5th May 2017

Act 5 Scene 5

Characters: Macbeth, Seyton, a messenger and soldiers

Location: Dunsinane, within the castle

Events: Macbeth boasts that his castle can withstand a siege indefinitely but is disturbed by the cry of women. Hearing that Lady Macbeth is dead, he reflects on the pointlessness of life. A messenger informs Macbeth that Birnam wood appears to be moving and Macbeth wonders if the Witches have deceived him and threatens to kill the messenger if he is lying and himself if the messenger is telling the truth.

Quote: ‘Hang out our banners on the outward walls; the cry is still, “They come!” Our castle’s strength will laugh a siege to scorn; here let them lie, till famine and the ague eat them up. Were they not forced with those that should be ours, we might have met them dareful, beard to beard, and bear them backward home…’

‘I pull in resolution, and begin to doubt th’equivocation of the fiend, that lies like truth: ‘Fear not, till Birnam wood do come to Dunsinane”;- and now a wood comes towards Dunsinane…”


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