Macbeth Act 4

Macbeth Act 4
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  • Double, double toil and trouble fire burn and cauldron bubble
  • The three witches chant around a cauldron, creating a trouble-causing charm when Hecate enters and commends them for their spell. As Hecate leaves the second witch feels a pricking of her thumb and senses an evil presence.
  • Macbeth comes to the witches and demands answers to what he wants to know. In answer, the witches finish the spell and show him three apparitions. The first being an armored helmet, that warns him to beware of Macduff. The second apparition is a bloody child that tells him that no woman-born man will ever harm him. The third is a child with a crown on his head that tells Macbeth that he will not be defeated until Birnam woods move towards his castle at Dunsinane.
  • When he touches them, they heal immediately
  • Your wife and babes, Savagely slaughtered
  • Lady Macduff and her son are talking, and Lady Macduff is trying to convince him that his father is dead and to figure out how he will live without a father. As they are speaking, a messenger enters and tells them to flee, for there is an imminent danger. Lady Macduff is confused because she is innocent. During her confusion, murderers enter and kill Lady Macduff and all of her household.
  • Malcolm and Macduff meet, but before Malcolm will trust Macduff, he puts him through a test of loyalty. First Malcolm states that he doesn't trust anyone, and then he lists many bad aspects of himself, to which Macduff replies that all kings have their faults and that the kingdom can provide satisfaction for his bad habits. Then Malcolm goes even further to say that he has no virtues as a king should, and Macduff responds with an outburst saying how Scotland is doomed and that there is no hope. Finally, Malcolm reveals that he was lying and isn't really any of the bad things.
  • A doctor enters and tells Macduff and Malcolm of King Edward and how he is curing the mysterious sickness called the "Evil" in England", and then he leaves and Ross Enters and tells of the terrible things that Macbeth is doing that are plaguing Scotland and making a place much unlike what they have known. Macduff asks how his family is and Ross lies that they are fine, and then reveals that Macbeth had them all killed. Macduff responds with extreme shock and sadness, and Malcolm attempts to make his sadness into anger to defeat Macbeth.
  • Finally, Macduff vows that he will kill Macbeth and get his revenge.
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