Macbeth

Act 1

Scene 1: Three witches meet in a desert and are planning when to meet Macbeth at the heath in Scotland.

Scene 2: King Duncan, his sons (Malcolm and Donalbain), and other attendants meet a Sergeant who is bleeding. They ask what happened, and he tells them about the battle. King Duncan tells his attendants to take the Sergeant to the doctor. Now Macbeth is the Thane of Cawdor.

Scene 3: The three witches meet Macbeth and Banquo. They tell them that Macbeth is the Thane of Glamis, the Thane of Cawdor, and the king (3 prophecies). Macbeth wonders to himself if that is possible as he does his soliloquy.

Scene 4: When Macbeth hears from King Duncan that the Prince of Cumberland is his son, Malcolm, he starts to worry since the three witches told him he would be the next king.

Scene 5: Lady Macbeth gets a letter about what happened to Macbeth, but she knows that for the third prophecy to come true, King Duncan needs to die. She knows that Macbeth is too kind to do so, so she summons her evil spirits so she can do it. King Duncan is going to visit, so she tries to persuade Macbeth to kill Malcolm. In the end, she tells him to leave it to her.

Scene 6: King Duncan and others arrive to the Macbeth household. Lady Macbeth greets them. King Duncan says things that are really nice about the house and the people.

Scene 7: Macbeth is unsure about this dark deed. Lady Macbeth comes and calls him a coward in order to put confidence in him. She finally convinces him to perform the murder, and Macbeth says that they must hide their false hearts behind their false faces.

Act 2

Scene 1: Banquo starts off talking to his son, Fleance, when he hears a noise. The noise came from Macbeth and a Servant. Banquo tells him that the king is very happy and wanted to give Lady Macbeth a diamond for being a great hostess. After they all (except Macbeth) leave, Macbeth speaks in another soliloquy, and imagines a dagger. It was an imaginary dagger, and he pulls out his own one. He speaks about the murder and he in determined. The bell rings, and it tells Macbeth that it is time to perform the murder on King Duncan.

Scene 2: Lady Macbeth drugged the servants drinks so they would be unconscious and they could blame them for the murder. Macbeth murders King Duncan and returns to Lady Macbeth but is freaked out. He says that since he has done murder to Duncan in his sleep, he may not sleep, too. There is a knocking coming from outside and Lady Macbeth tries to move Macbeth away from the area but it takes some time until he starts to move slowly.

Scene 3: Macduff and Lennox bang on the door and the Porter answers it very upset. Macduff goes to see King Duncan, but returns looking startled because he realises that Duncan was murdered and calls everyone out. The servants were murdered, too. Donalbain and Malcolm finds out too, and since their father has been murdered, there are no longer in line for the throne, so it will be Macbeth’s. Donalbain runs to Ireland, and Malcolm runs away to England.

Scene 4: Macbeth is now crowned. Since the sons have run away, they have created suspicion that they were the murderers.

Act 3

Scene 1: Macbeth asks two murderers to kill Banquo (he’s the only other one who knows about the witches) and Fleance but not to tell anyone. Macbeth convinces the murderers that Banquo is actually their enemy and he is their friend. The murder is to happen that night.

Scene: 2: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth say that it is better to be dead than to live with the crime. Macbeth starts to worry and regret what happened, but later they both cheer up again because of the soon murder of Banquo and Fleance.

Scene 3: A third murderer joins to kill the other two because Macbeth does not want that many people to know about it and maybe the third murderer is closer to him than the other two. The murder happens but Fleance runs away. Once Banquo is dead, the third murderer kills the other two.

Scene 4: Macbeth finds out that Banquo is dead but Fleance ran away. He goes back to the banquet and hallucinates and sees Banquo’s ghost. He is reminded that he is acting strange and toasts to everyone but sees the ghost again. He freaks out his guests and they all leave when Lady Macbeth urges them to.

Scene 5: The three witches are producing something in a cauldron. Macbeth goes to the three witches to get answers. The witches tells him that (1) Beware of Macduff, (2) Don’t worry of anyone who was born of a woman, and (3) Something bad will happen if the Birnam forest comes to his kingdom. The witches have tricked him into thinking that nothing is going to happen to him because he thinks that he can take down Macduff, everyone has a mother, and a forest can’t move.

Scene 6: Lennox and another Lord talk about the murder and how monstrous it is that Duncan’s sons would kill their own father. They suspect Macbeth was the murderer. Malcolm is preparing an army. Macbeth is preparing for war.

Act 4

Scene 1: Macbeth is told that Macduff is in England and they are going to kill Macduff’s entire family.

Scene 2: Macduff is called a traitor by Lady Macduff but their son does not believe it, nor that he is dead after being banished from Scotland. Four murderers come to kill them both. One murderer called the son an “egg”/”spawn”.

Scene 3: Malcolm tested Macduff’s honour to make sure he’s n0t a traitor, and he passes. Macduff is told that his wife and children are dead and wants to kill Macbeth.

Act 5

Scene 1: Lady Macbeth has been sleepwalking and talking and her Lady-in-waiting has called in a doctor for the past few nights. They watch as Lady Macbeth reenacts her dialogue with Macbeth after King Duncan’s murder, and says, “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” The doctor and Lady-in-waiting are afraid to speak to anyone about what they have found out.

Scene 2: The Scottish rebels are talking to each other waiting for the English army. They find out that Macbeth is in his castle and go to get him.

Scene 3: Macbeth is told about the English army that has come. He says that he does not need to worry until Birnam forest comes to Dunsinane. The doctor tells him about Lady Macbeth and how she is troubled, not sick, but Macbeth does not approve and tells him to cure it. The doctor tells himself that he just wants to leave no matter how much money he makes.

Scene 4: The English army see the wood from Birnam forest, Malcolm tells every soldier to cut down some and carry it for themselves. They go to war.

Scene 5: Macbeth still thinks he can win. Lady Macbeth commits suicide. The messenger tells Macbeth that the forest is moving, but Macbeth calls him a liar and a slave.

Scene 6: Malcolm, Macduff, and Siward meet. Malcolm tells Siward’s son to lead. They prepare to go to war with the trumpets playing.

Scene 7: Macduff fights with Young Siward and kills him. He still thinks he will win because he thinks that all of them are born of a woman naturally.

Scene 8: Macduff fights with Macbeth, but once Macduff tells him that he was born through C-section, Macbeth becomes vulnerable. At last, Macbeth is murdered. Malcolm becomes king, but Fleance comes in not too happy. The prophecy says that Banquo’s sons will be king, and since Fleance is his son, he should become king.

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