"Macbeth": Shakespeare. Essay

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*Summary of Each Act*Act I.Loud and bright scary with fright or thunder and lightening begins this act. The first characters we meet are the three witches who symbolize evil, which is what this play is all about. King Duncan, the king of Scotland, gives Macbeth, who killed Macdonald, the title, Thane of Cawdor. Now back to the witches. One has been killing pigs; another is getting revenge on the captain's wife for not giving her a chestnut. The witches want to meet Macbeth "upon the heath" to give him his prophecies. Along comes Banquo, Macbeth's best friend. Macbeth is told he will become Thane of Cowdor and king. Banquo, who's lesser but greater less happy but happier than Banquo doesn't get any prophecies. Ross delivers a message to Macbeth that the king wants to meet him. Macbeth is scared and he considers killing the king to complete the prophecy. The Cawdor has been executed so now Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor. When Macbeth arrives, Duncan thanks him for what he did. Banquo claims his son, Malcolm his successor making it harder for Macbeth to become king. Macbeth tells his Lady of his thoughts about becoming king. Lady Macbeth reads the prophecies and tells Macbeth she will help him get the crown. At the end of this act Macbeth wants to kill Duncan even though Macbeth is supposed to respect his king and by murdering the king Macbeth himself could be killed. Lad Macbeth tells Macbeth she will not love him if he doesn't kill Duncan.Act IIBanquo is walking around the castle worried about the dark thoughts in his head and sees Macbeth up and asks why he isn't asleep. Macbeth responds by saying he wasn't a good host because he was unprepared. Macbeth sees a dagger before him, which gives us the image of killing Duncan. He feels he should do it now that he has seen this before him. Lady Macbeth gets the guards drunk so Macbeth can kill the king without them knowing. Macbeth claims the guards woke up and screamed, "Macbeth murders sleep!" After killing the king, Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to wash his hands but he tells her nothing can wash off all the blood he has or wash away the guilt he feels inside. They are both startled by a knock at the door. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth tells him to put his gown on so they aren't suspected. At this point, there is a point known as comic relief. The porter is knocking at the gate pretending to be at the gates of hell. The porter explains to Lennox and Macduff about what alcohol will do to a person. Macbeth then comes in and takes Macduff to the king. Macduff returns, after seeing Duncan dead. Everyone is upset by the murder and doesn't know who to suspect. Macbeth claims he killed the attendants because he thought they killed Duncan. Both Malcolm and Donalbain escape. Macduff thinks Malcolm and Donalbain paid the attendants to kill the king.Act IIIBanquo comments on how Macbeth is getting everything the witches said he would get even though he's getting it through evil. Macbeth claims he fears Banquo...

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