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Macbeth overview

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Introduction

Three witches are patiently waiting on a heath. It is stormy; there is thunder, lightning, rain and howling winds. The witches discuss their business with each other. A sailor's wife insulted one of them, so the witch decides to punish the sailor. The other two witches offer her strong winds to blow to stop the sailor's ship from getting into a port. Before they had started to talk about the sailor, the witches had agreed to meet up with Macbeth,(the Thane of Glamis and friend of the King.) after he had finished fighting a battle against the Norwegian ranks. Just before Macbeth comes upon the witches they cast a spell: 'The weird sisters, hand in hand, posters of the sea and land, thus do go, about, about, thrice to thine, and thrice to mine, and thrice again to make up nine.' After the witches finished chanting the spell Macbeth and Banquo reach the heath. Macbeth comments on the weather and then Banquo notices the witches and speaks his thoughts clearly to Macbeth. Banquo says that the witches don't look like people who should be living on earth but then they are, he then asks them if they can be talked to and that also the fact the witches have beards makes Banquo think that they cannot be women but they are. The witches greet Macbeth with their predictions they greet him as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and Macbeth to be King. ...read more.

Middle

A messenger comes to Lady Macbeth and tells her that the King is to stay at the Macbeth residence for the night. After the messenger leaves Lady Macbeth calls upon evil spirits to make her stronger and she also asks the dark of the night to hide the murder that she is planning. A while later after Lady Macbeth's summoning, Macbeth arrives. They discuss the murder and Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to pretend to be normal and loyal on the outside even if he isn't on the inside. Duncan and all the Thanes arrive at Macbeth's castle. They are given a warm, friendly welcome from both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. At the banquet held that night Macbeth leaves and thinks hard about King Duncan and consequences. Lady Macbeth changes his mind back to the original decision and tells Macbeth that they will put the blame on the guards. Banquo and Macbeth talk about the witches and their predictions but Macbeth says they will discuss it later. Once Banquo has left, Macbeth goes and kills King Duncan. Macbeth returns from King Duncan's room petrified and daggers still in hand. He told Lady Macbeth in a panic that he had done it, Lady Macbeth was delighted until she saw the daggers still in her husbands hands. Lady Macbeth told Macbeth to take the daggers back and plant the daggers on King Duncan's guards. ...read more.

Conclusion

Malcolm commands every man to cut down a tree branch and carry it, so Macbeth couldn't see how many of him there were. Macbeth bumps into a messenger who informs him of the approach of Birnam wood and that Lady Macbeth had died, he isn't even bothered by that. When they arrive at Dunsinane Hill Malcolm tells all the soldiers to put down their branches and fight, Siward and his son are to lead followed by Malcolm and Macduff. Whilst the soldiers are fighting Siward's son finds Macbeth and duels him, as Siward's son was born of a woman Macbeth defeated him. Macduff didn't want to fight anyone but Macbeth, and he doesn't want Macbeth killed by anyone else. Eventually Macduff finds Macbeth and fights him even though Macbeth didn't want to. Macbeth tells Macduff that he can't be killed by anyone born of a woman. Macduff replies that he wasn't born, he was cut out of his mother by caesarean. After saying this Macbeth became scared and became the total opposite of the bold character he was before and in his cowardice he refused to fight. Macduff gives Macbeth a choice. Fight to the death or not fight but Macbeth will be kept as a prisoner. Macbeth chooses the first option and therefore they fight. Macduff comes out victorious holding Macbeth's head. Malcolm makes all the Thanes into Earls for a reward of their help; he also invites everyone to his coronation. ...read more.

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