There are many themes that run throughout the play Macbeth. Explore the main themes of fate, ambition and appearance and reality looking at how they affect characters and influence the story.
Which of these themes is highlighted by the Witches?
How does Macbeth try to cheat fate?
How do the Witches' riddles contribute to the theme of fate?
They confuse Macbeth
They make Macbeth think he's invincible
They convince Macduff to fight
What vision does Macbeth have, apart from Banquo's ghost?
He sees the ghost of his wife
He sees a vision of a dagger before killing Duncan
He sees a vision of Banquo's murder
What theme do Macbeth's visions contribute to?
Appearance and Reality
What does Lady Macbeth see that isn't really there?
Blood on her hands
What does Macbeth say is like a horse?
What is a 'tragic flaw'?
The thing that ruins a play
Being a tragic hero
The thing that brings a hero down
What does Macbeth see at Dunsinane that makes him realise the Witches' riddles have tricked him?
The wood moving
Who, apart from Macbeth, contributes most to the theme of Ambition?