Macbeth Acts

Act 1, Scene 1 the witches are seen on Scottish moors, chanting about plans to meet after the battle
Act 1, Scene 2 a wounded soldier tells Duncan of Macbeth’s bravery in battle and of the Thane of Cawdor’s betrayal
Act 1, Scene 3 Macbeth and Banquo bump into the witches, who predict that Macbeth will become king and that Banquo’s son will followMacbeth and Banquo are excited by the news but do not believe that the prophecies will come trueRoss meets Macbeth and Banquo and tells him that he is now the Thane of Cawdor
Act 1, Scene 4 Duncan announces to Malcolm, Macbeth, Banquo, Ross and all of the other thanes that Malcolm is to be the next kingThis angers Macbeth who speaks to himself saying that he must go over this obstacle
Act 1, Scene 5 Lady Macbeth, in her castle, reads a letter from Macbeth that tells her of all of the recent eventsLady Macbeth asks spirits to make her a man as Macbeth must become king but he is too weak to take actionLady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he must murder Duncan
Act 1, Scene 6 Duncan and all of the thanes arrive at Macbeth’s castle to stay the nightDuncan praises Lady Macbeth
Act 1, Scene 7 Macbeth, alone, ponders the idea of killing Duncan. He states that it would be easy to kill Duncan if he was certain that it wouldn’t lead to more terrible eventsMacbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he will not kill the King, enraging Lady Macbeth who questions his manhoodMacbeth agrees to kill Duncan
Act 2, Scene 1 Banquo and Fleance walk through Macbeth’s castle, taking about how it’s lateMacbeth enters and speak with Banquo about Banquo’s dreams of the witches – they agree to talk laterBanquo and Fleance leaveMacbeth sees a floating dagger before him, guiding him to Macbeth’s room
Act 2, Scene 2 Lady Macbeth waits for Macbeth to come with the news of Duncan’s murderMacbeth enters, shaken, after the bloody murder and complains about how he couldn’t say amen with the guardsLady Macbeth grows angry with Macbeth as he has not left the daggers – she takes them back herself
Act 2, Scene 3 a porter grumbles about the knocking at the castle door and compares himself to the guard of the doors of hellMacduff and Lennox enter, who complain to the porter about the long wait to be let inMacduff goes to see the king as Lennox explains the horrendous storms of the night beforeMacduff cries out in horror at the king’s murderMalcolm and Donalbain flee
Act 2, Scene 4 Ross talks with an old man and explains that the horses have been eating each otherMacduff emerges and says that Macbeth is on his way to be crowned kingSuspicion has fallen on Malcolm and Donalbain
Act 3, Scene 1 Banquo ponders about the witches’ propheciesMacbeth and Lady Macbeth enter and ask him to attend a feast that they are holding tonightBanquo accepts his invitation but says that he plans to go riding in the afternoonMacbeth is visited by two murderers who are ordered to kill Banquo and Fleance
Act 3, Scene 2 Lady Macbeth worries about her husband and tells servants to fetch himMacbeth enters and tells his wife that his mind is full and that he is planning a dreadful deed – he won’t tell her exactly what it is
Act 3, Scene 3 The two murderers and a third person (Macbeth?) are following Banquo and Fleance at dusk and attack themBanquo dies but Fleance escapes
Act 3, Scene 4 At the feast Macbeth is told by the murders that Banquo is dead but Fleance escapedThis angers Macbeth, who returns to his guestsMacbeth goes to sit at the head of the table but sees Banquo’s ghost in his chairLady Macbeth tries to clam their guests by saying that Macbeth has had this problem since a child and to ignore himLady Macbeth then speaks to Macbeth, questioning his manhoodMacbeth clams but then sees the ghost again, leading to Lady Macbeth sending their guests home
Act 3, Scene 5 the witches meet with Hecate, the goddess of witchcraftHecate tells them off for meddling with Macbeth without consulting her but states that they will tell him prophecies tomorrow that will play with his mind
Act 3, Scene 6 Lennox and another lord walkThey both suspect Macbeth has killed Duncan and Banquo, yet everyone else has blamed Fleance for Banquo’s murderthe lord tells Lennox that Macduff has gone to England to join Malcolm in the fight against Macbeth
Act 4, Scene 1 the witches appear and Macbeth entersMacbeth asks for the truth of their prophecies, which are revealed to him through horrible apparitions:- a floating head warns him to be aware of Macduff- a bloody child appears and tells him that no one born of a woman can harm him- a crowned child that is holding a tree tells him that his crown is safe until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane- eight pass kings walk by, the last carrying a mirror, and Banquo’s ghost is at the end of the lineThe witches disappearLennox enters and tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England so Macbeth send the murderers to kill Macduff’s wife and kids
Act 4, Scene 2 Lady Macduff talks angrily with Ross, demanding to know why Macduff has fledLady Macduff is warned by a messenger that she is in danger, but the messenger is too latethe murderers kill Lady Macduff and her children
Act 4, Scene at the English court, Malcolm speaks with Macduffthey test each other’s loyalty – Malcolm rambles on about how bad of a king he would be which leads Macduff to cry for Scotland. This pleases Malcolm who decides to trust himRoss enters and tells Macduff that his wife and children have been murderedMacduff declares that he will take revenge of Macbeth
Act 5, Scene 1 at night, a doctor and gentlewoman discuss Lady Macbeth’s habit of sleepwalking and washing her handswhilst in a trance, she admits to the murders of Banquo and Lady Macduff
Act 5, Scene 2 a group of Scottish lords discuss the military situation: the English army is approaching, led by Malcolm, and the Scottish army will join them at Birnam Wood to join forces
Act 5, Scene 3 Macbeth boasts about how he has nothing to fear and calls upon his servant, Seyton, who confirms that the army moves closerthe doctor tells Macbeth about Lady Macbeth’s state, and Macbeth tells him to cure her
Act 5, Scene 4 Malcolm talks with an English lord, Siward, and they decide to cut down parts of the forest and use them as cover
Act 5, Scene 5 Seyton tells Macbeth that Lady Macbeth is dead, which shocks an otherwise confident Macbeth.a messenger tells Macbeth that the wood is moving to Dunsinane
Act 5, Scene 6 the battle commences
Act 5, Scene 7 Macbeth fights violently on the battlefield, slaying Young Siward
Act 5, Scene 8 Macduff searches for Macbeth, whom he wants to kill himself
Act 5, Scene 9 Malcolm and Siward emerge and enter the castle
Act 5, Scene 10 Macbeth and Macduff fightMacduff tells Macbeth that his was not born of a woman but of a cesareanMacbeth fears for his life but decides to fight until his death
Act 5, Scene 11 Malcolm and Siward talk in the castle, which they have capturedRoss tells Siward that Young Siward is deadMacduff emerges with Macbeth’s head in his hands

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