Macbeth Acts 1-3


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Macbeth Acts 1-3

  1. 1. Macbeth Acts 1-3
  2. 2. • King Duncan hears about how Macbeth and Banquo (two Scottish generals) defeated two armies, Macdonwald’s army and an invading army from Norway. Duncan announces that Macbeth will become the new thane of Cawdor.
  3. 3. • Three witches wait for Macbeth after the battle. When he and Banquo arrive, they tell him that he will become the thane of Cawdor and the future king (Macbeth doesn’t know that he is the thane of Cawdor yet). They also tell Banquo that his kids will become kings. Once they get back king Duncan names Macbeth the thane of Cawdor and says he will visit his castle.
  4. 4. • Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth that talks about the witches prophecy. She decides to make a plan to kill Duncan, but she worries that Macbeth is to soft to murder the king. So she plans to manipulate him.
  5. 5. • Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he doesn’t want to kill Duncan, she calls him a coward and tells him that they will blame the murder on the servants. He finally agrees to it.
  6. 6. • Macbeth waits for Lady Macbeth’s signal to murder Duncan. He hallucinates a dagger in front of him with blood on it. Once he hears the signal he goes into Duncan’s room.
  7. 7. • Once he finishes, he comes out and tells Lady Macbeth he will never sleep again. She tells him to stop worrying or else he will ruin everything. He says he can’t go back into the room so she takes the daggers and leaves them with the servants.
  8. 8. • They hear a knock at the door. He says that he will never be able to wash the blood off his hands, she tells him to snap out of it and put on his night clothes. The porter opens the gate and Macduff enters into the king’s room and finds Duncan murdered.
  9. 9. • Macbeth goes into see, once he comes back out he says he saw the servants with daggers and he got so angry he killed them. Malcolm and Donalbain (Duncan’s sons) flee to England and Ireland because they fear they are in danger. After they leave people begin to think Malcolm and Donalbain got the servants to kill their father.
  10. 10. • Macbeth is then made king. Banquo says he thinks Macbeth committed the murder and wonders if the witches prophecy will come true for him. Macbeth tells Banquo to come to his feast that night.
  11. 11. • Macbeth wants to get rid of Banquo because the witches said his sons would become kings. He hires two men to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. The two murderers and a third (sent by Macbeth) attack Banquo and Fleance. Banquo is killed but Fleance escapes.
  12. 12. • As Macbeth walks into his feast, he sees one of the murderers. The murderer tells him that Banquo is dead but Fleance escaped. When Macbeth goes to sit down he sees Banquo’s bloody ghost sitting in his chair. He freaks out, Lady Macbeth tells the guests that he has always had fits. Macbeth keeps seeing apparitions and Lady Macbeth tells everyone to leave. She scolds him and tells him it was just hallucinations, he says the problem is that he just isn’t used to murder yet. Macbeth says he will go to the witches the next day for answers.
  13. 13. • The witches meet with Hecate (the goddess of witchcraft) Hecate is angry that the witches told Macbeth about his future, but tells them that when Macbeth returns they must summon spirits to make him feel safe.
  14. 14. • In Scotland, Lennox talks with another noble about how they suspect Macbeth in Banquo’s murder. The noble tells Lennox that Macduff has gone to England to ask for king Edward’s help. Macbeth hears of this and starts preparing for war.