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Macbeth
Act 5, scene 3

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Macbeth, set primarily in Scotland, mixes witchcraft, prophecy, and murder. Three “Weïrd Sisters” appear to Macbeth and his comrade Banquo…

Act 1, scene 1

Three witches plan to meet Macbeth.

Act 1, scene 2

Duncan, king of Scotland, hears an account of the success in battle of his noblemen Macbeth and Banquo. Duncan orders…

Act 1, scene 3

The three witches greet Macbeth as “Thane of Glamis” (as he is), “Thane of Cawdor,” and “king hereafter.” They then…

Act 1, scene 4

Duncan demands and receives assurances that the former thane of Cawdor has been executed. When Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, and Angus…

Act 1, scene 5

Lady Macbeth reads her husband’s letter about his meeting the witches. She fears that Macbeth lacks the ruthlessness he needs…

Act 1, scene 6

Duncan and his attendants arrive at Inverness. Lady Macbeth welcomes them.

Act 1, scene 7

Macbeth contemplates the reasons why it is a terrible thing to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth mocks his fears and offers…

Act 2, scene 1

Banquo, who has accompanied Duncan to Inverness, is uneasy because he too is tempted by the witches’ prophecies, although only…

Act 2, scene 2

Lady Macbeth waits anxiously for Macbeth to return from killing Duncan. When Macbeth enters, he is horrified by what he…

Act 2, scene 3

A drunken porter, answering the knocking at the gate, plays the role of a devil-porter at the gates of hell….

Act 2, scene 4

An old man and Ross exchange accounts of recent unnatural happenings. Macduff joins them to report that Malcolm and Donalbain…

Act 3, scene 1

Banquo suspects that Macbeth killed Duncan in order to become king. Macbeth invites Banquo to a feast that night. Banquo…

Act 3, scene 2

Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth express their unhappiness. Macbeth speaks of his fear of Banquo especially. He refers to a…

Act 3, scene 3

A third man joins the two whom Macbeth has already sent to kill Banquo and Fleance. The three assassins manage…

Act 3, scene 4

As Macbeth’s banquet begins, one of Banquo’s murderers appears at the door to tell Macbeth of Banquo’s death and Fleance’s…

Act 3, scene 5

The presentation of the witches in this scene (as in 4.1.38 SD–43 and 141–48) differs from their presentation in the…

Act 3, scene 6

Lennox and an unnamed lord discuss politics in Scotland. Lennox comments sarcastically upon Macbeth’s “official” versions of the many recent…

Act 4, scene 1

Macbeth approaches the witches to learn how to make his kingship secure. In response they summon for him three apparitions:…

Act 4, scene 2

Ross visits Lady Macduff and tries to justify to her Macduff’s flight to England, a flight that leaves his family…

Act 4, scene 3

Macduff finds Malcolm at the English court and urges him to attack Macbeth at once. Malcolm suspects that Macduff is…

Act 5, scene 1

A gentlewoman who waits on Lady Macbeth has seen her walking in her sleep and has asked a doctor’s advice….

Act 5, scene 2

A Scottish force, in rebellion against Macbeth, marches toward Birnam Wood to join Malcolm and his English army.

Act 5, scene 3

Reports are brought to Macbeth of the Scottish and English forces massed against him. He seeks assurance in the apparitions’…

Act 5, scene 4

The rebel Scottish forces have joined Malcolm’s army at Birnam Wood. Malcolm orders each soldier to cut down and carry…

Act 5, scene 5

Macbeth is confident that he can withstand any siege from Malcolm’s forces. He is then told of Lady Macbeth’s death…

Act 5, scene 6

Malcolm arrives with his troops before Dunsinane Castle.

Act 5, scene 7

On the battlefield Macbeth kills young Siward, the son of the English commander. After Macbeth exits, Macduff arrives in search…

Act 5, scene 8

Macduff finds Macbeth, who is reluctant to fight with him because Macbeth has already killed Macduff’s whole family and is…

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Scene 3
Enter Macbeth, the Doctor, and Attendants.

MACBETH 
 Bring me no more reports. Let them fly all.
 Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane
 I cannot taint with fear. What’s the boy Malcolm?
 Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know
5 All mortal consequences have pronounced me thus:
 “Fear not, Macbeth. No man that’s born of woman
 Shall e’er have power upon thee.” Then fly, false
 thanes,
 And mingle with the English epicures.
10 The mind I sway by and the heart I bear
 Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.

Enter Servant.

 The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!
 Where got’st thou that goose-look?
SERVANT There is ten thousand—
MACBETH 15Geese, villain?
SERVANT Soldiers, sir.
MACBETH 
 Go prick thy face and over-red thy fear,
 Thou lily-livered boy. What soldiers, patch?
 Death of thy soul! Those linen cheeks of thine
20 Are counselors to fear. What soldiers, whey-face?
SERVANT The English force, so please you.
MACBETH 
 Take thy face hence.Servant exits.
 Seyton!—I am sick at heart
 When I behold—Seyton, I say!—This push

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ACT 5. SC. 3

25 Will cheer me ever or disseat me now.
 I have lived long enough. My way of life
 Is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf,
 And that which should accompany old age,
 As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,
30 I must not look to have, but in their stead
 Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath
 Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare
 not.—
 Seyton!

Enter Seyton.

SEYTON 
35 What’s your gracious pleasure?
MACBETH  What news more?
SEYTON 
 All is confirmed, my lord, which was reported.
MACBETH 
 I’ll fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked.
 Give me my armor.
SEYTON 40’Tis not needed yet.
MACBETH I’ll put it on.
 Send out more horses. Skirr the country round.
 Hang those that talk of fear. Give me mine
 armor.—
45 How does your patient, doctor?
DOCTOR Not so sick, my lord,
 As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies
 That keep her from her rest.
MACBETH  Cure her of that.
50 Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
 Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
 Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
 And with some sweet oblivious antidote
 Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
55 Which weighs upon the heart?

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ACT 5. SC. 4

DOCTOR  Therein the patient
 Must minister to himself.
MACBETH 
 Throw physic to the dogs. I’ll none of it.—
 Come, put mine armor on. Give me my staff.
Attendants begin to arm him.
60 Seyton, send out.—Doctor, the thanes fly from
 me.—
 Come, sir, dispatch.—If thou couldst, doctor, cast
 The water of my land, find her disease,
 And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
65 I would applaud thee to the very echo
 That should applaud again.—Pull ’t off, I say.—
 What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug
 Would scour these English hence? Hear’st thou of
 them?
DOCTOR 
70 Ay, my good lord. Your royal preparation
 Makes us hear something.
MACBETH  Bring it after me.—
 I will not be afraid of death and bane
 Till Birnam Forest come to Dunsinane.
DOCTOR, aside 
75 Were I from Dunsinane away and clear,
 Profit again should hardly draw me here.
They exit.