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Macbeth
Act 5, scene 7

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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 7
Enter Macbeth.

MACBETH 
 They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly,
 But, bear-like, I must fight the course. What’s he
 That was not born of woman? Such a one
 Am I to fear, or none.

Enter young Siward.

YOUNG SIWARD 5What is thy name?

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MACBETH Thou ’lt be afraid to hear it.
YOUNG SIWARD 
 No, though thou call’st thyself a hotter name
 Than any is in hell.
MACBETH  My name’s Macbeth.
YOUNG SIWARD 
10 The devil himself could not pronounce a title
 More hateful to mine ear.
MACBETH  No, nor more fearful.
YOUNG SIWARD 
 Thou liest, abhorrèd tyrant. With my sword
 I’ll prove the lie thou speak’st.
They fight, and young Siward is slain.
MACBETH 15 Thou wast born of
 woman.
 But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
 Brandished by man that’s of a woman born.
He exits.

Alarums. Enter Macduff.

MACDUFF 
 That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face!
20 If thou beest slain, and with no stroke of mine,
 My wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still.
 I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
 Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth,
 Or else my sword with an unbattered edge
25 I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be;
 By this great clatter, one of greatest note
 Seems bruited. Let me find him, Fortune,
 And more I beg not.He exits. Alarums.

Enter Malcolm and Siward.

SIWARD 
 This way, my lord. The castle’s gently rendered.
30 The tyrant’s people on both sides do fight,

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 The noble thanes do bravely in the war,
 The day almost itself professes yours,
 And little is to do.
MALCOLM  We have met with foes
35 That strike beside us.
SIWARD  Enter, sir, the castle.
They exit. Alarum.