In Shakespeare’s Elizabethan play Macbeth, we meet numerous characters, but only a handful of them are truly important. You can find an overview of them below (Fig. 1). 

The main character and tragic hero of the play is Macbeth, a Scottish nobleman who decides to kill his king, Duncan, because three witches  predict that Macbeth will become king. His wife, Lady Macbeth, fully supports his ambition, although her guilty conscience later appears to drive her mad.

After Duncan’s murder, Macbeth becomes king and then has his friend and fellow general Banquo murdered because the witches made a prophecy for him too: Banquo is to be the father of future kings, which Macbeth sees as a threat. However, Banquo’s ghost returns to haunt him. Macbeth goes to s...

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