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Macbeth Act 5

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Lisa Liu

on 17 July 2015

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Transcript of Macbeth Act 5

Act5 Scene1 Analysis

Lady Macbeth:
“Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” (v.i.83).
It shows that she still remembers the murder of Duncan. She can't make her hands smell better by any perfumes. This means that she will never get rid of the guilt inside of her because the blood on her hands refers to the guilt.

Act5 scene2

>Where? outside the castle.
>A group of Scottish lords discuss about the military situation, and the English army is close to them led by Malcolm and Macduff.
>Macbeth’s army meets them near Birnam Wood.
>Lennox and the other lords call Macbeth the “tyrant”, which means they are all mad of him.
>Macbeth fortifies his castle at Dunsinane and the lords think he is insane.
Macbeth Act 5
1. The ending of an over-ambition.

2. The effects that Lady Macbeth brings to Macbeth.

3. To understand the meaning of the three prophecies from the witches.

>Where? The king’s palace.
>A doctor and a gentlewoman discuss about Lady Macbeth’s weird behaviour of sleepwalking.
>When Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking, she talks about the murders of Banquo and King Duncan and it reveals that she is very sacred and frustrated.
>She seems to see lots of blood on her hands and says that nothing can wash it off.
>The doctor and gentlewoman are shocked because they hear everything Lady Macbeth says.

Act 5 Scene1
Act5 scene2 Analysis
Lady Macbeth:
"I tell you again, Banquo is buried. He cannot come out of his grave"(v.i.44-45).
Lady Macbeth says that Banquo is died and he can not come back.This demonstrates that she can't ignore this particular crime did by Macbeth. She starts feeling guilty and regretful, therefore, she keeps thinking back to the crimes and having sleepwalking.
What Lady Macbeth behaves when Lady Macbeth sleepwalks
Scene 6
Where? Outside the castle
Malcolm commands the armies (english soldier) to put down their boughs (birnam woods)
The Siward and his son will lead the first battle and Malcolm and Macduff will do the rest
Malcolm orders that Siward and his son shall lead the first battle and he(Malcolm) and Macduff will do the rest "According to our order" (V.VI.6), this phrase establishes orderliness of Malcolm's army in contrast to Macbeth's army
Scene 4
The English and scottish armies led by Malcolm meet at Birnam wood.
Malcolm's soldiers cut branches and carry them in front of Malcolm as a disguise.
Scene 5

>Where? Dunsinane, within the castle.

>Macbeth orders his soldiers to hang out the banners.

>Macbeth receive the news about Lady Macbeth’s death.

>Macbeth notices that the Birnam Wood is moving toward to Dunsinane.

Literary Device

“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,” (V.v.19)


“Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,” (V.v.20)

Personification (creeps) and alliteration (p,p) and repetition (day)

Act 5 Scene 3
Literary Device

“To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!” (V.v.21-24)

(yesterdays as a light)
(d,d) and repetition (out, out)

Macbeth dismisses all reports about
Malcom's army, saying he'll fear nothing until Birnam Wood marches to Dunsinane and mocking Malcolm as a man born of woman. He shouts for his servant Seyton to bring his armor, then muses how sick at heart he feels, how withered his life has become. In aside, the doctor says that if he could escape Dunsinane, no fee of any size could bring him back.
Literary Device

“Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.” (V.v.24-28)
Scene 8

(life as a shadow and a player)
(p,p t,t f,f)
> Internal rhyme
(struts, frets)
Scene 7
Macbeth is fearless because of the prophecies, but he seems to wish he weren't. He knows his awful, but he's so gripped by ambition that he can't turn back.
Macbeth seems totally out of touch with reality. He is a man wrapped beyond semblance of humanity.

>Where? Another part of the field.

>Macbeth kills Young Siward.

>Macduff is showing his anger to Macbeth.

>Malcolm and Siward enter the castle.

>Where- On the battlefield

> Menteith: What is the tyrant Macbeth doing?(v.ii.12)
>Angus: His secret murders sticking on his hands.Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.Those he commands move only in command,Nothing in love. (v.ii.18-21)
The lords think that Macbeth is a tyrant who is out of control and the soldiers are following his orders not because they love him. However, Macbeth's efforts to maintain his power through violence have turned people against him and made him weak.
> Macduff challenges Macbeth to fight with him, but Macbeth rejects because he thinks no man born of woman can hurt him
> Macduff reveals that he was “untimely ripped [from his mother]” (V, viii, 15)
>Macbeth panics and Macduff beheads him
>Macduff proclaims Malcolm the King of Scotland, and Malcolm invites everyone including Ross and Siward to his crowning ceremony

This short scene develops the preparation for the battle, and also introduces the name of Birnam wood which is the third prediction.

Literary Devices in Scene 7:

“They have tie me to a stake; i cannot fly,
But bearlike i must fight the course.” (V.vii.1-2)


1. The ending of an over-ambition.
It is Macbeth's Vaulting ambition brings this tragedy. He can not control himself to keep his unconscionable pace to again the crown for his greedy desire.
2. The effection that Lady Macbeth brings to Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth's death gives Macbeth a big shock. Moreover, the lost of his wife makes him become
deep despressed
, and also Macbeth is growing
to live at that time.
Beheading scene:
The most dramatic event in this scene is when Macduff beheads Macbeth, and it also makes the
ending for the play.
Macbuff: "Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripped" (V, viii, 15).

Macbeth: "I will not yield, to kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet, and to be baited with the rabble's curse/ Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane, and thous opposed, being of no woman born, yet I will try the last. " (V, viii, 32).
Macbeth overlooks Macbuff and brings up witches' prophecies saying that no one can possibly hurt him. At this point, Macbuff says he is not born from his mother but instead pull from his mother. This confirms the second prophecy, and it also foreshadow Macbeth's outcome is not optimistic.
Macbeth Act 5
About the sleepwalking

The sleepwalking scene is an original effort of Shakespeare's creative imagination. Sleepwalking is not equal to sleep, but a special mental disease arising out of sleep.
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