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Transcript of Macbeth
Three witches cast a curse on Scotland- what seems good is bad and what seems bad is good
Macbeth imagines a dagger leading him towards King Duncan's room.
Macbeth returns to Lady Macbeth, who plants
the bloody daggers on the king's servants.
Lennox and Macduff arrive at the castle and discover the deceased king
Malcolm and Donalbain, fearing they may also be targeted, flee the castle and later the coutnry.
Macbeth kills the king while Lady Macbeth drugs the servants.
Macbeth just finished fighting in a battle against Norway. He defeats the traitors Macdonwald and the Thane of Cawdor.
Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches. The witches have a prophecy for them.
King Duncan names Malcolm heir to the throne.
Macbeth is mad and wants to kill Duncan
Banquo has immediate suspicion of Macbeth as the murderer, and Macbeth catches onto his thoughts
Banquo and Macbeth are concerned what the prophecy will hold true on Banquo's side
Macbeth orders Banquo and Fleance's murder, although Fleance escapes
Macbeth imagines Banquo's bloody ghost at the banquet and makes a scene
Lennox develops suspicions about Macbeth
He gets word that Malcolm and Macduff are building an army against Macbeth
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air."
-the three witches (Act 1, Scene 1)
Lady Macbeth begins to lose her mind and later commits suicide
Macbeth prepares for his battle against Malcolm, Macduff, and their army
Macbeth hopes to die in battle
Macbeth is reluctant to hear that Macduff was not born naturally, making Macduff able to kill Macbeth
Macduff kills Macbeth and carries his head out to everyone in the name of victory
Malcolm promises to restore harmony and peace to the country
good and evil
SYMBOLS AND MOTIFS
The Witches cast another spell on Scotland
They show Macbeth 3 apparitions
The prophecy still holds that Banquo's sons will be kings
Macbeth is furious knowing that Macduff had fled the country, he decides to kill Macduff's children and wife
The people of Scotland are suffering under Macbeth's rule
Malcolm trusts Macduff and lets him in on his attack on Macbeth
Macduff swears to kill Macbeth after learning his family had been killed
"Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are.
Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him."
"Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown
And put a barren scepter in my gripe,
Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding. If't be so,
For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind..."
-Macbeth ( Act 3, Scene 1)
"I have no words; my voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain that terms can give thee out!"
-Macduff (Act 5, Scene 8)
Macbeth's best friend and fellow general and nobleman.
He is given a prophecy at the same time Macbeth does.
He is the opposite of Macbeth with his decisions and actions.
Thane of Fife
Duncan's son and heir to the Scottish throne
no experience in battle
flees after Duncan's murder
leads army in defeating Macbeth
Three Witches and Hecate
suspicious of Macbeth right away
becomes a threat to Macbeth
Macbeth kills his family
catalyst for second apparition
The three witches begin the story by placing a curse on Scotland.
They give both Macbeth and Banquo prophecies.
"Double, double, toil and trouble, / Fire burn and cauldron bubble” 4.1.10–11)
The goddess of withcraft, Hecate, yells at them because Macbeth is not giving them any recognition or praise for their help.
They make another prediction that give Macbeth a false sense of security, and the belief of immortality.
"You should be women yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so." ( p. 333 line 45-47)
Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised, and I fear thou play'dst most foully for'
One of the main conspiritors of Duncan's murder
Has control of her husband
Greed got the best of her in the end
Pivital character, especially in this time period
" Why, worthy Thane,
You do unbend your noble strength to think
So brainsickly of things. Go get some water
And wash this filthy witness from your hand.
Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
They must lie there. Go carry them and smear
The sleepy grooms with blood.
-Lady Macbeth (Act 2, Scene 2)
King of Scotland
Flat character, but actions change the play
Looks up to Macbeth as a lead warrior
Is murdered by Macbeth towards the beginning of the play
Begins as the most beloved and valiant general in the army of Scotland
He has been rewarded for his deeds and is a loyal servant under King Duncan
When denied the throne, Macbeth becomes angry
Macbeth kills King Duncan, allowing him to become king
His ambition and desperate need to be masculine, are his fatal flaws
Now paranoid and nervous, Macbeth murders all of his former friends so they cannot rout him.
He is easily persuaded, and allows others to make many of his decisions
Throughout the play, Macbeth has times where he feels remorse and guilt for his actions
His confidence becomes his downfall
"Stars, hide your fires!
Let not light see my dark and deep desires."
-Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 4)
"I am in blood
Stepp'd in so far, that, should i wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er."
-Macbeth (Act 3, Scene 4)
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