Macbeth Summaries Up to Act 4

Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth of Scotland Pages: 2 (406 words) Published: February 12, 2013
Act One;

Three witches stand around their cauldron plotting trouble. When Macbeth and Banquo come across the witches’ paths on their way home from the battlefield, they are given a prophecy that tells them of their future. Soon after, the first prophecy comes true when Macbeth is given the title Thane of Cawdor. When Duncan (The King) stays at Macbeth’s house for the night before his return home, Macbeth tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, of the prophecy’s, who then comes up with a plan to kill Duncan.

Act Two;

Macbeth sees’ a dagger before him while contemplating if killing Duncan is the right choice or not. Macbeth takes this as a sign that he must kill Duncan. But Macbeth cowards out of his plan, and informs Lady Macbeth that he cannot do it. Lady Macbeth then convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan (again). She then plots the daggers that did the deed upon two drunken, sleeping guards. Macduff and Lennox show up, and Macduff finds the King dead. Panic fills everyone, especially Malcom & Donalbain (The Kings kind) who decide to flee to different countries for safety, leaving the title of King to Macbeth. Macduff is suspicious of Macbeth, and does not attend the ceremony.

Act Three;

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth prepare a dinner, in celebration of Macbeth’s new title. Banquo plans on leaving for a ride with his son, but Macbeth is worried that Banquo’s kind might take Macbeth’s title, so he makes a deal with two servants to kill Banquo. On Banquo’s ride with his son, they are murdered. Back at Macbeth’s home, the dinner is starting, as Macbeth enters the room he sees Banquo’s ghost at the head of the table. Because Macbeth is making a scene that could hurt their reputation, Lady Macbeth bids everyone well and asks them to leave. All the while, the three witches meet their leader, Hecate, who is extremely mad with Macbeth’s new fortune, so the witches come up with a new plan to trick Macbeth.

Act Four;

The three witches start, chanting into a cauldron....
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