Act Five – Scene Five

Characters:
Macbeth
Messenger
Seyton

Summary:
Macbeth boasts that his castle can withstand a siege indefinitely but its disturbed by the cry of women. Hearing that Lady Macbeth is dead, he reflects on the pointlessness of life. A messenger brings news that Birnam wood appears to be moving and  Macbeth begins to wonder whether the Witches might have deceived him. Weary of life, he determines to fight to the last. Malcolm gives orders about the attack.

Quote: 
“As I did stand my watch upon the hill, I looked toward Birnam, and anon, methought the wood began to move.” – Messenger

Act Five – Scene Four

Characters:
Doctor
Macbeth
Malcolm
Menteth
Siward
Soldiers

Summary:
As Macbeth struggles into his armour , the doctor leaves, wishing he were well away from Dunsinane. The two armies opposing  Macbeth have joined forces. Malcolm orders that every man must cut down a bough from Birnam wood so that they can conceal the army’s true size, and reports that many men have deserted  from Macbeth.

Quote
“Let every soldier hew him down a bough, and bear’t before him: thereby shall we shadow the numbers of our host, and make discovery err report of us.” – Malcolm

Act Five – Scene One

Characters:
Doctor
GentleWoman
Lady Macbeth

Summary:
This scene is focused on the effects of Duncan’s murder on Lady Macbeth. Previously Lady Macbeth had supported her husband, driven by ambition and excitement. Now apparently guilt-stricken Lady Macbeth is exhibiting strange behaviour that the doctor and of Lady Macbeth’s gentlewoman have been tasked to keep an eye on her behaviour.

Quote:
“Lo you! here she comes. This is her guise, and, upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her: stand close.” – Gentlewoman

“Out, damned spot! out, I say!” – Lady Macbeth

Act Four – Scene Three

Characters:
Malcolm
Macduff
Rosse

Summary:
Malcolm fears that Macduff is going to betray him and favour Macbeth for personal reward. Macduff is offended that Malcolm feels this way.  To test Macduff’s loyalty, Malcolm pretends to be even more sinful than Macbeth.  Malcolm pretends to be lacking in all the virtues that a king should possess. Macduff rejects Macduff as fit to rule Scotland. Malcolm then explains that he had lied about his vices to test Macduff’s loyalty.  Rosse reports that Macduff’s family are well and that men are preparing to rebel against Macbeth’s tyranny. Malcolm plans to invade scotland with the support of England. Rosse breaks the news that Macduff’s wife and children had been murdered. Malcolm and Macduff leave to prepare for the invasion of Scotland.

Quote:  “Fit to govern? No, not to live. – O nation miserable!” – Macduff

Act Four – Scene Two

Characters:
Lady Macduff
Rosse
Murderer
Son

Summary:
Lady Macduff tells Rosse, that her husband is a traitor because he has fled to England. Rosse (Macduff’s son) refuses to believe that his father is dead and asks about traitors. Lady Macduff receives news of approaching danger.

Quote:
“If he were dead, you’ ld weep for him: if you would not, it were a good sign that I should quickly have a new father.” – Son.

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Act 4 – Scene 1

Characters:
Witch 1, 2 & 3
Apparitions 1, 2 & 3
Hecate
Macbeth
Lenox

Summary:
The Witches prepare a magic brew while waiting to meet with Macbeth. When Macbeth arrives he demands that the Witches answer his questions, whatever the consequences. The Witches ‘masters’ take the form of apparitions. An armoured head warns Macbeth about Macduff while a bloody child reassures him that he cannot be harmed by any man whom a woman has given birth. Macbeth promises to kill Macduff but then a child wearing a crown carrying a tree (third apparition) tells Macbeth he will not be defeated until Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane. Macbeth wants to know if its true that Banquo’s descendants will become kings, the Witches show a vision of eight kings with Banquo. Lenox arrives  to report that Macduff has fled to England and the Witches disappear. Macbeth decides to attack Macduff’s castle and kill all of his family.

Quote:

“Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife. – Dismiss me. – Enough.” – Apparition 1

 

Act 2, Scene 4

Characters:
– Old Man
– Rosse
– Macduff

Summary:
– Malcolm plans to leave to england, Donalbain to ireland. Rosse and an old man discuss the kings murder. Macduff joins them and tells them that the sons have been accused of bribing the body guards. Macbeth has already gone to Scone to be crowned as king as Rosse plans to attend the coronation. Macduff returns home to Fife.

Quote:
– “He is already named, and gone to Scone to be invested” – Macduff

Act 2, Scene 3

Characters:
– Macbeth
– Lady Macbeth
– Porter
– Macduff
– Lenox
– Lady Macbeth
– Banquo
– Donalbain

Summary:
– Macbeth is regretting what he has done. Macduff and Lennox joke about the effects of alcohol.  Macbeth shows Macduff where Duncan is lodging. Lenox describes the strange and unnatural events of the previous night. Macduff cries out at the discovery of the kings murder, Lennox and Macbeth go and see for themselves.  Macbeth returns and expresses his shock. Duncan’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain are told their father is dead. Macbeth explains why he killed the boy guards Lady Macbeth faints as her husband recalls Duncans bloody murder.

Quote:
– “The night has been unruly: where we lay, our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say, lamentis her i’ the air; strange screams of death.”

Act 2, Scene 2

Characters:
– Lady Macbeth
– Macbeth

Summary:
– While Macbeth is off trying to kill Duncan, Lady Macbeth has drugged the kings guards and has placed their daggers ready for Macbeth to use to kill Duncan. Macbeth meets with Lady Macbeth after killing Duncan. His hands are covered in blood and he is mortified by not being able to say amen. Macbeth hears a voice in his head which tells him he he will  never sleep again. Lady Macbeth angrily says she will take the daggers back because Macbeth refuses.

Quote:
– “I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?” – Macbeth

Act 2, Scene 1

Characters:
– Banquo
– Fleance
– Macbeth

Summary:
Banquo cant sleep so he meets up with Macbeth and tells him and how pleased Duncan was with the hospitality he received, then they start talking about the witches. Banquo makes it very clear he is loyal to Duncan and then leaves Macbeth alone. Macbeth suddenly has a vision of a bloody dagger.

Quote:
– “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle towards my hand?” – Macbeth