Act 1, scene 1 Norwegians, aided by Scottish rebels, have invaded Scotland. The Scots successfully defend their country and their beloved king, Duncan. One Scotsman in particular, Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, distinguishes himself in fighting off the invaders.
Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth kills the king, becomes the new king, and kills more people out of paranoia. Civil war erupts to overthrow Macbeth, resulting in more death. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be promoted twice: Banquo's descendants will be kings, but Banquo isn't promised any kingdom himself.
The generals want to hear more, but the "weird sisters" disappear. Soon afterwards, King Duncan names Macbeth Thane of Cawdor as a reward for his success in the recent battles. The promotion seems to support the prophecy.
The King then proposes to make a brief visit that night to Macbeth's castle at Inverness. Lady Macbeth receives news from her husband about the prophecy and his new title.
The Macbeths plot together to kill Duncan and wait until everyone is asleep. At the appointed time, Lady Macbeth gives the guards drugged wine so Macbeth can enter and kill the King.
He regrets this almost immediately, but his wife reassures him. She leaves the bloody daggers by the dead king just before Macduff, a nobleman, arrives.
When Macduff discovers the murder, Macbeth kills the drunken guards in a show of rage and retribution. Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, flee, fearing for their own lives; but they are, nevertheless, blamed for the murder.
He remembers the prophecy that Banquo's descendants will inherit the throne and arranges for Banquo and his son Fleance to be killed. In the darkness, Banquo is murdered, but his son escapes the assassins.
At his state banquet that night, Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo and worries the courtiers with his mad response. Lady Macbeth dismisses the court and unsuccessfully tries to calm her husband. He also need not fear anyone born of woman that sounds secure, no loop-holes here.
They also prophesy that the Scottish succession will still come from Banquo's son.
Macbeth embarks on a reign of terror, slaughtering many, including Macduff's family. Macduff had gone to seek Malcolm one of Duncan's sons who fled at the court of the English king. Malcolm is young and unsure of himself, but Macduff, pained with grief, persuades him to lead an army against Macbeth.
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes — Macbeth, Act 4 Scene 1 Royal Shakespeare Company, Act V Macbeth feels safe in his remote castle at Dunsinane until he is told that Birnam Wood is moving towards him.
Malcolm's army is carrying branches from the forest as camouflage for their assault on Macbeth's stronghold. Meanwhile, an overwrought and conscience-ridden Lady Macbeth walks in her sleep and tells her secrets to her doctor.
As the final battle commences, Macbeth hears of Lady Macbeth's suicide and mourns. Macbeth learns Macduff is the child of a caesarean birth loophole! Macduff triumphs and brings the head of the traitor Macbeth to Malcolm. Malcolm declares peace and goes to Scone to be crowned king.Macbeth adds a little BTW as Banquo leaves, asking if his son, Fleance, will be riding along with him that evening.
Fleance will indeed be going, and upon hearing this, Macbeth bids them farewell. Everyone except for Macbeth and a servant leave the room.
Macbeth has the servant call in . From Macbeth's cry about all “great Neptune’s ocean” in Act 2, to his instructions to the murderers in Act 3, to Lady Macbeth's famous “Out, damned spot" speech in Act 5, the Macbeths are haunted by the idea that they will be forever stained.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth pretend to be shocked and outraged. Macbeth murders the guardsmen of Duncan's room to keep them silent, but says he did it out of a furious rage that they killed the king. Duncan's sons think they may be the next target, and flee. From Macbeth's cry about all “great Neptune’s ocean” in Act 2, to his instructions to the murderers in Act 3, to Lady Macbeth's famous “Out, damned spot" speech in Act 5, the Macbeths are haunted by the idea that they will be forever stained.
Summary Scene 1 Banquo says that the prophecy has come true for Macbeth. He would like the prophecy the Witches made about his sons to come true also.
Summary Act 3. Scene 1. Forres at the palace. Enter Banquo. He talks of how Macbeth is now king because Duncan was murdered and his sons ran away making them seem guilty. He talks of the witches prophecy and how for Macbeth it .