Scene 1 – Three badly dressed witches are discussing when they wish to meet with Macbeth.
Scene 2 – A bloodied man tells King Duncan and his group about the battle and how Macbeth fought nobly. The king rewards Macbeth with the title of Thane of Cawdor and money.
Scene 3 – The three witches tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. At first he doesn’t believe this yet when he is told that he is the Thane of Cawdor he begins to believe it. Banquo is also told by the witches he will have sons who are going to become king.
Scene 4 – King Duncan meets with Macbeth and Banquo and tells them that his son, Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland, is going to become the king. Macbeth is disappointed by this and has deep desires to become the king.
Scene 5 – Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife realises that she wants to become the queen and wants her husband to be the king. She hears that Prince Malcolm is coming to their castle and realises this is a perfect opportunity for her to kill him.
Scene 6 – King Duncan comes to the castle and talks about how nice the castle is, whilst it is actually in quite a poor condition. King Duncan once again praises Macbeth for his good deeds on the battlefield.
Scene 7 – Macbeth doesn’t want to murder King Duncan and is contemplating it. He decides he won’t do it but then Lady Macbeth comes in and insults him for being a coward and also tells him that he doesn’t love her if he doesn’t do it. Macbeth finally agrees to kill King Duncan by stabbing him in his sleep.
Scene 1 – Macbeth once again is unsure if he should do it. Soon he starts to hallucinate and sees a sword in front of himself. After he realises that the longer he thinks about doing the deed, the harder it will become to go through with.
Scene 2 – Macbeth goes to do the deed and kills Duncan. He comes back and feels immediate remorse for his actions, so Lady Macbeth goes back to make it look like the drunk guards did it.
Scene 3 – Macduff and Lennox come to the castle and talk to Macbeth about the terrible night they had. Then one of them go to see King Duncan and find he is dead. Macbeth follows them and acts like he had no idea it happened. He kills the guards out of ‘rage’. Duncans sons, Malcolm and Donalbain feel like they will be killed and split up to go to Ireland and Scotland.
Scene 4 – Macduff and Ross talk and Ross asks Macduff who killed King Duncan. Macduff says it was the guards yet is suspicious that it was the two sons of Duncan because they have fled. Macduff then asks who the next king will be and Ross tells him that Macbeth has already been crowned king.
Scene 1 – Macbeth sends the guards off to kill Banquo and his son Fleance because he believes the Banquo may know what he did due to their encounter with the three witches. You can see that Macbeth is becoming evil because he is okay with killing his best friend and his son.
Scene 2 – Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk about how they don’t feel any better after what they have done and have lost all that they have had. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth also that he plans to kill Banquo and Fleance, yet he won’t tell her why to keep her from feeling guilty.
Scene 3 – Macbeth sends out a third murderer to help kill Banquo and Fleance. This guard groups up with the other two. The three guards attack Banquo and Fleance yet only kill Banquo because Fleance runs away. After the third guard kills the other two because he is the only one Banquo trusts.
Scene 4 – Macbeth invites other royal people to a feast yet during the feast he sees a vision of Banquo’s ghost and begins shouting at it while hallucinating. Whilst everyone at the dinner table is very confused, Lady Macbeth tries to explain why Macbeth is acting so strangely, and eventually is forced to end the dinner before Macbeth goes crazy.
Scene 5 – Macbeth goes to see the three witches who are making a stew of nasty things. They tell him to keep killing people and he will stay king, yet he has to be careful of three things, men not born by a woman, Macduff and the forest approaching him. He is confused by the forest and doesn’t think the forest could ever approach him. Also, he thinks no one can hurt him because everyone is born from a woman.
Scene 6 – Lennox and another royal man are discussing the murders and begin to talk about their suspicions that Macbeth was the one who killed King Duncan. They also talk about how Malcolm and Donalbain plan to go kill Macbeth. Macduff also has suspicions that Macbeth had killed King Duncan and goes to England as well. Macbeth decides to punish Macduff for not trusting him and plans to kill his family.
Scene 1 – Nothing
Scene 2 – Macduff’s wife is angry that Macduff has fled and tries to convince her son that he has been killed. Macduff’s son although happens to be very smart like his father and can sense that he is not dead and she is lying. Soon after a man runs into their castle and tells them to flee because he senses danger. Macduff’s wife ponders that act and because of it she is killed along with her son.
Scene 3 – Macduff has left his wife and the family and sees Malcolm in England who is preparing an army. Malcolm doesn’t trust Macduff so he tests him by saying that he will become King and be corrupt, this makes Macduff disappointed so he decides to trust Macduff. Soon Macduff hears that his wife and children have been killed and then become very sad, Malcolm tells him to turn this sadness into anger and they vow to kill Macbeth in Scotland.
Scene 1 – Lady Macbeth’s maid has noticed Lady Macbeth sleepwalking and talking often and decides to get a doctor to help diagnose and fix what is happening. A doctor watches over Lady Macbeth for two nights and nothing happens yet on the third night she gets up and in front the maid and doctor admits to all the murders and talks about how she can never clean the blood off of her hands. The maid and the doctor decide not to speak of this because they fear for their lives.
Scene 2 – Scottish rebels are waiting for the English army to arrive. They find out soon after that Macbeth is waiting in his castle and gathering up troops.
Scene 3 – Macbeth is in his castle and is very confident because of what the three witches said. On the outside, he looks strong but on the inside, he is crumbling. The doctor comes to him and tells him that Lady Macbeth can not be cured and that makes Macbeth quite angry.
Scene 4 – Malcolm’s army comes across Birnan forest and Malcolm decides that it is a good idea to have every soldier take a branch from the tree and use it as camouflage. This is the first sign that the witches were right.
Scene 5 – Macbeth hears a scream from the castle whilst feeling confident and soon finds out that was his wife committing suicide off the castle. He realises that because he lost his true love, he has nothing left, and will fight until he dies. The guard comes in and tells him that the wood is coming towards him, then Macbeth realises he will die.
Scene 6 – Malcolm and Macduff tell the army to throw down their leafy screens and tell them to be ready to attack.
Scene 7 – A young soldier called Siward challenges Macbeth to a duel and because Macbeth is a experienced fighter, he easily kills Siward.
Scene 8 – Macbeth starts to fight with Macduff feeling confident but soon realises that Macduff is not born of a woman and is killed.