Macbeth - Character overview

The cast of characters in Macbeth is not particularly large but each has an important part to play in the unfolding drama. Many of the characters are from the Scottish ruling class. Other characters are servants or soldiers and even supernatural beings. The central characters, the Macbeths, have a strong influence over the lives of the other characters. And they in their turn, are influenced by the words and actions of others.

Main characters

  • Macbeth
  • Lady Macbeth

Secondary characters

  • Banquo
  • Macduff
  • The Witches

Minor characters

  • Duncan
  • Malcolm
  • Donalbain
  • Fleance
  • Seyton
  • Lady Macduff
  • The porter
  • Hecate