Use this graphic organizer to collect your thoughts about characterization in Macbeth. As you read each scene record what you learn about the character. Add the line from the play that supports your idea.
•Lady Macbeth looks like a serious, ambitious woman who is not afraid to go after what she desires •MACBETH: “not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee” Actions
•She says everything to convince Macbeth that he should kill King Duncan. •When Duncan is killed, she says that she will smear the servants with the king’s blood so that they will look responsible. This displays Lady Macbeth’s determination to carry out what she puts her mind to. •“But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail…” •“If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt.” Speech
•She is not affected by death. She quickly moved on.
•“A little water clears us of this deed: How easy is it then!” Thoughts
•I feel that Lady macbeth does not regret any of her decisions. She feels that Macbeth is kind of a coward
•She expects Macbeth to go through with the deed, and reacts with disappointment when Macbeth tells her that he cannot kill King Duncan. •“Was the hope drunk /Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since? /And wakes it now, to look so green and pale /At what it did so freely?” Macbeth
•Macbeth seems ambitious like his wife, but he also seems like he wants to be of good moral and this conflicts with his plan to murder King Duncan. •“He's here in double trust: /First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, /Strong both against the deed: then, as his host, /Who should against his murderer shut the door, /Not bear the knife myself.” Actions
•He is convinced by his wife to kill Duncan. He speaks to an invisible dagger, which is the same as going mad. •He goes through with the plan and successfully murders Duncan. •“Mine eyes are made the fools o' the other senses, /Or else worth all the rest: I see thee still; /And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, / Which was not so before. There's no such thing: /It is the bloody business which informs /Thus to mine eyes.” •“I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. /Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell /That summons thee to heaven or to hell.” Speech
•He speaks like he is nervous; his action of killing Duncan makes him feel baly. •“How is't with me, when every noise appals me? /What hands are here? Ha, they pluck out mine eyes!” Thoughts
•He feels guilty because he killed Duncan. He thinks there is nothing in his power to erase that guilt within him. •“Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood /Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather /The multitudinous seas incarnadine, /Making the green one red.” Interactions
•He did not react the way his wife wanted him to. At first, he wanted to back out of murdering Duncan. However, Lady Macbeth convinced him otherwise. Once he finally decided to kill Duncan, she still saw him as a coward. •“I'll go no more: /I am afraid to think what I have done; /Look on't again I dare not.” •“Infirm of purpose!”