By William Shakespeare


Act I Study Guide

Vocabulary Terms: - Act I

Heath - a barren wasteland

Thane - Scottish title of rank, lowest title of nobility

Hurly-burly - battle

Ere - before

Graymalkin - a familiar (cat, usually deformed)

Paddock - a familiar (toad)

Broil - battle

Choke their art - to render useless

Kerns - lightly armed Irish mercenary soldiers

Gallowglasses - Irish mercenary soldiers armed with battle axes

Golgotha - place of crucifixion

Bellona's bridegroom - name given to Macbeth

Composition - terms of peace

St. Colme's Inch - island north of Scotland where the ransom was left