Macbeth - Dramatis Personae



1. "When shall we three meet again? / In thunder, lightning or in rain?"
5. "The moon is down; I have not heard the clock."
8. "We fail? / But screw your courage to the sticking place,/And we'll not fail. . . ."
9. "Faith, sir, we were carousing till the second cock . . . "
11. "Who was the thane lives yet, / But under heavy judgement bears that life / Which he deserves to lose."
12. adverb meaning "in such a manner" or "very"
16. "This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air / Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself / Unto our gentle senses."
17. "Do we but find the tyrant's power tonight, / Let us be beaten if we cannot fight."
21. "Ring the alarum bell! Blow wind, come wrack! / At least we'll die with harness on our back."
22. The __________ Doctor says, "Were I away from Dunsinane and clear, / Profit again should hardly draw me here."
24. "Be lion mettled, proud and take no care / Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are / Macbeth shall never be vanquished . . . "
25. "Thou hast it it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, / As the weird women promised, and I fear / Thou play'dst most foully for it."
26. A conjunction indicating an alternative is _________.
27. "His flight was madness. When our actions do not, / Our fears do make us traitors."


2. "And now about the cauldron sing, / Like elves and fairies in a ring, / Enchanting all that you put in."
3. "Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies. / Some say he's mad; others, that lesser hate him, / Do call it violent fury
4. "The queen, my lord, is dead."
6. "Doubtful it stood, / As two spent swimmers, that do cling together / And choke their art . . . "
7. "There's but one down; the son is fled."
10. "The English pow'r is near, led on by Malcolm . . ."
13. The _________ man says, "'Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that's done . . ."
14. "So thanks to all at once and to each one, / Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone."
15. Macbeth is speaking to a __________ when he says, "Avaunt! and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee!"
16. "To Ireland, I; our separated fortune / Shall keep us both the safer."
18. "Is ' t night ' s predominance, or the day ' s shame, / That darkness does the face of entomb, / When living light should kiss it?"
19. "Those of his chamber, as it seemed, had done ' t: / Their hands and faces were all badged with blood . . ."
20. "As I did stand my watch upon the hill, / I looked toward Birnam, and, anon, methought, / The wood began to move."
23. "Not for their own demerits but for mine / Fell slaughter on their souls...."


1. Complete the crossword above using the names of the speakers for each of the quotations or by finding the appropriate word to fill the blank in the clue.

2. List five archaic words from the quotations and write a modern equivalent beside each of those words.

3. Find one example of figurative language in the quotations. Identify it and explain its meaning and effect.


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MacBeth : Man and Myth by Nick Aitchison

Macbeth (DVD) by Roman Polanski (Director).

Macbeth (VHS) by Roman Polanski (Director).

Macbeth (VHS) by Orson Welles (Director)

Macbeth (VHS) with McKellen, Dench and the Royal Shakespeare Company

Macbeth (Audio CD) by Naxos AudioBooks

The Making of the Cauldron : An Analysis of Witch and Witchcraft Power in MacBeth (Stanford Honor Essays in Humanities, No 37) by William J. Nevenfledt

The Tragedy of MacBeth : With Connections from Hrw Classics Library

Macbeth : A Unit Plan (CD-ROM) by Mary B. Collins

MacBeth (Global Shakespeare Series) by by D. Saliani

Witches and Jesuits : Shakespeare's MacBeth by Garry Wills

MacBeth : Teacher's Book (The Graphic Shakespeare Series) by Hilary Burningham, Dan May (Illustrator)

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