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Macbeth Act 4

Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" act 4
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Sarah C

on 29 April 2011

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Transcript of Macbeth Act 4

The three witches are making a potion consisting of ingredients like toads, snakes, newt eyes, fur from a bat, a dog’s tongue, baboon blood, and an owl’s wing. Hecate enters and praises the witches for their potion. The second witch feels the presence of another person, and Macbeth enters. Macbeth asks the witches what they are up to. He wants to know more of their prophecies. The witches' summon apparitions (ghosts)to talk to Macbeth. The first apparition appears and tells Macbeth to beware of Macduff and the thane of Fife. The spirit is a floating head. The second apparition tells Macbeth not to worry about Macduff because "none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”. This ghost is a bloody child. The third apparition tells Macbeth to be brave and that he will not be defeated until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill. This spirit is a child with a crown holding a tree. Eight kings with crowns walk by. The last one has a mirror, and Banquo's ghost is at the end. Macbeth figures that the images he sees in the mirror are Banquo's descendants. The witches dance and then vanish. Macbeth summons Lennox and he tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England. Macbeth is going to send murderers to capture Macduff and his’ castle and to murder his wife and children. Lady Macduff questions Ross about Macduff's departure. She is upset by his leaving. Ross tells her to trust that her husband left for good reasons. She leaves. Lady Macduff tells her son that Macduff is dead. She also tells her son Macduff was a traitor. The son does not believe his mother. A messenger tells Lady Macduff she is in possible danger and she must leave. Lady Macduff argues saying she does not have to leave because she has done nothing wrong. Murderers enter. One asks where Macduff is. The murderer calls Macduff a traitor, and the son tells the murderer he is a liar. The murderer then kills him. Lady Macduff flees as the murderers chase her. At King Edward's Palace, Malcolm and Macduff talk. Malcom tells Macduff that he should not work with Macbeth because he is treacherous. Malcom discusses Macbeth's wrong doings, and then wonders if he is capable of being king. Malcom believes he is lustful and even greedy. Macduff does not believe Malcom at first, but then Macduff worries that Malcom may not be proper to be king either. Macduff is loyal to Scotland and so he agrees that Malcolm should not be king. Macduff passed a test by Malcolm to see if he is loyal. Malcom tells Macduff is was an act and they become allies. A doctor walks in and says that sickly people are waiting for King Edward to cure them of disease. The doctor leaves, and Malcolm tells Macduff that King Edward has a power to cure the disease called "the evil". Ross enters from Scotland. He informs Macduff that his wife and children are doing fine. He tells Malcolm to return to Scotland. Ross tells Malcom about the tragedies that have occured since Macbeth became king. Malcolm tells Ross that he shall return with troops given to him by the King of England. Ross finally tells Macduff that Macbeth has killed his wife and children. Macduff is very sad. Malcolm tells him to be angery, and Macduff tells him that he will get revenge. They leave to retrieve the army King Edward has sent.
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