The play Macbeth (or the Scottish play as actors and theatre makers call it) is filled with “direst cruelty” – and moreover, Shakespeare has made the play this way by exploiting the conventions of language and theatre. One of the ways he does this is by making Macbeth seem helpless in which it seems like […]

Outside King Edwards castle Malcom is talking to Madcuff. Malcom tells Madcuff how he does not trust him as he may be working for Macbeth. Malcom tests Madcuffs loyalty to Macbeth by pointing out how he fears Macbeth might be an unfit ruler at first Madcuff politely disagrees but eventually tells Malcom that he has […]

One night at the kings place in Dunsinane a doctor and a gentlewoman are talking about Lady Macbeth’s strange sleepwalking then Lady Macbeth appears on scene carrying a candle moaning about the murders of Lady Macduff and Banquo she is pretending  washing her hands and the gentle woman says it is not unusual for her to […]

Characters Duncan, Ross, Captain, Lennox, Angus, Malcom, Donalblain. Captain is telling Duncan about what happened during the war. Duncan apon learning what Macbeth had done during the battle appoints him Thane of Cowdor.     Quote. What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.

Lady Macbeth Macbeth Banquo Lennox Malcom Madcuff  Donablain The scene starts with the porter knocking on the door. Madcuff finds the king dead and wakes everyone and tells them Macbeth and Lady Macbeth pretend to not know what hes talking about. Macbeth pretends to be overcome with rage and goes to kill the guards. Are […]

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are talking and Macbeth just killed Duncan but he is guilty and refuses to go back in to give the drugged guards the daggers so Lady Macbeth does it

Macbeth sends his wife a letter telling her everything that has happened so far and tells her that the king is staying in their castle overnight. His wife thinks that Mackbeth will not kill the king because hes not strong enough so she decides to do something herself. “Unsex me here And fill me, from […]

it is announced that Duncan is passing on the title of king onto his son Malcom. Macbeth pretends to agree with this decision but plans to plot against him and become king himself. “stars hide your fires let not light see my black and deep desires.”

the three witches tell Macbeth that he is Thane of Cowdor and one day he will be king and they tell Banquio that his children will be kings. Macbeth doesn’t believe them at first but then he finds out that he is Thane of Cowdor so he starts believing everything they told him. Banquio tells […]

Three witches have a meeting and they decide when to meet again and to meet Macbeth when the hurlyburly’s done and the battles lost and won.