act 4

act 4

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  • The act begins with the witches preparing a charm. Hecate congratulates them on their good work. The second witch senses evil approaching and Macbeth enters. He demands answers of his future. The first apparition that appears is an armoured head. It warns him to beware Macduff the Thane of Fife.
  • The second apparition is a bloody child. It advises him to fear no man and laugh at the power of others. Although this means he doesn't have to kill Macduff he wants to anyway.
  • The third apparition is a child with a a crown and a tree in his hand. It explains that Macbeth should be brave and fear no one because he won't be defeated until he is approached at Birnam Wood. Macbeth refuses the truth behind this saying that no one will defeat him, but he wants to know if Banquo's sons will take the throne.
  • The witches warn him not to ask more questions of his future but then wish to show him to make him grieve. A line of eight kings then appears all with the face of Banquo. The witches explained that he knew this was his fate. Lennox later tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England making him angrier.
  • The second scene open with a furious Lady Macduff talking to Ross. She says her husband is a traitor for leaving his family. She then tells her son that his father is dead but he refuses to believe her. A messenger then warns Lady Macbeth to leave because her family is in danger. A murderer later kills Macduff's family and servants.
  • In the last scene Macduff goes to England to convince Malcolm to come back and help him conquer Macbeth. After Macduff passes Malcolm's test to see how true to his country he is he agrees.
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