prophecy also states that his best friend – Banquo – will have the line of Kings but he himself will not become King. Macbeth is devastated by the prophecy as he would not remain King forever so he kills his best friend, including the King and moves on to a Scottish nobleman called MacDuff.

Banquo - 'Macbeth' Movie Adaptation by Polanski. "Which of you have done this?"

Banquo: He is a brave nobleman who serves the King as well as Macbeth, he (Banquo) is close friends with him who later betrays him. Banquo does feel ambitious for the crown but does not make his moves into actions but keeps all his thought about it to himself, keeping it all in, making sure that he doesn’t make any bad impressions. After Banquo is murdered under the hands of his untrustworthy friend (Macbeth) his ghost is known to Macbeth, haunting him in front of the lords who were extremely important at the the time.

King Duncan and Macbeth - 'Macbeth' Movie Adaptation By Polanski. "Welcome hither. I have begun to plant thee and will labour to make thee full of growing."

King Duncan: He was a noble good King of Scotland whom Macbeth later kills to have the crown in his hands. King Duncan represents the complete opposite of how a King should rule, comparing to Macbeth. Macbeth’s death at the end of the play implies that hell has no longer escaped from its cage, by the arm of King Duncan’s heir, Malcom, who later takes over the place of Macbeth and Scotland is safe again.

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Macduff - 'Macbeth' Movie Adaptation by Polanski. "Despair thy charm and let the angel whom thou hast served tell thee Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripped."

Macduff: A Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth’s kingship from the start. He eventually becomes a leader of the crusade to unseat Macbeth. The crusade’s mission is to place the rightful king, Malcolm, on the throne, but Macduff also desires vengeance for Macbeth’s murder of Macduff’s wife and young son.

Malcolm: The son of Duncan, whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland’s return to order following Macbeth’s reign of terror. Malcolm becomes a serious challenge to Macbeth with Macduff’s aid (and the support of England). Prior to this, he appears weak and uncertain of his own power, as when he and Donalbain flee Scotland after their father’s murder.

Hecate Image - Goddess of Magic

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, Fleance’s whereabouts are unknown. Presumably, he may come to rule Scotland, fulfilling the witches’ prophecy that Banquo’s sons will sit on the Scottish throne.

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.

Lady Macduff: Macduff’s wife. The scene in her castle provides our only glimpse of family life other than that of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. She and her home serve as contrasts to Lady Macbeth and the hellish world of Inverness.

Donalbain: Duncan’s son and Malcolm’s younger brother.


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