Macbeth Act 4

Macbeth Act 4
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  • In this scene, the witches circle around the cauldron, preparing a spell to cast on Macbeth. Hecate admires them for their effort. Macbeth came to the witches for help. Macbeth asks the witches to reveal the truth of their prophecies to him. To answer his questions, they summon horrible apparitions, each of which offers a prediction to allay Macbeth’s fears.
  • No!! we are not leaving.
  • First, a floating head warns him to beware Macduff. Then a bloody child appears and tells him that “none of woman born / shall harm Macbeth”. Next, a crowned child holding a tree tells him that he is safe until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill. Finally, a procession of eight crowned kings walks by, the last carrying a mirror. Banquo’s ghost walks at the end of the line. Macbeth demands to know the meaning of this final vision, but the witches perform a mad dance and then vanish .
  • Lennox enters and tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England. Macbeth resolves to send murderers to capture Macduff’s castle and to kill Macduff’s wife and children.
  • UGHHHH I am going to kill him!!!
  • At Macduff’s castle, Lady Macduff accosts Ross, demanding to know why her husband has fled. Ross insists that she trust her husband’s judgment. Suddenly, a messenger hurries in, warning Lady Macduff that she is in danger and urging her to flee. Lady Macduff protests, arguing that she has done no wrong. A group of murderers then enters. When one of them denounces Macduff, Macduff’s son calls the murderer a liar, and the murderer stabs him. Lady Macduff runs and the pack of killers chases after her.
  • Malcolm speaks with Macduff, telling him that he does not trust him since he has left his family in Scotland and may be secretly working for Macbeth. To determine whether Macduff is trustworthy, Malcolm rambles on about his own vices. He admits that he wonders whether he is fit to be king, since he claims to be lustful, greedy, and violent. Malcolm want to test Macduff for his loyalty and he passed. Malcolm retracts the lies he has put forth about his supposed shortcomings and embraces Macduff as an ally.
  • Ross enters. He has just arrived from Scotland, and tells Macduff that his wife and children are well. Malcolm says that he will return with ten thousand soldiers lent him by the English king. Then, breaking down, Ross confesses to Macduff that Macbeth has murdered his wife and children. Macduff is crushed with grief. Malcolm urges him to turn his grief to anger, and Macduff assures him that he will inflict revenge upon Macbeth.
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