Shakespeare Unbound: Macbeth

Macbeth is a tragedy set in Scotland. Macbeth is a celebrated Scottish soldier.

After a successful battle, he and his comrade Banquo stumble upon three Weird Sisters who predict that Macbeth will one day be king. When King Duncan visits Macbeth at his castle, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, decide to murder him so that they can fulfill the Weird Sisters' prophecy and take the crown immediately. When Duncan's body is discovered, his son Malcolm flees and is believed by many to be guilty of his father's death. In the absence of Malcolm, Macbeth is crowned king and Lady Macbeth, queen.

Macbeth is plagued by concern for his position as king, and arranges the murder of Banquo and his son. After he is haunted by Banquo's ghost, Macbeth visits the Weird Sisters who give him three more prophecies, including to beware of Macduff, a Scottish nobleman. Macbeth discovers that Macduff has fled to England with Malcolm, and has Macduff's wife and children murdered. Macbeth learns that Lady Macbeth has died just before his castle is stormed by Macduff and Malcolm, who have raised an army against him. Macduff kills Macbeth and Malcolm is proclaimed king.

Act 1:7 1–82.

Act 5:5 17–28.

Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7
Act 1 Scene 7 In Conversation with Kate Mulvany
Act 5 Scene 5 In Conversation with Ivan Donato
Macbeth Act 5 Scene 5


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