Macbeth Plot

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Act 1 Scenes 1-4

  • The witches gather, planning to meet Macbeth after the battle
  • Macbeth is a brave and honourable soldier
  • To reward his efforts in battle, King Duncan names Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor
  • Macbeth and Banquo encounter the witches who tell Macbeth he will be King and tell Banquo he will be the father of kings
  • Macbeth begins to think about the possibility of becoming the King
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Quotes from Act 1 Scene 1-4

- Macbeth: 'If Chance will have me King, why, Chance may crown me.' (Iiii)

- King Duncan (to Macbeth): 'O worthiest cousin!' (Iiv)

- Macbeth: 'Let not light see my black and deep desires' (Iiv)

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Act 1 Scenes 5-7

  • Lady Macbeth shares her husband's ambition for the throne - she fears that Macbeth is too good and honourable to achieve his ambitions
  • She appears crueller tan her husband and makes plans for the murder of Duncan
  • The immorality and the possible consequences of the murder cause Macbeth great anxiety
  • He decides not to murder the King but Lady Macbeth bullies him into agreeing to her plan
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Quotes from Act 1 Scenes 5-7

- Lady Macbeth: 'The raven himself is hoarse / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan / Under my battlements.' (Iv)

- Macbeth (on the consequences of illing the King): '...tears shall down the wind.' (Ivii)

- Macbeth: ' I am settled, and bend up / Each corporal agent to this terrible feat' (Ivii)

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Act 2 Scenes 1-2

  • Macbeth is disturbed by the idea of killing the King - vision of a dagger
  • He is full of fear and panic after he has committed the murder - focussed on a noise
  • He thinks he will never be able to rest or pray again - feels he is damned
  • Lady Macbeth is more controlled and tries to calm him down - not to dwell - weak - returning the daggers - mocks his fears - blood can be easily washed off
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Quotes from Act 2 Scene 1-2

- Macbeth: 'art thou but / A dagger of the mind.' (IIi)

- Lady Macbeth: 'These deeds must not be thought / After these ways: so, it will make us mad.' (IIii)

- Lady Macbeth: 'My hands are of your colour: but I shame / To wear a heart so white.' (IIii)

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Act 2 Scenes 3-4

  • Lennox and Macduff arrive at Macbeth's castle and the murder of King Duncan is dicovered - the Macbeths act shocked
  • Macbeth kills the guards so they cannot be questioned - Lady Macbeth faints to distract from Macbeth - Banquo becomes suspicious
  • Malcolm and Donalbain, fearing for their own lives, run away and are then suspected of plotting the murder
  • Macbeth is pronounced King - Macduff doesn't attend - doubts about Macbeth's innocence
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Quotes from Act 2 Scene 3-4

- Macduff: 'O horror, horror, horror!' (IIiii)

- Macbeth: '...his gash'd stabs look's like a breach in nature,' (IIiii)

- Donalbain: 'There's daggers in men's smiles...' (IIiii)

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Act 3 Scene 1-3

  • Macbeth fears Banquo and does not want Banquo's children to succeed him as King - Banquo suspects that Macbeth killed the King
  • He organises the murder of Banquo and Fleance, but Fleance escapes
  • Lady Macbeth is worried about Macbeth's behaviour as he is still troubled by the murder of King Duncan - does not now about the planned murder
  • She encourages him to act more cheerfully at the celebration feast
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Quotes from Act 3 Scene 1-3

- Macbeth: 'Our fears in Banquo / Stick deep.' (IIIi)

- Macbeth: 'Upon my head they plac'd a fruitless crown.' (IIIi)

- Macbeth: 'O, full of scorpions is my mind.' (IIIii)

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Act 3 Scene 4-6

  • Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hold a banquet as King and Queen
  • The murderer reports Banquo's death but Macbeth is disturbed to hear that Fleance escaped
  • Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost and loses control in front of his guests - denying responsibility
  • Lady Macbeth tries but fails to calm him down and keep order
  • Hecate (witch) - begins to draw him on to his own downfall
  • Some of the lords are beginning to turn against Macbeth, in particular Macduff, who has gone to England to raise an army
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Quotes from Act 3 Scene 4-6

- Macbeth: 'Ourself will mingle with society.' (IIIiv)

- Macbeth: 'But now, I am cabin'd, cribb'd, confin'd bound in / To saucy doubts and fears' (IIIiv)

- Macbeth: 'Avaunt!and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee!' (IIIiv)

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Act 4

  • Macbeth revisits the witches and they present visions that trick Macbeth into feeling over-confident
  • He gives orders for Macduff's entire family to be murdered
  • Malcolm and Macduff describe Macbeth as a tyrant and discuss what a terrible place Scotland has become under his reign
  • Macduff is brought news of his family's murder and vows to kill Macbeth
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Quotes from Act 4

- Macbeth: 'give to th'edge o'th'sword / His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls / That trace him in his line.' (IVi)

- Malcolm: 'This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongue,' (IViii)

- Malcolm (on Scotland): 'It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash / Is added to her wounds:' (IViii)

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Act 5

  • Lady Macbeth has been driven mad by guilt
  • Macbeth is initially confident but begins to realise that the witches have tricked him
  • Lady Macbeth dies, presumably by suicide
  • Malcolm's army, using branches from Birnam Wood to hide their numbers, advance on Macbeth's castle
  • Macbeth is illed in battle by Macduff and the throne is restored to the rightful King, Malcolm
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Quotes from Act 5

- Lady Macbeth: 'Out, damned spot!' (Vi)

- Macbeth (to the Doctor): 'cast ? The water of my land, find her disease.' (Viii)

- Macbeth: 'I have supped full with horrors: / Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts...' (Vv)

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