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A Not-So-Brief Summary of Macbeth!

A short scene of three witches opens the play. The three witches plan to meet with Macbeth. He has just finished a battle proir to the beginning of the play. This first scene sets the mood and catches the curiosity of the audience right away.

The rebels were having all the luck until Macbeth and Banquo win the victory for Scotland. Macbeth is going to be awarded 'Thane of Cawdor', after he defeated Macdonwald, who previously had the title and was also a disloyal traitor.

The witches wait for Macbeth while he and Banquo are tired and grumbling about the bad weather. The witches tell them "prophecies" that has Banquo almost amused and Macbeth stunned.

King Duncan is introduced to the play and speaks highly of Macbeth. He also annocounces that his is naming his son Malcolm the 'Prince of Cumberland'. Macbeth sees this as an obsticle between him and the crown.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a very open relationship. They do not keep secrets from each other judging by the contents of the letter she recieves. It tells all about the witches and their prophocies. Lady Macbeth understands that she will have to urge her husband on to become king.They plan the murder of King Duncan.

Macbeth begins to doubt whether this murder should take place. He regards Duncan as almost a divine excellence and tells his wife that they will proceed no further. Lady Macbeth insults her husband and makes him feel guilty. He is persuaded by her encouragement and he eventually agrees to murder the King.

Macbeth waits in the cortyard for his wifes signal to muder Duncan and meets with Banquo and Fleance, Banquo's son. They are on their way to bed. He sees a daggar that almost calls to him. He then murders his King.

Lady Macbeth waits for her husband who now has bloody hands. He is feeling very guilty about what had just taken place. She consoles him and tells him that their business is not done yet. She makes him clean himself up.

Macduff discovers that King Duncan had been murdered. Macbeth pretends to blame the murder on the Kings attendants and kills them. King Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain are afraid that they may be the next victims of murder and flee, putting them in the suspition of others.

Ross and an Old Man disscuss the events of the night King Duncan was murdered. Now, Macbeth has been chosen as King and has gone to Scone for the coronation. Macbeth sees that Banquo is beginning to suspect Macbeth. He panics. As a result, he plans the murder of Banquo and his son Fleance with two murderers.

Lady Macbeth begins to worry about her husband. He doesn't tell her what he is up to.

Banquo and Fleance are travelling when murderers intercept them. Banquo is killed while Fleance escapes. Macbeth and his wife welcome guests to their banquet. The ghost of Banquo appears only to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth and the others are concerned for Macbeth when he starts yelling at "nothing".

Act III, Scene (v) may not have been written by Shakespeare, but it was added in because the audiences liked seeing the witches. This scene has the witches meeting again with Hectate, their Queen. He scolds them for meeting with Macbeth and orders the, to meet her at another time, when Macbeth comes to them for more prophecies.

Many people are now suspicous of Macbeth. Lennox is talking with a Lord. Lennox wants to warn Macduff to be cautious and keep as far from Macbeth as possible.

Macbeth meets with the witches who give him prophecies that warn him of Macduff. Also, that none of women born (of natural birth) can harm him and lastly, that Macbeth won't be harmed until 'Great Birnam Wood to High Dunsinane Hill shall come against him'. He then plans to have Macduffs family killed.

Lady Macduff talks to Ross about her husbands flight from the country. She tries to explain it to her son. Her son is whitty and humourus about it. Then a messenger warns her to flee the palace, but it is too late. The murderers come and kill her son, Lady Macduff and the rest of the servants.

Macduff is away from Scotland and he has been telling Malcolm about the sufferings of his country. Malcolm does not trust Macduff. He tests Macduff's loyalty by telling him that he had more vices than Macbeth. He trusts Macduff. Ross brings the news of Macduff's family and servants slaughtered. Macduff and Malcolm plan to settle things once and for all with Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth is suffering from a guilty conscience and walks in her sleep. She dreams about when her and her husband murdered Duncan.

Macbeth is showing signs of panic as an army marches towards Dunsinane. Macbeth consoles himself by thinking about the witches' prophecies. He discusses his wifes illnes with a Doctor. He tells the Doctor to cure her of whatever she has. Then, Macbeth goes off to battle.

The army marches closer to Dunsinane and eventually they battle. Macbeth recieves news that Lady Macbeth has died. He feels that life is pointless and so he does not grieve. Then he is told that Birnam Wood is moving towards the castle.

Macbeth meets with Young Siward and kills him. Macduff and Macbeth meet and fight. Macbeth believes that Macduff can't hurt him, only to find that Macduff wasn't naturally born. His mother had a C-section. Macbeth begins to fear Macduff but he does not back down. They fight and Macduff proclaims victory and Malcolm becomes King.

The End.