Macbeth Act V

Act 5, Scene 1 Characters: Doctor, GentlewomanLater Entrances: Sleeping Lady MacbethSetting: Dunsinane? Anteroom of castleAction: – A gentlewoman (serving woman) tells the doctor of Lady Macbeth’s mysterious sleepwalking dreams; Lady Macbeth enters and begins her routine of “washing” her hands of blood from Duncan and Macduff’s murders; the doctor and gentlewoman lament hearing of this plot and say she is in need of God’s assistance rather than medical care
Act 5, Scene 2 Characters: Menteith, Caithness, Angus, Lennox, SoldiersSetting: Country near DunsinaneAction: – Battle plans are made; they speak of Macbeth’s rule (madness, only in command, giant’s robe on dwarfish thief); they plan to fix the country with Malcolm, the sovereign flower, who will drown Macbeth, the weeds
Act 5, Scene 3 Characters: Macbeth, Doctor, AttendantsLater Entrances: Servant, SeytonSetting: Room in DunsinaneAction: -Macbeth doesn’t fear because the forest “cannot move” and Malcolm was “born of woman”; the English are announced to be gaining ground; Macbeth calls for Seyton, saying he has lived long enough- Macbeth calls for his armor; the doctor reveals Lady Macbeth is sick in the mind; Macbeth doesn’t fear the army
Act 5, Scene 4 Characters: Malcolm, Siward and son, Macduff, Menteith, Caithness, Angus, Lennox, Ross, SoldiersSetting: Country near Birnam Wood (Forest)Action: – The soldiers discuss their plan: using a brand to hide how many troops they have; advance towards Dunsinane
Act 5, Scene 5 Characters: Macbeth, Seyton, soldiersLater Entrances: MessengerSetting: In DunsinaneAction: – Macbeth scorns the English attack; Macbeth has “forgot the taste of fears”; Lady Macbeth has committed suicide- Macbeth says she would have died anyway; “life’s but a walking shadow…signifying nothing”; messenger reports Birnam Wood was “moving” towards him [soldiers]; Macbeth begins to fear for his life
Act 5, Scene 6 Characters: Malcolm, Siward, Macduff, ArmySetting: Dunsinane, in front of the castleAction: -The English troops throw down their branches; Macduff leads the charge towards Macbeth
Act 5, Scene 7 Characters: MacbethLater Entrances: Siward’s son, Macduff, Malcolm, SiwardSetting: Field outside Dunsinane, alarms ringingAction: – Macbeth must stay to the end to fight the troops; he continues to lack fear: no one not born of WOMAN; Siward’s son enters and fights Macbeth, dies; Macduff looks for Macbeth to avenge his family- Malcolm and the Siward enter Macbeth’s castle
ACt 5, Scene 8 Characters: MacbethLater Entrances: Macduff, Malcolm, Siward, Ross, Thanes, SoldiersSetting: Part of field outside DunsinaneAction: – Macbeth fights Macduff, loses; Macduff enters, triumphant, with Macbeth’s head-Malcolm gives all of the thanes title of earl; will be crowned at Scone

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