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Macbeth Act 1-3
Transcript of Macbeth Act 1-3
Act 1, Scene 3
Returning from battle at a heath on a stormy day, Macbeth and his friend, Banquo, meet three witches who tell them,
"All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" (1.3.51-52)
and to Banquo,
"Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none" (1.3.69).
Intrigued by this new information, Macbeth asks to be told more, only for the witches to quickly vanish.
Act 1, Scene 4
At Forres, the king's palace, Duncan states his gratitude towards Macbeth and Banquo for their noble work in battle. Duncan also names his son, Malcolm, as the heir to the throne. The king plans on dining at Macbeth's castle that evening.
Act 1, Scene 5 Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth
Macbeth's Castle, Inverness.
Lady Macbeth hungry to be queen.
Act 1, Scene 1
In stormy weather three witches meet in a deserted area, discussing how they plan on telling Macbeth something important at a heath, when the battle is over.
The 3 Witches.
Act 1, Scene 7
At Macbeth's castle, Macbeth contemplates whether or not he shall murder Duncan. With his wife's input, they decide on a plan to murder Duncan that night when he is asleep.
Act 2, Scene 1
At Macbeth's castle, in the dead of night, Macbeth is still awake being haunted by an imaginary dagger with the handle towards him. Banquo is unsure about the three witches, having unusually bad dreams about them. At the end of the scene a bell rings, summoning Macbeth to Duncan's room.
Act 1, Scene 5
At Macbeth's castle, Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth stating his new title, "Thane of Cawdor," as well as his encounter with the three witches. As the king is arriving soon, Lady Macbeth plans on a scheme to make Macbeth king.
Act 1, Scene 2
At a military camp near Forres, a wounded soldier returns from battle, giving King Duncan the latest news on the battle against the Norwegians who have been attacking Scotland. Macbeth has fought bravely and has killed a traitor of Scotland and the king states that Macbeth will be given the title, "Thane of Cawdor."
Act 1, Scene 6
Duncan arrives outside of Macbeth's castle where he is greeted by Lady Macbeth. He notes the pleasant energy of the castle, completely unaware of the awful, traitorous actions of Macbeth to come.
What's happened so far.
Act 2, Scene 2
The deed has finally been done, and with a dagger, Macbeth has murdered King Duncan. Macbeth feels extremely guilty about his actions, whereas Lady Macbeth brushes the whole thing off, not worried.
Act 2, Scene 3-4
The rest of the castle, now awake, hear about Duncan being murdered and Macbeth, "in-fury" kills the attendants, framing them. Duncan's two sons flee in fear of also being murdered.
Outside of Macbeth's castle it is daytime, although still dark outside. As the prior heirs to the throne have now fled, Macbeth is named king.
"Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep" (2.2.47-48)
Act 3, Scene 1
At Macbeth's castle, Macbeth and Banquo are having a discussion. Banquo begins to suspect that Macbeth has done something evil in order to become king. He also reminds Macbeth that the three witches told him that his children will be kings and not Macbeth's children. Angered by this, Macbeth plots to murder Banquo and his sons.
Act 3, Scene 2
Lady Macbeth begins to feel a little worried about Duncan's murder, feeling they have done enough already. Macbeth feels threatened by Banquo and his son and tells his wife his plan to murder them.
Act 3, Scene 3-4
At dusk, the murderers Macbeth has hired await Banquo and his son, Fleance, in a nearby park. They kill Banquo on the scene just as Fleance manages to escape.
Later that night Macbeth finds out that Banquo was killed, but his son wasn't. At dinner with Lady Macbeth and the other Lords, Macbeth is haunted by Banquo's ghost.
Act 3, Scene 5
At a heath in stormy weather, the three witches meet, along with Hecate, the queen of witches. Hecate is unhappy with the three witches for the meddling they've been doing to Macbeth, without her. She decides to take over, and when they will meet Macbeth next, they will put different spells upon him to make him very confused.
Act 3, Scene 6
Lennox and another Lord suspect Macbeth in the murders of Duncan and Banquo. They find out that Macduff has gone to England to meet Malcolm to plead for England's help in saving Scotland from Macbeth.
"The worm that's fled hath nature that in time will venom breed" (3.4.33-34).