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Macbeth vocab. Thane (n.). A nobleman under service of a king, much like a knight Known by the names of the places they ruled Macbeth=Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor Macduff=Thane of Fife. Motif (n.). The repetition of an image, symbol, or idea in a work of literature Motifs in Macbeth

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Macbeth vocab

Macbeth vocab


Thane n

Thane (n.)

  • A nobleman under service of a king, much like a knight

  • Known by the names of the places they ruled

    • Macbeth=Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor

    • Macduff=Thane of Fife


Motif n

Motif (n.)

  • The repetition of an image, symbol, or idea in a work of literature

    • Motifs in Macbeth

      • Blood

      • Clothing

      • Sleep/sleeplessness

      • Light/darkness

      • Birds

      • Unnatural occurrences


Comic relief n

Comic relief (n.)

  • In drama, a humorous scene that follows a serious one

  • Intensifies the seriousness by adding contrast


Motifs in macbeth

Motifs in Macbeth

  • Blood

    • Duncan: “What bloody man is that?” I/ii

    • Macbeth: “…When we have marked with blood those sleepy two of his own chambers and used their very daggers…” I/vii

  • Clothing

    • Macbeth: “The Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” I/iii

    • Banquo: “New honors come upon him, like our strange garments, cleave not to their mold but with the aid of use.” I/iii


Motifs in macbeth1

Motifs in Macbeth

  • Light/Darkness

    • Macbeth: “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” I/iv

    • LM: “Come, thick night, and pall me in the dunnest smoke of hell!” I/v


Motifs in macbeth2

Motifs in Macbeth

  • Sleep/sleeplessness

    • LM: “When in swinish sleep their drenched natures lie as in a death, what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan?” I/vii


Your motif task from here on in

Your motif task from here on in:

  • Choose a motif from the previous list

  • Every time it is mentioned in Macbeth, note the page # in your notebook or mark the page with a sticky note.

  • These references will become the basis of a unit assessment


Minion n

Minion (n.)

  • Assistant or servant

  • The dictator used his minions to do his dirty work


Disburse v

Disburse (v.)

  • To pay out to someone

  • The treasurer disbursed $1000.00 for the field trip.


Ague n

ague (n.)

  • Fever

    • The ague left him hallucinating and blabbering.


Dire adj

dire (adj.)

  • very bad

    • After the botched robbery attempt, the three found themselves in a dire situation.


Harbinger n

Harbinger (n.)

  • One who announces the arrival of another

  • The robin is the harbinger of spring.


Missive n

Missive (n.)

  • Letter

  • After reading about a tax increase, he sent a missive to his congressman.


Prate v

prate (v.)

  • To speak foolishly or about trivial matters

  • The girls would prate on and on about their favorite boy bands


Trifle n

trifle (n.)

  • Something trivial or unimportant

  • He threw his life away as if it were a trifle.


Equivocate v

equivocate (v.)

  • To speak vaguely or be deliberately unclear; to speak in half-truths

  • The three witches equivocate with Macbeth.


Chide v

chide (v.)

  • Tell somebody off (gently)

  • The woman would chide her young son for misbehaving in public.


Parricide n

parricide (n.)

  • The murder of one’s parents

  • No one could understand what drove her to parricide


Suborn v

suborn (v.)

  • Persuade another to do wrong, esp. with a bribe

  • I tried to suborn my teachers to get better grades, but most of them refused.


Blank verse n

Blank Verse (n.)

  • Unrhymed iambic pentameter

    • (ten syllables per line, no end rhyme)

    • Most of Macbeth is written in blank verse

    • “Lower-class” characters speak in straight prose

    • Other characters deviate from blank verse if they are lying, speaking prophecy, or doing something out of the ordinary


Blank verse n1

Blank Verse (n.)

  • Unrhymed iambic pentameter

    • (ten syllables per line, no end rhyme)

    • “All hail Macbeth. Hail to thee Thane of Glamis” (10 syllables)

    • “All hail Macbeth. Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor.” (11 syllables)

    • “All hail Macbeth, that shall be king hereafter.”(11 syllables)


Couplet n

couplet (n.)

  • two lines of verse that form a unit alone or as part of a poem, especially two that rhyme and have the same meter


Paradox n

Paradox (n.)

  • A statement that seems to be contradictory but that might be true when considered from a particular perspective.

    • Fair is foul and foul is fair.

    • To achieve peace, you must prepare for war.


Aside n

Aside (n.)

  • a remark made by an actor, usually to the audience, that the other characters on stage supposedly cannot hear

    • Asides are designated in the script of a drama

      • Ex: MACBETH (aside): This supernatural soliciting cannot be good; cannot be ill.


Aside n1

Aside (n.)

  • a remark made by an actor, usually to the audience, that the other characters on stage supposedly cannot hear

    • In film, characters address the camera when using asides.


Intemperance n

intemperance (n.)

  • overindulgence, the inability to control one’s desires.

    • His intemperance lead to liver disease.


Laud v

laud (v.)

  • praise somebody

    • laudable (adj): worthy of praise

    • His performance on the football field was laudable.


Incensed adj

incensed (adj.)

  • angry

  • He was so incensed that he threw his toys across the room.


Entrails n

entrails (n.)

  • innards (guts)

    • The hunters threw the elk’s entrails to the dogs.


Epicure n

epicure (n.)

  • expert in food and wine and the “finer things” in life

    • To be a food critic, one must be a bit of an epicure.


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