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Macbeth Essay

600 words - 3 pages

A. Macbeth and Banquo, Scottish generals, are returning after crushing a rebellionagainst Duncan ( King of Scotland ), when they are met by three witches. The witchesprophesy that Macbeth will become thane of Cawdor , then later on he will become King.Banquo is told that he will never become King, but will be the father of Kings. Macbethis horrified, for shortly afterwards a messenger arrives to tell him that Duncan hascreated him Thane of Cawdor as a reward for his services. Macbeth writes the news to his wife. Lady Macbeth reads the letter fromMacbeth, telling her of the prophecies. With reading this she chooses to invite evil spiritsinto her to take away her womanhood, she ...view middle of the document...

Macbeth sends two murderers to kill Banquo, for he fears that thewitches prophecies about Banquo will come true too. Macbeth is scared and confused atthe second Banquet celebrating the coronation, for he sees the ghost of Banquo sittingin his seat, everyone thinks he is mad, though Lady Macbeth saves her husband fromrevealing her guilt to the guests. Macbeth goes and visits the witches again asking for another prophecyand they tell him three things. (1) to beware Macduff, (2) not to fear any man born ofwomen, (3) that he will not die unless Birnam Wood moves towards Dunsaine Castle.Macbeth is later informed that Macduff has gone to England, so he then plans to kill allof Macduff's family. Macduffs family are murdered, Macduff hears of the terrible newsand plans revenge against Macbeth. The Scottish contingent are marching to meet the English forces led byMalcolm and Macduff, to make their attack on Macbeth. Macbeth learns that there areten thousand soldiers after him and that his wife had died ( or killed herself ). TheEnglish army arrives at Birnam Wood and Malcolm instructs each solider to cut down abranch and carry it in front of them to disguise their approach. A servant tells Macbeththat he had seen the wood move, he goes and looks for himself and realises that oneof the prophecies has come true. The army throw down their branches and prepare forbattle. Macbeth kills Siward. Macduff faces Macbeth and reveals to him that he was bornby Caesarean section.The prophecies of the witches are fulfilled, Macduff arrives with the head of Macbeth.Malcolm is proclaimed King.

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