William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

scene one, act one summary

characters. The three witches

location. A desert place

Time. Before the end of the battle

Events. The witches plan to meet with Macbeth on the hearth after the war has ended.

Quote. “When shall we three meet again,  in thunder, lightning or rain?

Scene two, Act one summary  

Characters: King duncan, Malcolm, donalbain, lennox, sergeant, rosse, angus

Location: a camp near forres

Time: during the battle

Events: the king is greeted by an injured soldier who informs him of the battle. rosse enters and tells him about the out come and how it was won. along with who was involved.

Quote: ” What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.”

scene four, act one summary

characters: Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lenox, Macbeth, Banquo, Rosse, Angus

location: Kings palace

Time: unknown

Events: Duncan is notified of the traitors’ death and congratulates Macbeth and Banquo om their efforts and appoints his son Malcolm as the new King

Quote: “That is a step on which  I must fall down, or else o’erleap for in my way it lies.”

scene one, Act five summary

characters: lady macbeth, Macbeth, Messenger

location: Macbeth’s castle

time: Unknown

Events: Lady Macbeth receives a letter from macbeth explaining the witches and his eagerness to be king, Lady macbeth fears a lack of evilness and plans to kill the ming herself when he arrives. macbeth seems not to sure about the idea of killing his friend.

Quote: ” we will speak further”

Act One, Scene Six, Seven Summary

Characters: Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Lennox, Macduff. Ross, Angus

Location: Macbeths Castle

Time: Unknown

Events: Duncan Arrives for dinner at Macbeths, Macbeth is out in the kitchen contemplaiting the murder of his friend and king. Lady Macbeth convinces him to continue with the plan and then explains it to macbeth. he then joins them for dinner. Duncan knows something is up

Act two, Scene One Summary

Characters: Macbeth, Banquo, Fleance

Location:Macbeths Castle

Events: macbeth decides he is going to kill the king at midnight lying to his friends. he talks to an imaginary dagger and questions his sanity

Quote: “is this a dagger i see before me”

Act two, Scene Two

Characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth

Location: Macbeths Castle

Time: After midnight

Events: Macbeth kills duncan and returns to Lady Macbeth. She returns the daggers to the gaurds and frames them, Macbeth feels high guilt while Lady Macbeth brushes it off as if nothing happened. there is a knock at the door and it is time for them to pretend to be inocent.

Quote: “Will Great neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? no, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making green the red.”

Act Two, Scene Three

Characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Malcolm, Porter, Macduff, Lennox, Banquo, donalbain, Ross

Location: Macbeths Castle

Time: Morning after Duncans death

Events: Porter opens the door to Lennox and Macduff, who are there to check on the king. Macbeth joins them and leads Macduff to Duncan. he discovers he is killed and macbeth has killed the guards out of anger. the guests hear the news and Donalbain and Malcolm leave due to the threat that they might be blamed for the murder. people don’t believe it was the guards.

Quote: “The Lord’s anointed temple, and stole thence
The life o’ the building!”

Act Two, Scene Four

Characters: Macduff, Old Man, Ross

Time: 2 days after murder

Location: outside Macbeths Castle

Events: They talk about the messed up order of nature and choose who will go to Macbeths king making thing and Duncans Buirial.

Quote”Then ’tis most like
The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.”0

Act Three, Scene Two.

Characters: Lady Macbeth, Servant, Macbeth

Location: The Palace


Events: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are talking about the killing of Duncan and that they will need to eliminate Banquoe and fleance. Macbeth is trying his hardest to hide the truth and is struggling with the guilt. Lady Macbeth is deflated because she doesn’t think it was worth loosing all that she had. They talk about how there is still a risk and grave danger although Duncan is in his grave.

Quote: “We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it”

Scene Five, Act Three

Characters: First Witch, Hecate

Location: A heath

Time: Unknown

Events: with one is greeted by an angry hecate. Hecate is complaining about being left out of Macbeth trick and announces that they will meet him again

Scene Six: Act Three

Characters: Lennox, Lord

Location: Forres

Time: Unknown

Events: Lennox and Lord discuss the people traveling to England and prepare for war against them.


Scene One, Act Four    

(First Apparition: an armed Head)

(Second Apparition: A bloody Child)

(Third Apparition: a Child crowned, with a tree in his hand)

Characters: Macbeth, Apparitions, Witches, Hecate, Lennox

Location: Unknown

Time: Unknown

Events: Macbeth meets up with the witches seeking answers. he meets Hecate and three apperitions answer his queries. he is shown that banquos children and their children will be kings to come. he is told no mortal can kill him but macduff is still a threat. lennox arrives and tells macbeth Macduff has fled to England. Macduff begins to question his sanity about seeing the witches

Quote: “Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care
Who chafes, who frets, or where conspires are:
Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him.”

Scene Two. Act Four

Characters. Lady Macduff, Son, Murderer, Messenger. Ross

Location. Fife

Time. Unknown

Events. Ross informs Lady Macduff and her son that Macduff has abandoned them and fled to England. Lady Macduff tells her son that Macduff has died and her son is not worried.  A messenger arrives to inform lady macduff of her danger moments before a murderer arrives and says that macduff is a traitor and kills her son. she runs away.

Quote. “What had he done, to make him fly the land?”

Scene Three Act Four

Characters: Malcolm, Macduff, Ross, Doctor

Location: England, Before the kings castle

Time: Unknown

Events: Macduff and Malcolm are in England and macduff learns of his families death. they decide to use the English army to throw Macbeth off. also they argue a little bit and talk about what is happening in Scotland.

Quote: “Be called our mother, but our grave” – referring to the country”

Scene One, Act 5

Characters: Lady Macbeth, Doctor, Women Person

Events. Doctor is called because lady Macbeth be tripping. Sleep Walking

Scene two, Act Five

Characters: MENTEITH, CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, and Soldiers

Location: Country near dunisnane

Time: Unknown

Events: The lads got togeather to chat about where Donalbaine is. they are preparing for battle

Quote: “Now does he feel
His secret murders sticking on his hands;
Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach”

Scene Three. Act Five

Characters: Seyton, Macbeth, Doctor, Servent

Location: A room in the castle, Dunsinane

Time: Unknown

Events: Macbeth is Taking his anger about the thousands of men waiting to take is kindom out on his servants. He demands the imposible from the doctor wanting a medical cure for what is going to happen. Seyton is told to gather more information about army. Macbeth is Stubborn and beleives that this army cannot kill him untill the forest has moved.

Quote: Bring it after me.
I will not be afraid of death and bane,
Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane.

Scene Four, Act Five

Characters, Malcolm, Siward, Mentieth

Location: Country near Birnam wood.

Time: Unknown

Events: Malcom And Co rally up the soldiers ready for war against Macbeth

Quote:But certain issue strokes must arbitrate:
Towards which advance the war.

Scene Five, Act Five

Characters: Macbeth, Seyton, Messenger, Soldiers

Location: In the castle

Time: Before war

Events. Macbeth is getting his troops ready for war when a messenger informs Macbeth of Lady Macbeths death. at first he is in denial but when it is explained she killed herself he beleived the messenger.

Quote: I have almost forgot the taste of fears;
The time has been, my senses would have cool’d

Act Five, Scene Six

Characters: siward, Macduff, Malcolm

Location: Before the Castle

Events: The three meet to discuss to kill the tyrant macbeth

quote: Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.

Act Five, Scene Seven

Characters: Malcolm, Macduff, Macbeth, Young siward, Siward

Location: Part of the battle field

Events: Macduff, Malcolm, Siward, young Siward and Macbeth are on the battle feild. Macbeth slays Young siward, Macduff screams at macbeth to show himself.

Quote: Thou wast born of woman
But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
Brandish’d by man that’s of a woman born.

Act Five, Scene Eight

Characters: Macbeth, Macduff, Malcom, Siward, Ross

Location: another part of the field

Events: Macduff and Macbeth duke it out on a field. Macbeth claims he is unkillable but macduff says that there is a loop hole. Macduff kills Macbeth. Siward Malcolm and Ross enter and talk about young siwards noble death. macduff re enters with Macbeth’s head and Malcolm is named rightful king.

Quote: We shall not spend a large expense of time
Before we reckon with your several loves,
And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen,
Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland
In such an honour named. What’s more to do,
Which would be planted newly with the time,
As calling home our exiled friends abroad
That fled the snares of watchful tyranny;
Producing forth the cruel ministers
Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen,
Who, as ’tis thought, by self and violent hands
Took off her life; this, and what needful else
That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace,
We will perform in measure, time and place:
So, thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crown’d at Scone.

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