Scene 1: A battle is currently being fought in Scotland. The three Witches arewaiting to meet with Macbeth.Scene 2: King Duncan has been notifiedthat the Thane of Cawdor has ledan uprising. He will be executedlater. King Duncan plans to promoteMacbeth to Thane of Cawdor.
Scene 3: Macbeth and Banquo, his militarycompanion, meet the three Witchesbefore he found out about the promotionto Thane of Cawdor. The three Witches tell Macbeth the prophecyabout becoming Thane of Cawdor, Thane ofGlamis, and King of Scotland. Banquo was told that he will not be king,but he will establish a Scottish dynasty later on. After the three Witches leave, Macbeth was told that he has became Thane ofCawdor.Scene 4: Macbeth invites King Duncan and his wife to his castle. Macbeth goes home to alert his servants about thevisitors and thinks about how to get the throne.
Scene 5: Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbethabout his promotion and the Witches’prophecies. She thinks that he lacks ambition to takethe Scottish throne and plans a murder. Macbeth is a bit hesitant about carrying onan assassination because Duncan has justpromoted him and complimented him. Macbeth leaves the details to Lady Macbeth.Scene 6: Lady Macbeth welcomes King Duncan to the castle. Duncan praises Inverness Castle for a pleasant atmosphere.
Scene 7: In private, Lady Macbeth tries to persuade Macbeth into killing KingDuncan. Macbeth feels hesitant and doesn’t want to kill Duncan because he wasjust promoted. Lady Macbeth pushes him to continue with the assassination and heagrees to do it in the end.
Scene 1: Macbeth and Banquo talk with each other about the Witches’ prediction. Banquo is too honest to behave dishonourably to achieve his prophecy. Macbeth is hallucinating about the murder he is about to commit.Scene 2: Lady Macbeth drugs Duncan’s guards and signals Macbeth to go in. Macbeth slips into the room and stabs the King. He feels guilty about killing Duncan andreturns to his room with the dagger still inhis hand. Lady Macbeth scolds him for coming backwith the dagger which is evidence. She returns the dagger to Duncan’s roomand frames guards with dagger. They wash off all the evidence from theirhands and then falls asleep.
Scene 3: Macduff and Lenox enters the castle. Macduff goes into the Duncan’s room finds the king dead. The report that there was a murder spreads and panic is everywhere. Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, the King’s sons (Donaldbain and Malcolm), andMacduff meet up with each other. As though in anger, Macbeth kills the guards and Lady Macbeth pretendsto faint. The two Princes run away in fear that they will be the next assassinationvictimsScene 4: Macduff announces that Donaldbainand Malcolm are accused of the murder. Macbeth is crowned king.
Scene 1: Banquo suspects that Macbeth has killedDuncan. Banquo and his son, Fleance, go horsebackriding before the state dinner. Macbeth does not want Banquo’s prophecyto come true so he talks with the assassinsto plan a murder of Banquo and Fleance whilethey are out. Macbeth persuades the assassins by blamingBanquo for Scotland’s problems and they agree.Scene 2: Macbeth talks with his wife about the current situation. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to calm down because he is very stressed out. Macbeth is worried and wants Banquo and Fleance dead first before he can relax.
Scene 3: A third member decides to join in on the murder. After they ambushed Banquo, they murder him. However, Fleance manages to run off. The assassins return to the castle to report to theking (Macbeth).Scene 4: Assassins come back and report to Macbeth thatthe mission is only half accomplished. Macbeth hallucinates that Banquo’s ghost issitting on his throne. Guests are startled by Macbeth’s outbreak, butLady Macbeth calms the crowd by saying that it isa reoccurring issue. Banquet ends after Macbeth’s second out breakand Lady Macbeth dismisses everyone. Macbeth wants to know more about thewitches, but his wife tells him to sleep
Scene 5: Hecate is disappointed with thewitches because they were notsupposed to tell Macbeth about hisprophecy. They plan to cast a bad spell on himthat will lead him to his doom.Scene 6: Lennox talks to another noble aboutMacbeth and the murder of Duncan. They seem like they are talking highly of Macbeth, but they are actuallytalking bad about him. They talk about how Macbeth is a tyrant and that the English will revoltagainst him.