William Shakespeare – Bronson


William Shakespeare’s MACBETH

Act 1, Scene 1 – Summary

Characters: The three witches

Location: A desert place

Time: Unknown (Before the end of the battle)

Events: The witches plan to meet again after the battle is over. They plan to meet Macbeth on the heath

Quote: “Fair is foul and foul is fair” – Paradox



Act 1, Scene 2 – Summary

Characters: King Duncan, Malcolm, Captain, Lenox, Rosse, Angus, Donalbain

Location: A camp near Forres (Scotland)

Time: During the war

Event: The wounded captain arrives at the camp with information about the progress of the war.

Quote: “Go pronounce his death, And with his former title greet Macbeth” – Rhyme


Act 1, Scene 3 – Summary

Characters: The three witches, Macbeth, Banquo, Rosse, Angus

Location: Heath

Time: After the battle

Event: The three witches meet Macbeth and Banquo and give them insight about the future claiming that Macbeth will become king and Banquo’s children will become king as well

Quote: ” If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir” – Macbeth


Act 1, Scene 4 – Summary

Characters: Macbeth, King Duncan, Malcolm, Banquo, Donalbain, Lennox, Rosse and Angus

Location: Forres

Time: After the Thane of Cawdor’s death

Event: King Duncan claims that Malcolm will become the king but Macbeth knows that is not fate but lie to the king anyway.

Quote: Star, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires; the eye wink at the hand, yet let that be, Which the eyes fears, when it is done, to see. – Macbeth


Act 1, Scene 5 – Summary

Characters: Lady Macbeth, Messenger, Macbeth

Location: Inverness, Macbeth’s castle

Time: After Macbeth’s meeting with Duncan

Event: Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth in which he informs her about the witches telling him that he is to become king. Lady Macbeth is excited by this news because she want to be in power and expresses her thoughts about killing the king.

Quotes: “Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t” – Lady Macbeth


Act 1, Scene 6 – Summary

Characters: Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Lenox, Macduff, Rosse, Angus and Lady Macbeth

Location: Macbeth’s castle

Time: After the Lady Macbeth rant

Events: Duncan arrives the Macbeths castle and is greeted by Lady Macbeth



Act 1, Scene 7 – Summary

Characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth,

Location: Macbeth’s Castle

Time: As Duncan is getting welcomed

Event: Macbeth

Quote: I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent but only vaulting ambition


Act 2, Scene 1 – Summary

Characters: Macbeth, Banquo, Fleance

Location: Macbeth’s castle

Time: As Duncan is in Macbeth’s hospitality

Event: Banquo and Fleance (Banquo’s son) are talking and they tell the audience that it is night. Then Macbeth enters, Banquo claims that he dreamed about the witches. Later Macbeth begins to see an imaginary dagger which he feels is so real he could almost hold it. He then see’s it covered in blood, and Macbeth finally builds the courage to kill Duncan

Quote: Is that a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand come, let me clutch thee


Act 2, Scene 2 – Summary

Characters: Lady Macbeth, Macbeth

Location: Macbeth’s Castle

Time: Midnight during Duncan’s stay

Event: Lady Macbeth made the guards pass out from too much alcohol. Macbeth enters and claims to have killed Duncan and Lady Macbeth says that she heard a loud screech but Macbeth didn’t hear it. Macbeth was suppose to have framed the guards by leaving the daggers next to their unconscious body

Quote: “To know my deed, ‘t were best not know myself” – Macbeth


Act 2, Scene 3 – Summary

Characters: Porter, Macbeth, Macduff, Lenox, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Malcolm, Donalbain

Location: Macbeth’s castle

Time: After the murder of the king

Event: A porter (clown character) hear knocking at his door on the other side is Macduff and Lenox they were sent to wake him up and the porter confesses to drinking the previous night. Then Macbeth enters and Macduff asks if the king is awake, Macbeth claims that he is still asleep and then Macduff goes to wake Duncan up and finds his dead corpse. Macbeth pretends that he doesn’t know anything about it. They find the unconscious guards holding bloody daggers and their clothes also bloody. Macbeth claims to have killed them out of anger over the king’s death but really Macbeth had killed the king and the guards. He had to kill the guards so they couldn’t defend themselves. Malcolm and Donalbain find out about their father’s death and Lady Macbeth pretends to faint. Banquo is a little suspicious of the circumstances. After not long the characters realize that there must be more behind the murder because the guards would not prosper from the king’s death. Malcolm and Donalbain know that they will be framed for the murder and decide to run away to other countries. Malcolm flees to England and Donalbain goes to Ireland. They believe that they will be safer if they are split apart.

Quote: “There’s warrant in that theft which steals itself, when there’s no mercy left” – Malcolm


Act 2, Scene 4 – Summary

Characters: Old Man, Rosse, Macduff

Location: Outside the castle

Time: After Donalbain and Malcolm flee

Event: Rosse and an old man are talking about how the natural environment is acting odd. It is night when it should be day, a owl attacked a hawk and horses began eating each other. Macduff enters and he believes that Malcolm and Donalbain are responsible for the death of King Duncan and hired the guards to do it. He also informs Rosse that Macbeth is to be the next king

Quote: ” ‘T is unnatural, even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last, a falcon towering in her pride of place was by a mousing owl hawked at, and killed” – Old Man


Act 3, Scene 1 – Summary

Characters: Banquo, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Rosse

Location: Forres, a room in the palace

Time: After Macbeth has become king

Event: Macbeth is concerned that Banquo is aware that he is responsible for the death of the king. Banquo confesses to going on a horse ride that lasts until late that night, he is accompanied by his son. Macbeth asks some suspicious questions about where Banquo is going. Macbeth asks his servants to bring in two murderers and asks them to go out and kill Banquo and Fleance. He calls upon them to be ambitious and they say that they have nothing to lose and will do anything. Macbeth tells them that he can’t because it would upset his social status.

Quote: “I am one, my liege, whom the vile blows and buffets of the world have so incensed, that I am reckless what I do do spite the world” – Murderer 2


Act 3, Scene 2 – Summary

Characters: Lady Macbeth, Servant, Macbeth

Location: Castle Forres but a different room

Time: After he had sent the murderers to take out Banquo

Event: At Forres Lady Macbeth and a servant are in a room and she asks if Banquo has left, this is to inform the audience on what just happened. Lady Macbeth says that although she has achieved what she has wanted, she is burdened because she is worried by the consequences. The servant leaves and Macbeth enters. He talks about how although they have killed Duncan, he is still not out of the woods just yet. I think that the play is foreshadowing that something bad is about to occur

Quote: “Thou marvellous at my words: but hold thee still, things bad begun make strong themselves by ill. So, pr’ythee go with me” – Macbeth


Act 3, Scene 3 – Summary

Characters: 3 Murderers, Macbeth, Banquo

Location: A park, outside the castle

Time: Afternoon

Event: The three murderers wait outside the castle for Banquo and Fleance to pass by. They are walking their horses because they don’t want to make it look like they are engaging in battle. Banquo gets stabbed 20 times in the face. Fleance manages to escape and the murders go back to the castle to inform Macbeth



Act 3, Scene 4 – Summary

Characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Rosse, Lenox, Murder, Lords and attendants, Ghost of Banquo

Location: A room of state in the palace

Time: During the kings party

Event: Macbeth is at his party and everyone is having a good time. Murderer 1 enters into the room and Macbeth approaches him. The murderer tell Macbeth about Banquo’s death and how Fleance escaped, this means that the prophecy can still occur. While Macbeth is talking and being praised at the table Banquo’s ghost sits on Macbeth’s chair and when Rosse asks him to sit he then see’s Banquo’s corpse looking him in the face. Macbeth is hallucinating. Macbeth begins to freak out and he is asked if he is sick and Lady Macbeth covers for him and says that he is always like this. The ghost disappears and Macbeth can relax again. He says that he can face any creature in the world but this, this is because he is guilty for Banquo’s fate and knows that they were once friends. The spirit reappears and Lady Macbeth has to cancel the party because of his hallucinations. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to man up and that he also needs to sleep because this is was is potentially causing these sights.



Act 3, Scene 5 – Summary

Characters: 3 Witches, Hecate

Location: The Heath

Time: During a thunderstorm

Event: Hecate meets with the three witches and says that she is displeased on how the witches meet Macbeth and told him the prophecy without getting her involved. In her anger she claims that she will make Macbeth reach his fate through his own ambition.

Quote: “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear his hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear; and you all know, security is mortals, chiefest enemy


Act 3, Scene 6 – Summary

Characters: Lenox, Lord

Location: Somewhere in Scotland

Time: After Macduff has fled to England

Event: Lenox and a Lord are talking and they discuss that Macduff has fled to England. Lenox believes that Malcolm and Donalbain are not responsible for the murder of Duncan. His evidence is that Scotland is restless and starved and that god is punishing them for an act against him.

Quote: “And that well might advise him to a caution, to hold what distance his wisdom can provide. Some holy angel fly to the court of England, and unfold his message ere he come, that a swift blessing may soon return to this suffering country under a hand accursed” – Lennox


Act 4, Scene 1 – Summary

Characters: 3 Witches, Hecate, Macbeth

Location: A dark cave

Time: During a thunderstorm

Event: The three witches are in their cave making a unknown substance in their cauldron, it is really powerful because they’re adding lots of weird and rare items. Macbeth enters and wants to know more about the prophecy. Three apparitons are summoned and each one tells him something. The first one is a head in armour and it tells Macbeth to beware of Macduff. The second one is a bloody child and says that nothing born of a woman can kill Macbeth. Then the third one is a crowned child with a tree in his hand and says that Macbeth will vanquished when Birnam Wood goes over Dunsinane hill. Macbeth is satisfied but then he sees eight ghost kings followed by Banquo’s ghost. These are the next kings in line who are descendants of Banquo. They disappear and Lennox enters and tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled. Macbeth says that he will kill Macduff family and followers.

Quote: I conjure you, by that which you profess, Howe’er you come to know it, answer me: Though you untie the winds, and let them fight against the churches, though the yesty waves confounded and swallow navigation


Act 4, Scene 2 – Summary

Characters: Lady Macduff, Son, Rosse, Messenger, Murderers

Location: Macduff’s Castle

Time: After Macbeth meet with the witches

Event: Rosse informs Lady Macduff about Macduff fleeing the land. Lady Macduff says that he’s a coward but Rosse insists that it’s because he’s wise. Lady Macduff and her son talk about her father and then a messenger enters to warm them about an attack and then two murders enters and kill the son and then the whole castle

Quote: “He has killed me, mother: Run away, I pray you!” – Son


Act 4, Scene 3 – Summary

Characters: Malcolm, Macduff, Rosse, Doctor

Location: England

Time: After Macduff’s family was killed

Event: Macduff meets up with Malcolm to discuss Macbeth and how they need to stop him. Malcolm offers to become king and tests Macduff by saying that he will be a horrible king and that he will rape the woman and that he will do all these horrible things. But Macduff passes and is loyal to Malcolm



Act 5, Scene 1 – Summary

Characters: Doctor, Gentle Woman, Lady Macbeth,

Location: Dunsinane

Time: Night

Events: A doctor is talking to a gentle woman. The woman says that Lady Macbeth has been doing strange things in her sleep like putting on her night gown, unlocking her closet, taking some paper, write something, read it, seal it and then go back to bed. Lady Macbeth then enters while sleepwalking, she begins to speak and she expresses her guilt for all that has happened and essentially confesses to being responsible for Duncan’s death. After she goes back to bed and everyone leaves.

Quotes: “What’s done cannot be undone” – Lady Macbeth


Act 5, Scene 2 – Summary

Characters: Angus, Lennox, Cathness, Menteth

Time: Before a battle

Location: A country near Dunsinane

Event: Menteth says that the English troops are coming lead by Malcolm and they are at Birnamwood. Everyone claims that they dislike Macbeth but they are fighting for Scotland. This scene is used to tell the audience that a war is about to happen. The Scots claim that the English is using youth to fight.

Quote: The English power is near, led on by Malcolm, his uncle Siward, and the good Macduff. Revenges burn in them; for their dear causes would, to the bleeding and the grim alarm, excite the mortified man.


Act 5, Scene 3 – Summary

Characters: Macbeth, Doctor, Servant, Seyton

Location: Dunsinane, a room in the castle

Time: Before a battle

Event: Macbeth is in his room talking to himself pretty much telling himself to stay cool because he cannot be killed by someone born of a woman or until Birnam Wood reaches Dunsinane. A servant enters and tells him that there are 10,000 british troops ready for battle. Macbeth insults the servant for being pale. Macbeth is aware that he is unrespected and that he won’t grow old to be respected. He calls upon Seyton and he confirms the servants intel. A doctor in the room is treating Lady Macbeth and says that she is restless and sick. Macbeth knows why but blames the doctor. The doctor says to the audience that he dislikes Macbeth and wishes that he wasn’t his doctor. Macbeth puts on his armor and heads into battle.

Quote: “Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, thou lily livered boy. What soldiers, patch? Death of thy soul! those linen cheeks of thine are counsellors to fear. What soldiers, whey face?” – Macbeth


Act 5, Scene 4 – Summary

Characters: Malcolm, Meneth, Siward, Macduff, Rosse, Lenox, Angus, Cathness, Siward’s son, Soldiers

Location: Birnam Wood

Time: Before a battle

Event: Malcolm leads his troops towards Dunsinane, they discover that they are in Birnam Wood and Malcolm commands his soldiers to take a branch from a tree and use it as camouflage so the enemy thinks that they are smaller than they actually are. They know that his soldiers are not passionate and don’t care and they think that Macbeth’s best chance is to just hide in his castle until they use all of their resources

Quote: “The time approaches that will, with due decision, make us know what we shall say we have, and what we owe. Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate, but certain issue strokes must arbitrate; Towards which advance the war.” – Siward


Act 5, Scene 5 – Summary


Act 5, Scene 6 – Summary

Characters: Malcolm, Siward, Macduff

Location: A plain before the castle

Time: Before a battle

Event: Malcolm, Siward and Macduff talk about going and killing Macbeth. They say that they will fight until the very end even if they do lose.

Quote: “Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath, those clamorous harbingers of blood and death” – Macduff


Act 5, Scene 7 – Summary

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

Location: Another part of the plain

Time: Day probs

Event: Macbeth and Young Siward fight and Macbeth kills Young Siward. Macduff, Siward and Malcolm still want to kill Macbeth

Quote: “Thou wast born of woman: But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn, Brandished by man that’s of a woman born” – Macbeth


Act 5, Scene 8 – Summary

Characters: Macbeth, Macduff

Location: Another part of the field

Time: Day

Event: Macbeth taunts Macduff saying that he has already slaughtered most of his family, they then fight. Macduff says that he has no words for such a person. Macbeth says that he will win because he can only be killed of someone who is not born of a woman. Macduff says that he was ripped from his mother’s womb prematurely so he is not born of a woman. Macbeth says that he will flee and Macduff calls him a coward so Macbeth decides to fight him. They battle and then Macduff slays him.

Quote: “Despair thy charm; and let the angel whom thou still hast served tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb untimely ripped


Act 5, Scene 9 – Summary

Characters: Malcolm, Siward, Rosse, Macduff

Location: Within the castle

Time: Day

Event: Malcolm asks where Macduff and Young Siward are and Rosse says that Young Siward was killed in battle and he had a stab wound on his chest. Old Siward says that it was an honourable death and that he wouldn’t wish for any other. Macduff enters with Macbeth’s head and they hail Malcolm as the king of Scotland. It is also revealed that Lady Macbeth killed herself.

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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