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Macbeth Summary

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Emily Wolfe

on 7 April 2014

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Macbeth Summary
Act I introduces the audience to a number of the main characters of the play
--- ACT II ---
Macbeth summons
the courage
to murder
King Duncan
Macbeth is a Shakespearean Play written between
1603 and 1607.
It is one of his shortest plays and I believe
one of his most
Banquo & Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
King Duncan
3 Witches
Banquo's Son
Malcolm & Donalbain
King Duncan's Heirs
--- Act I ---
Prophetic Witches stir Macbeth's emotions and set a plan in motion

After the battle, Macbeth and Banquo meet up with three prophetic witches that tell Macbeth that he will
be Thane of Cawdor and later
The Three witches also tell
Banquo that he will not be
King, but, his children will be
King Duncan names Macbeth
Thane of Cawdor because of his great bravery and loyalty.
When Macbeth hears of his new title,
he starts to believe that
the witches may be right and can
predict the future. He starts to believe
that he could be King and worries about
what he might have to do to become
To celebrate the great victories,
King Duncan will be going to Macbeth's
castle for dinner. He is joined by his sons, Macduff
and other loyal subjects.
Macbeth writes ahead to Lady Macbeth and
tells her about the witches and their
prophecies. He also tells her that King Duncan
will be at the castle that night.
Macbeth fears he cannot betray King Duncan by killing him. Lady Macbeth persuades him that he must kill the King to fulfill his destiny.
There is a great battle where
Macbeth is brave and Victorious.
Macbeth struggles to find the courage
to murder King Duncan.
Lady Macbeth convinces
him that he must kill
Duncan and take what is rightfully his.
Macbeth is slowly showing signs
of loosing his mind. He starts
imagining floating daggers
leading him to
King Duncan's chambers.
Macbeth Murders
King Duncan.
Macbeth forgets to leave the daggers with the drunken sleeping guards to frame them.
Lady Macbeth takes the
daggers and smears the sleeping guards with Duncan's blood.
The next morning, Macduff arrives at the castle to awaken the King and discovers he is dead.
Fearing for their safety, Malcolm leaves for England and Donalbian leaves for Ireland.
Malcolm and Donalbain's departure casts suspicion on them, and leaves Macbeth to be crowned King.
Macbeth quickly kills the guards, to cover his tracks, before they can speak to anyone.
Macduff is suspicious of Macbeth and skips the coronation to return to Fife.
--- ACT III ---
Macbeth is wracked
with guilt
and is starting to show
signs of
Act I - III
Remembering the Witches prophecy for Banquo,
Macbeth arranges to have Banquo and
Fleance (his son)
Banquo is murdered and Fleance escapes.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth host a coronation feast
at the castle. Macbeth is told of Banquo's murder.
Macbeth's guilt leads him to start
hallucinating Banquo's ghost
sitting at his table.
Macbeth's guests start to become suspicious. Seeing this, Lady Macbeth
excuses the guests and ends the celebrations.
Macbeth decides he must see the
witches again
and learn more about what
will happen in the future.
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