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Macbeth 5 Act Structure
Updated: 6/28/2018
Macbeth 5 Act Structure
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The Five Act Play (Dramatic Structure)

By Rebecca Ray

Plays first originated in ancient Greece. Aristotle was one of the first to write about drama and describe its three segments: beginning, middle, and end. Over time, dramas evolved, the Roman poet, Horace advocated for five acts, and many centuries later, a German playwright, Gustav Freytag, developed the five-act structure commonly used today to analyze classical and Shakespearean dramas. The pattern of this five-act structure can be seen in the familiar plot diagram.


The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Tragedy of Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's best-known works. The shortest (and one of the bloodiest) of Shakespeare's tragedies, the story begins with victory and honors for the brave Scottish general, Macbeth. The play follows Macbeth's descent from noble soldier to nefarious traitor.




The Tragedy of Macbeth

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Macbeth comic strip - Macbeth Summary / 5 Act Structure storyboard

Storyboard Text

  • ACT 1
  • We shall tell Macbeth he will be Thane and king! As for Banquo he will have kings!
  • ACT 2
  • How can I be king someday?
  • Macbeth, I can't believe what Rosse just said! The Prophecy is true - Thane of Cowdor.
  • Lady Macbeth I am here to honor your husband!
  • ACT 3
  • Macbeth, we had to kill King Duncan, and we will have to kill others to keep our place on the throne!
  • Lady Macbeth, I fear our murderous deeds.
  • ACT 4
  • Malcolm and Macduff must regain control of Scotland... Macbeth is a tyrant and paranoid.
  • ACT 5
  • The battle is won! ALL HAIL KING MALCOLM! The tyrant and his fiend wife are dead.
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