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Act 1
- Three witches are planning to go see Macbeth
- The captain (injured and part of the fight) explains to the king (Duncan) how the fight went down
Macbeth and Banquo fought and beat Macdowald
He then had to fight against the Norwegian since the Thane of Cawdor (Nobility) betrayed them
Macbeth = Tough&Brave
- King Duncan demands that the current Thane of Cawdor be killed and that Macbeth becomes the new one
- Witches are bonding then meet up with Macbeth (In thunder) and tell him he’ll be thane of Cawdor, and then King.
- They also tell Banquo he won’t be king but his kids will
- Description of the witches (Page 12 or 2)
- Ross and Angus step in once the witches leave and tell Macbeth he’s the new thane of Cawdor like the witches predicted
- Macbeth and Banquo side talk about believing the witches theory. Banquo warns Macbeth that the witches are bad news and to fulfill their theory he’s going to be led through evil
- Macbeth is considering killing Duncan (the evil Banquo is talking about.)
- Macbeth thinks he might actually hot have to do anything to fulfill his destiny (He’s experiencing doubt. He so far knows better)
- Duncan wants to know if The thane of Cawdor is dead yet
- Malcom says his bodies not arrived but that he died with deep regret. Duncan doesn’t care (27)
- Duncan thanks Macbeth and tells him that his son is prince of Cumberland
- Macbeth thinks the son is going to be in the way of him becoming king, making him reconsider committing murder
- Macbeth writes a letter to lady Macbeth telling her what’s happened and what to come
- Lady Macbeth says the he is too nice and honest yet he wants what he can’t have. She wants to come back so she can help him go after what he’s destined for by faith and by the witches. (31)
- Messenger tells L.M that Duncan is coming and she is surprised
- She then has a soliloquy about how she wants to be turned into an evil man so she can go through with killing Duncan (She will stop at nothing for her man!!!!)
- She meets up with Macbeth tell him that Duncan won’t lie to see another day and all he has to do is greet him tonight and she’ll take care of the rest (as in kill him, she is very faithful) (Act.1 Scene 5)
- Macbeth arrives and talks about how if murder was easy he wouldn’t hesitate to do it but he’s scared if he kills it’ll motivate others to commit acts of violence which might backfire unto him. He bring up the trust Duncan has which is 1. as Thane of Cawdor and 2. As a host.(41)
- Macbeth tells his lady to stop the plan because Duncan has so much trust in him he doesn’t want to get rid of it.
- Macbeth doesn’t want to do it thinks it’ll make him less of a man. LM tells him otherwise (Scene 7)
- Banquo is speaking to his son and runs into Macbeth shocked that he isn’t in bed. He hands Macbeth a diamond that comes from Duncan, who is indeed in bed.
- Banquo tells Macbeth he’s had a dream that what the witches predicted come true. Macbeth shuts him down by saying he doesn’t think about that (lie) but maybe later they could talk about it. Banquo accepts, and they head to rest.
- Macbeth sends his messenger and starts hallucination (He be seeing knives and talking to it and such, not cool)
- L.M does he part of the job and now the guards are sleeping rather than taking care of the king
- Macbeth and L.M meet up after he committed the crime. Macbeth says he woke the two servants up but they prayed the way back sleep. He felt very confused because once the said “God bless you” he was unable to say Amen as much as he wanted to.
- L.M knowing what that means, tries to convince him to now think back on the crime or else he’ll go crazy. (Guilt + Forshadowing) (57)

- Macbeth = SUPER guilty and it’s making him crazy
- L.M wants him to smear the knife’s blood on the guard and place the knife back. But Macbeth is too out of shape.
- Lady Macbeth wants him to pull it together!!!! (But she’s got the back of her man and does what he is unfit to do)
- Macbeth is freaking out after every voice he hears!
- L.M comes in and is like chill, I’m in this situation just as much as you
- They constantly here knocking fear and go to bed
- The porter is talking about non sense and then he meets up with Lennox and they talk of being drunk and the Macbeth arrives
- Lennox goes to wake up the king as he was asked to do early morning and Porter explains to Macbeth all the sounds and signs of a rough night (65)
- Macduff comes back scarred and tell everyone to wake up and witness what he saw (Duncan’s dead body)
- L.M comes into the scene acting confused yet she’s responsible for what is going on.
- Malcom and Donaldbain find out about the king’s death and Macbeth comes into the situation and admits right away to killing the guards since he knew they were the murderers
- Malcom and Donaldbain want to put grief aside and flee. The others want to get dressed meet back up and figure things out.
- Malcom decides to go to England while Donalbain is headed to Ireland. They separate because they think it’s to easy to be lied to by the murder face to face.(73)
- The old man and Mac duff think that Malcom and donalbaid paid the grooms to kill Duncan since they have fleed.

Act three
- Banquo = believes the witches and can’t wait till his sons destiny fulfills and doubts Macbeth’s loyalty
- Macbeth + Lady Macbeth are all dressed up (They are dressed the way the want to be addressed, as king and queen with authority)
- They are treating Banquo with much respect inviting him to diner.
- Macbeth claims that Malcom and Donaldbain have admitted to killing their father and knows where they are both at. (No shame lying to his face)
- Macbeth thought about the rest of the witches’ prediction and has grown fear of Banquo because of it. Banquo is aware that it’s his sons that’ll be taking Macbeth’s place and now Macbeth is afraid of the extent Banquo is willing to go to make that happen right away. Making Macbeth also believe that killing Duncan didn’t benefit himself but the future kings.
- Macbeth is speaking to murders about his fear of Banquo, desperately trying to persuade them to kill him, for he can’t. (Macbeth thinks death is the solution to all his obstacles)
- Macbeth explains that not Banquo but his son also must be killed, and the murders accept.
- Lady Macbeth speaks to Macbeth and demands to stop worrying about killing Duncan because what’s done is done.
- Macbeth is advising his Lady to be in a good mood with Banquo to not draw any suspicion, hinting that he will die soon.
- Lady Macbeth questions him but he tells her its best if she doesn’t know.
- The two murders meet up and meet the third together they go attack Banquo and his Son. Banquo tells his son to flee “Fly,Fly,Fly”(3.4,25) (bird = symbol) and he escapes.
- The first murderer comes to the banquet to tell Macbeth how the murder went and has blood on his face. (“Macbeth is ticked because he was hoping for more blood = no mercy/guilt after death anymore)
- Macbeth thinks the more killed the more honor they deserve for it (greedy for deaths)
- Macbeth finds out Fleance escaped, he’s disappointed. He still thanks the Murder after he confirms that Banquo is dead.
- Lady Macbeth arrives to tell him that he’s being a terrible host by not entertaining his guest and gets Macbeth to go back and get a seat.
- Macbeth plays off Banquo’s whereabouts as if he’s just late (Very good liar)
- Macbeth makes his way to the seat he was supposedly saved, but all he sees is the Banquo’s ghost sitting there and he starts to freak out “Thou canst not say I did it” (3.4.63) (Ghost = his guilt)
- Ross and others want to get Macbeth help but Lady Macbeth pleads them to stay put as she goes and gives him a talk. “Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus and hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat. The fit is momentary; upon a thought He will again be well. If much you note him” (3.4.66)
- Macbeth is trying his best to convince L.Macbeth that Banquo is there but she’s not having it.
- The ghost leaves and he gets somewhat back to normal and gets everyone to toast. (All these deaths are damaging Macbeth’s sanity)
- The ghost comes and he gets triggered again (he describes his fear by saying nothing else brings him fear except for seeing this ghost and he would rather him just come back to life, also known as regret)
- Lady Macbeth thinks she’s better off kicking the guest out because Macbeth just keeps getting worse and worse. Lady Macbeth to this moment still has his back)
- The guest leave and wish Macbeth the best.
- Macbeth is now paranoid. He believes that somehow his secrets will come out, and wants to take much precautions by paying his servant’s much
“I have walked so far into this river of blood that even if I stopped now, it would be as hard to go back to being good as it is to keep killing people.” (3.4.178-179) (Blood symbolizes Guilt + Regret)
- Lady Macbeth just suggest they go to sleep
- The three witches are in a meeting with Hectate, their boss who’s mad
- The witches hadn’t run it by Hectate that they were going to give Macbeth riddles and prophecies, making him mad.
- He decides that to make it up to him they have to meet with him the next day with witchcraft toys and set Macbeth up for evil the next day.
- Lennox and the Lord are starting to piece together that Macbeth is responsible for the death of the King and Banquo.
- Both Lennox and the Lord discuss Macduff’s whereabouts as he was not present at the feast (Macduff is with Malcom helping him with an attack)

Act four
- The witches are using multiple ingredients to make a potion against Macbeth
- Macbeth arrives (Very confident, no fear) and demands them to answer his following questions (reminding them of how much they don’t scare him)
- The three witches accept and have apparition show up and answer his question and the first one tells Macbeth to watch out for MacDuff (Macbeth’s only fear at that point)
- The second apparition brings up MacDuff having also. Making Macbeth want to kill him so he can sleep better at night.
- The third apparition tells him not to fear his enemies since he’ll never be defeated and Macbeth feels great, but he still wants to know about banquo’s sons
- The witches are trying to tell him that it’s enough but Macbeth is eager to know
- The witches let him know what he wants in a confusing way and the dips
- Lennox comes and tells Macbeth that Macduff is in England so Macbeth demands that his whole family be killed.
- L.Macbeth finds out Macbeth dipped and left everything behind and she believes it’s because of fear and that it’s a bad idea since it makes him look like a traitor
- Ross and her discuss it and he’s trying to convince her that he left for the good of the family and will be back
- Lady Macbeth is prepared to take some action on her own (Divorce??)
- Lady Macbeth and her son are talking about how to move on since at his point Macbeth is dead to them the refer to their life as a bird *Symbolsim* And what will you do now? How will you live?
- “LADY MACDUFF: Young man, your father’s dead. What are you going to do now? How are you going to live SON: As birds do, Mother. SON: I will live the way birds do, Mother. LADY MACDUFF: What, with worms and flies?”(4.2.35-45)
- The son is very smart, reads between his mother’s emotions and knows that Macbeth is not death
- He also speaks about traitor L.Macbeth says that Macbeth is one and that traitors should be hanged (lost love)
- A messenger walks in and warns L.M and her son to flee!
- They stand there and then comes in the murders looking for Macbeth. They kill The son(after he makes a smart comment)
- We are back with Malcom and Macduff. Macduff is trying to convince Malcom to stop whining and to get revenge against Macbeth instead. Malcom doesn’t know if Macbeth is really guilty nor does he know is he can trust Macduff.
- Malcom is pulling I these low blows trying to question Macduff’s intentions.
- Malcom starts talking down on himself (says he’d be a lustful and greedy king)
- Macduff gives up on trying to get him to fight. Making Malcom trust him and willing to do anything he says.
- A doctor walks in and Macduff finds out that he is a miracle worker from heaven heals people with his golden coin
- Ross arrives and tells Macduff and Malcom that things are getting worse be the hour and tells him also that his wife and kids have been slaughterd.
- He calls Macbeth a bird *Symbolizes*free. “He has no children. All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop?”(4.3.255)
- Macduff is mad and freaking out
- Malcom is trying to convince him to transfer that anger into a fight against Macbeth
- Macduff blames himself (Guilt)
“I shall do so, But I must also feel it as a man. I cannot but remember such things were That were most precious to me. Did heaven look on, And would not take their part? Sinful Macduff, They were all struck for thee! Naught that I am, Not for their own demerits, but for mine, Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now.”(4.3.265)
- Together they decide they are going to fight Macbeth (with the help of the English army 10 thousand soldiers)

Act 5
- A gentle woman is at meeting with a doctor to discuss L.macbeth’s sleepwalking
- Lady Macbeth has been saying something that the gentle woman cannot speak of (maybe she’s admitting to killing Duncan)
- Lady Macbeth enters the room and starts to pretend that she’s washing her hands
- She’s freaking out over on spot “of blood that won’t come out
- she’s mentioning how she’s never seen much blood (Duncan’s blood)
- The doctor thinks her sleepwalk is worse then he can handle. He says theres not stopping her until she fully admits to her wrong doings.
- Lady Macbeth is reapeating the same words she told Macbeth the night that he killed Duncan
- And she mentions the death of Banquo
“Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown. Look not so pale.—I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on ’s grave.” (5.2.65)
“To bed, to bed. There’s knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come. Give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone.—To bed, to bed, to bed!”(5.2.70)
- Act 5 scene 3 is an update that Macbeth has an army but they are no fighting because they love him but because they have to.
- Macbeth isn’t scared because of the prophecy he got from the witches, he even quotes them.
- A servants comes in scared making Macbeth irritated and calls for “Seyton”
- Macbeth wants to fight and is somewhat worried about his wife
- Macbeth is going crazy and really wants to fight is yelling and Seyton and the doctor to help him out.
- The B team doesn’t want to be too cocky they approach through the woulds holding branchs so they can draw attention (the witches said he wont be defeated until the forest starts to approach)
- Macbeth Is claiming that he once was always scared and all of what has happened has changed that
- He then finds out his wife was been killed and that the forest is starting to move (the witches prophecy is turning out like they said) he’s scared, he knows he’s going to die.
- “If you’re lying, I’ll hang you alive from the nearest tree until you die of hunger. If what you say is true, you can do the same to me. (to himself) My confidence is failing. I’m starting to doubt the lies the devil told me, which sounded like truth. “Don’t worry until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane.” And now a wood is coming to Dunsinane. Prepare for battle, and go! If what this messenger says is true, it’s no use running away or staying here. I’m starting to grow tired of living, and I’d like to see the world plunged into chaos. Ring the alarms! Blow, wind! Come, ruin! At least we’ll die with our armor on.”(5.5.45)
- Macbeth knows he has no choice but fight and young Siward enters in and once he figures out its Macbeth the start to fight and he dies. Macbeth is somehow still cocky.
- Siward is more then prepared to fight
- Macbeth is considering suicide
- Macduff walks in. Macbeth tries to ask to be alone as he is already guilty. Macduff doesn’t want to talk but instead kill him
- Macbeth Is telling him not to bether since he cant be killed by someone that came out of a woman womb (the prophecy)
- Macduff then tells him that he was part of a C section. ”Despair thy charm, And let the angel whom thou still hast served Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb untimely ripped.”(5.8.15)
- Macbeth is now mad at the witches and admits to fear. He doesn’t want to fight Macduff
- Macduff tells him to surrender and Macbeth doesn’t want to.
- Siward finds out his son died. He’s not to said considering he died like a man
- Macduff enter with Macbeths head
“It won’t be long before I reward each of you as he deserves. My thanes and kinsmen, I name you all earls, the first earls that Scotland has ever had. We have a lot to do at the dawn of this new era. We must call home all of our exiled friends who fled from the grip of Macbeth’s tyranny, and we must bring to justice all the evil ministers of this dead butcher and his demon-like queen, who, rumor has it, committed suicide. This, and whatever else we are called to do by God, we will do at the right time and in the right place. So I thank you all, and I invite each and every one of you to come watch me be crowned king of Scotland at Scone.”(5.870-90)…...

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