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  • Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be non
  • ACT I SCENE III
  • Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favours nor your hate.
  • ACT II SCENE I
  • Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
  • ACT III SCENE IV
  • Prithee, see there! behold! look! lo! how say you? Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.
  • The Witches meet to await Macbeth. Macbeth and Banquo come across them and we see immediately that Macbeth has a connection to the Witches, repeating "So foul and fair a day I have not seen"(1.3.38) . The Witches address Macbeth as Glamis, Cawdor, and King of the Scots. Macbeth is startled by what he sees clearly as a prophecy that he will be Scotland's next ruler.
  • ACT IV SCENE I
  • Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth.Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against him.
  • Banquo is having trouble sleeping, as the prophecy of the Witches is on his mind. He hints that he has been thinking ambitious thoughts but begs the heavens for the will to suppress them: "Merciful powers/Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature/Gives way to in repose" (2.1.7-9). Macbeth's mind is full of thoughts of the evil he is about to perform and he begins to hallucinate, seeing a bloody dagger appear in the air.
  • ACT IV SCENE II
  • What, you egg! Young fry of treachery!
  • The First Murderer tells him that the blood Macbeth sees upon his face is Banquo's and that Fleance has escaped.Macbeth is unhappy with the news that Fleance remains alive, but he focuses on the good news of Banquo's death and decides to take his place at the dinner table. But Macbeth's seat is already occupied. It is Banquo's ghost, and Macbeth is horrified.
  • ACT V SCENE VIII
  • Hail, King of Scotland! Hail, King of Scotland!
  • Hail, king! for so thou art: behold, where stands The usurper's cursed head: the time is free:
  • Macbeth enters and the Witches agree to show him what the future has in store.Macbeth's confidence is restored, but one question remains: what of Banquo's prophecy? He asks the Witches if Banquo's descendants will still rule Scotland, and in response they summon a vision of eight kings. The kings pass over the stage in order; the last holding a glass. Banquo's ghost follows behind them, and Macbeth flies into a rage at the Witches who have revealed his worst fear.
  • Macduff has left his wife and their son to go to England.A knock at the door interrupts their conversation. It is a messenger who has somehow learned of Macbeth's plan to have Lady Macduff and her son murdered. He begs her to flee at once and he runs from the castle in terror. the murderers grabs her son and stabs him, killing him instantly. Lady Macduff runs screaming from the castle, but the murderers chase her down and slay her
  • He has kill'd me, mother: Run away, I pray you!
  • Macduff charges at Macbeth. They fight, and Macbeth boasts that he is indestructible: "I bear a charmed life, which must not yield/To one of woman born" (5.8.1203). Macduff reveals that he was 'untimely ripped' from his mother's womb. Macbeth realizes that the Witches, in their evil trickery, have only helped in his destruction, and he resigns himself to death. A victorious Malcolm rallies his soldiers. Macduff joins them, carrying the head of Macbeth. He hails the new King Malcolm
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