Characters: doctor, gentlewoman, Lady Macbeth Location: Dunsinane, a room in the castle Events: Lady Macbeth’s gentlewoman tells a doctor about her mistress’s behaviour while sleepwalking. The she appears, asleep and carrying a candle. In her sleepwalking Lady Macbeth imagines she is washing Banquo’s blood off her hands and talks about how she has played a […]

Characters: Malcolm, Macduff, a Doctor, Rosse Location: England, A room in the King’s palace. Events: In England, Malcolm is visited by Macduff. Malcolm is suspicious, fearing that Macduff might betray him to Macbeth for personal reward. Macduff is dismayed to be suspected in this way. To test Macduff’s loyalty, Malcolm pretends to be even more […]

Characters: Lady Macduff, her son, Rosse, a messenger, Murderers Location: Fife. A room in Macduff’s castle. Events: Lady Macduff tells Rosse that her husband’s flight to England showed little concern for his family and questions why he has gone. When Rosse leaves, Lady Macduff’s son, who refuses to believe that his father is dead, asks […]

Characters: 3 Witches, Hecate, Macbeth, 3 apparition, Lenox Location: A dark cave around a boiling cauldron Events: The Witches prepare for their meeting with Macbeth by creating a magic brew. Macbeth arrives and commands the Witches to answer his questions whatever the consequences. The Witches’ ‘masters’ take the form of apparitions. An armoured head warns […]

Characters: Lenox and a lord Location: Somewhere in Scotland After Lenox’s ironic account of events, the lord reports that Macbeth is with the English King, Edward the Confessor, and that Macduff has journeyed there to find support for an attack upon Macbeth.Lenox and the lord agree that Macduff would be well advised to stay out […]

Characters: The 3 Witches and Hecate Location: The heath Events: The Witches are rebuked by the witch godess Hecate for not involving her in their dealings with Macbeth. Hecate vows to lead Macbeth to his destruction. Lenox voices his suspicions to another lord about Duncan’s and Banquo’s deaths. Quote: “How did you dare to trade […]

Characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Rosse, Lenox, Lords and attendants, Murderer, The ghost of Banquo Location: A room in the palace. Events: There is a banquet and Macbeth welcomes everyone. The first Murderer informs Macbeth privately that Banquo has been killed, but Macbeth is dismayed to hear of Fleance’s escape. ┬áMacbeth pretends to be disapointed at […]