Macbeth – Outline Notes –
ACT 1, Scene 1 – Introducing the 3 witches, their intent to meet Macbeth after the battle ...”When the Hurlyburly’s done / When the battle’s lost and won.”.....”Fair is foul, and foul is fair”.
ACT 1, Scene 2 – Battle Camp near Forres, Sergeant reports to King Duncan and son Malcolm, Macbeth heroics, Ross enters, reports victory and Thane of Cawdor’s treachery, Duncan announces execution of Cawdor and makes Macbeth Thane of Cawdor.
ACT 1, Scene 3 – A Heath, 3 Witches discuss evil doings, meet Macbeth and Banquo, the prophecies (Macbeth – Thane of Cawdor, King) (Banquo – children shall be Kings), Witches vanish, Ross and Angus enter and inform Macbeth he is Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth contemplates becoming King. ....Macbeth “So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” – ref weather / victory.
ACT 1, Scene 4 – Forres Palace,King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain and Lennox discuss Cawdor execution, enter Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, Angus, Macbeth and Banquo praised, Duncan declares Malcolm his heir, Duncan declares a royal visit to Inverness (Macbeth’s castle), Macbeth has “black and deep desires”, Macbeth exit to ride ahead, Duncan praises Macbeth further.
ACT 1, Scene 5 – Inverness (Macbeth’s Castle), Lady Macbeth reading husbands letter, Lady Macbeth soliloquy ambition for Kingship and considers/desires regicide...”unsex me here”, enter Macbeth, informs Lady Macbeth of Duncan’s imminent visit, Lady Macbeth voices regicide desires, Lady Macbeth dominant.
ACT 1, Scene 6 – Outside Inverness Castle, King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Nobles, Lady Macbeth enters and greets
ACT 1, Scene 7 – Room in Castle, Macbeth first soliloquy – considers regicide, consequences, inner struggle...”He’s here in double trust:”....decides against or at least wavers....”I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent,”...enter Lady Macbeth, Macbeth decides against regicide, Lady Macbeth argues against him, questions his love, honour, manhood, Macbeth reluctantly commits to regicide.
ACT 2, Scene 1 – Castle courtyard, Banquo and son Fleance, Banquo hands Fleance his sword then as Macbeth enters requests it back, Macbeth and Banquo discuss their meet with the witches. Banquo states that he does not wish to aid Macbeth in becoming King. He does agree to discuss the matter further. Banquo confirms his allegiance to King but is inwardly struggling. Banquo and Fleance exit. Macbeth bids servant to tell mistress to strike bell when drink is ready (murder signal). Servant exits, Macbeth 2nd soliloquy, dagger apparition/phantasm, horrified by thoughts of coming ordeal but is not dissuaded, bell rings, goes to kill Duncan and now less sure of Duncan’s virtue ...”Duncan; for it is a knell / That summons thee to heaven or to hell.”
ACT 2, Scene 2 – Lady Macbeth alone, Owl shrieks, recounts the way she has drugged the Kings guards. Macbeth enters ...”I have done the deed...”. He has guard’s daggers with him. Raving about not being able to say “Amen”. Lady Macbeth takes charge, dominant, takes daggers back to room and bloodies guards. Macbeth horrified at the event. Lady Macbeth returns, knocking, sends him to bed. Macbeth exhibits paranoia, guilt and at the end regret “Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!”
ACT 2, Scene 3 – Castle gate, Knocking, Porter opens, enter Macduff and Lennox, chat, enter Macbeth, small talk, MacDuff exits to wake King, Macduff returns ..”O horror! horror! horror!...” Macduff reports murder, exit Macbeth and Lennox, alarm bell, enter Lady Macbeth, enter Banquo, return Macbeth and Lennox, enter Malcolm and Donalbain, Macbeth has killed Kings guards, Macduff suspicious, Macbeth ...”..gash’d stabs look’d like a breach in nature / For ruin’s wasteful entrance:”, Lady Macbeth faints (false), Malcolm and Donalbain discuss aside, worried, Lady Macbeth carried out. All leave except Malcolm and Donalbain, brief discussion, Malcolm will run to England and Donalbain...
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