Macbeth plot summary

  • Created by: loupardoe
  • Created on: 01-10-16 15:30

Act 1

scene 1

  • three witches meet
  • key quote- 'fair is foul and foul is fair'

scene 2

  • a battle
  • dying soldier tells of 'brave' Macbeth to King Duncan
  • Macbeth wins battle
  • King Duncan gives Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth

scene 3

  • witches summon Macbeth
  • witches tell Macbeth he will be Thane of Cawdor and then King
  • Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor
  • the witches were right
  • Macbeth thinks about making himself King
  • Macbeth reasons with himself
  • talks himself out of it

scene 4

  • old Thane of Cawdor is executed
  • Malcolm is named Prince of Cumberland (1st in line to throne)
  • Macbeth sets himself on the idea of becoming Prince of Cumberland to become King legitimately

scene 5

  • Lady Macbeth reads a letter Macbeth, telling her about the witches and their predictions
  • Lady Macbeth says they should kill the king

scene 6

  • king arrives

scene 7

  • Macbeth thinks of several reasons why he should not kill the King, and one why he should
  • key quote- 'we will proceed no further'
  • Lady Macbeth has a sudden outburst at him
  • Macbeth agrees to a detailed plan on *********** the king
  • they will get the guards drunk
  • they will use the guard's daggers
  • they will kill Duncan while he is asleep
  • they will pretend to grieve

Act 2

scene 1

  • banquo and fleance are going to bed
  • they see macbeth
  • he is preparing to kill the king
  • imaginary dagger

scene 2

  • duncan has been murdered
  • macbeth regrets doing it
  • lady macbeth takes the daggers…


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