Revise the key points

Read through the key points, then print the cards as a handy revision aid.

1 Ambition

This is the driving force behind Macbeth's evil actions. His ambition to be king, encouraged by his wife, leads to the murder of Duncan.

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2 Conflict

The witches' declaration that 'foul is fair' runs through the play in physical and internal conflicts, and in the motifs of day and night.

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3 The supernatural

A dagger appears to Macbeth before he kills Duncan, and Lady Macbeth sees spots of blood on her hands.

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4 Witchcraft

The witches set the scene for the play, foreshadowing the foul-play that follows. Macbeth seeks them out again and they prophesy his death.

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5 Revenge

A series of 'revenges' run through the play, following on from the murder of Duncan. Macduff's vengeance ends the play when he kills Macbeth.

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