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Macbeth
Eponymous protagonist, ambitious and ruthless
Lady Macbeth
Defies expectations, strong and ambitious, but goes mad
Witches (weird sisters)
Supernatural beings, who prophesise (and influence?) events, could represent conscience.
Banquo
M’s friend, sons prophesised to rule, killed by M’s murderers and returns as ghost. In real-life James I’s ancestor.
Duncan
Good king, praises M at start but murdered by him.
Macduff
Wife and children killed; kills M; born by caesarian.
Malcolm
Duncan’s son and heir to throne, good man, finally crowned
Fleance
Banquo’s son, represents innocence and justice.