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to confront Macbeth. As quickly as they arrive, they disappear. Summary: Act I, scene ii. At a military camp near his palace at Forres, King Duncan of Scotland. MacBeth notes. Written by William Shakespeare – probably the most famous/ successful playwright of all time. Tragedy -- a serious play showing the downfall of. Macbeth by W illiam Shakespeare an NAC English Theatre / Citadel Theatre ( Edmonton) Notes to teachers: There is an additional, separate guide online, with.

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Read a character analysis of Macbeth, plot summary, and important quotes. Read a Plot Overview of the entire play or a scene by scene Summary and. Revising plot, character and themes. 1. Re-read the scenes, paying careful attention to the notes. You should be using this pack AND your exercise book to. On the outskirts of a battlefield, three witches meet and plot to encounter Macbeth “after the deed is done,” then disappear. Duncan, King of Scotland, along with.

He tells Duncan of how Macbeth and Banquo, the two generals, have defeated the Irish and Norwegian armies and how Macbeth had vanquished and killed the traitor Macdonald. The Thane of Ross soon enters and tells Duncan of how the Thane of Cawdor defected and joined the Norwegian forces to fight against the Scottish.

Macbeth Notes & Analysis

Duncan announces that Macbeth shall take the role of Thane of Cawdor as a reward for having led the victorious army in battle. Ross departs to share the news with Macbeth. Macbeth and Banquo soon appear and are addressed by the three witches.

Confused by their statements, Macbeth is further confused when they announce that he will one day be the King of Scotland. As a third prophecy, they announce that Banquo is at the same time lesser and greater than Macbeth and that his sons will sit on the throne but that he will not.

The two discuss the prophecies with each other, confused by the encounter until Ross arrives to bring them to the king. He announces to Macbeth that he has been made Thane of Cawdor. Immediately Macbeth begins musing on how the first prophecy came true, asking of Banquo if he would enjoy his sons as kings.

Macbeth begins to ponder exactly what the prophecy might mean and whether he could one day be king. When Macbeth and Banquo finally return, Duncan greets them as heroes and declares to Macbeth the reward for his deeds.

He also announces that his son Malcolm shall be made heir to the throne, to which Macbeth notes that only Malcolm is in his way of the throne now. She decides that certain things must be done to make the rest of the prophecy come true and goes on to describe the weakness of her husband. She decides immediately that King Duncan must be murdered and when Macbeth arrives back home she goes about describing to him what they must do to ensure he never leaves Inverness Castle.

Scene 6 Duncan and the other Scottish nobility arrive at Inverness castle where he comments on how pleasant the castle and its surrounding environments are. Lady Macbeth comes out to greet him and tells him of how it is her duty to be hospitable and welcome the king to her home. Duncan then asks to be brought to Macbeth. Scene 7 Macbeth goes about pondering the act that he has nearly decided to do. He thinks on how popular the king is and how virtuous he is and eventually decides that the only reason to kill the king is to serve his own ambitions.

He asks of the consequences and she declares that they will be fine so long as they remain resolute in their determination. The two are up late, unable to sleep and Banquo explains to Macbeth that his dreams are plagued by the witches and their prophecies.

They once again agree to talk on the matter later and they part ways. The dagger appears to have blood on it and when Macbeth grasps at it, he cannot take hold. He decides that it must be a manifestation of his unease over killing the King and realizes how dark and foreboding the night around him is.

Finally, he hears the bell rung by Lady Macbeth signaling that the Chamberlains are sufficiently drunk. Scene 2 Lady Macbeth appears after Macbeth has left on comments on how clever she is.

Macbeth Notes

She muses on how she could have killed the King herself when preparing the daggers for the chamberlains, but could not because he looked so much like her father sleeping. When finally Macbeth returns, his hands are bloodied and he is visibly shaken. He notes how he heard the chamberlains wake and say a prayer, unable himself to say Amen to the prayer.

He also notes how he believed he heard a voice invoke his crime after he had killed the king. At first Lady Macbeth tries to sooth her husband but soon becomes angry after realizing that he failed to leave the daggers on the chamberlains to frame them for the murder.

He refuses to go back to the room again, forcing her to plant the daggers herself. She finally returns and takes him to wash the blood from his hands, stating ironically that a simple wash of the hands clears them of the deed.

Scene 3 The porter of the castle allows the knocking to continue for some time longer, musing on how he would porter the gates of hell and who he would let in.

He finally opens the door to let in Lennox and Macduff, having arrived to prepare the King for departure. Finally Macbeth arrives again and declares that he has killed the two chamberlains who are responsible in his rage. Macduff declares his own wariness of the two new deaths, while Macbeth professes his fury at the death of his king as motivation for their execution.

Lady Macbeth faints suddenly and is rushed free of the stage. Malcolm and Donalbian whisper to each other that they must flee to stay safe from the murderer as who ever killed their father will likely desire their deaths as well. Scene 4 Ross, the thane from early in the play and an old man walk outside discussing the matters of the last few days.

The day itself is dark and the two are properly quieted by the mood. Macduff soon enters the seen and tells Ross that Macbeth has been made King and that he will soon ride to Scone to be crowned. Macduff announces that he will return to his home in Fife and Ross sets out for Scone to see to the coronation. Act 3 Scene 1 Banquo enters and muses on the prophecies of the three witches. The first two have come true now and so he wonders if the third might be a possibility and that his sons will some day sit on the throne.

The stir of ambition begins to appear for Banquo as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in their royal attire appear, inviting Banquo to the feast for the evening. Banquo accepts and tells Macbeth of the ride he plans to go on later that day.

Banquo leaves the room and Macbeth discusses a few smaller matters of state with his servant before he departs as well.

Macbeth Notes

At this point, Macbeth begins a soliloquy on the matter of Banquo and the succession. Scene 2 Lady Macbeth is full of unrest and calls for Macbeth to attend to her. He announces his own misgivings and upon doing so, declares that he has arranged for yet another horrible deed to be undertaken to ensure the throne, that there are too many more threats to the throne that must be dealt with.

He asks his wife to be happier and kind to Banquo at dinner so as the he will be unsuspecting and that he will successfully be dealt with and eliminated as a threat to the throne. Scene 3 The murderers await Banquo and Fleance in the woods outside the castle. When the two arrive and light a torch after dismounting the murderers attack. In the middle of the banquet he sees the ghost of the murdered man there and he makes a scene in front of the Scottish lords who are at the banquet.

This outburst makes the lords suspicious although Lady Macbeth tries to play it off as just an illness that Macbeth has. Meanwhile, Macduff, a Scottish noble who suspects that Macbeth murdered Duncan, goes to England to get help to reclaim the throne. Macbeth goes to see the witches again to learn his fate. They tell him to beware Macduff; that he will not be defeated until Birnam wood moves to Dunsinane; and that Macbeth will not be killed by someone born of a woman. Macbeth takes all of these signs to mean that he is invincible.

In England Macduff and Malcolm, the rightful heir, ban together to fight Macbeth. When Macbeth learns of Macduff's treachery, he sends murderers to Macduff's home to kill his wife and children.

When Macduff hears of this, his resolve to kill Macbeth grows even stronger. With ten thousand English troops they go to fight Macbeth. Macbeth is unafraid until he learns that the troops have camouflaged themselves with wood from the Birnam forest and are moving toward Dunsinane.

When Macbeth comes face to face with Macduff he learns that Macduff was removed from his mother's womb, and was, thus, never born. Macduff kills Macbeth and Malcolm is returned to the throne. Browse all BookRags Book Notes. Copyrights Macbeth from BookRags.

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Get Macbeth from Amazon. View the Study Pack. View the Lesson Plans. Table of Contents. Plot Summary. Major Characters. Topic Tracking: Act 1, Scene 1.

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Act 2, Scene 3.First Witch A sailor's wife had chestnuts in her lap, And munch'd, and munch'd, and munch'd: Editors choose which version to use as their base text, and then amend that text with words, lines or speech prefixes from the other versions that, in their judgment, make for a better or more accurate text.

Act 2, Scene 4. Prosecutors repeatedly emphasised the various names 'false appellations' in Sir Edward Coke's words used by the Gunpowder Plot conspirators and the doctrine of equivocation at Garnet's trial, 28 March ; see T. It has very little intermixture of humour. Macduff declares his own wariness of the two new deaths, while Macbeth professes his fury at the death of his king as motivation for their execution.

Sergeant As whence the sun 'gins his reflection Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break, So from that spring whence comfort seem'd to come Discomfort swells. Act 1, Scene 6.

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