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What are the important entrances/exits of charcters in "Macbeth"?

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lucyylithium | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 2, 2008 at 12:57 PM via web

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What are the important entrances/exits of charcters in "Macbeth"?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 2, 2008 at 8:53 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act I, Sc 1, the three witches plotting to meet Macbeth in order to give him the prophecy.

In Act I, Sc 2  King Duncan decides to bestow the title Thane of Cawdor on Macbeth.

Act I, Sc 3 Macbeth and Banquo, the witches, both receive prophecies.

Act I, Sc 5  Lady Macbeth, reading her husband's letter regarding the witches prophecy and his title of Thane of  Cawdor.

Act II, Sc 2 Lady Macbeth takes care of Duncan's guards,  Macbeth murders King.

Act II, Scene 3 Macduff discovers the murdered King.

Act II, Sc 3 Malcolm and Donalbain, the kings sons, decide to leave the country, Donalbain to Ireland and Malcolm to England.

Act III, Sc 1 Macbeth as King of Scotland. Banquo, who he has already decided to have murdered.

Act III, Sc 4 Banquo's ghost, which sets Macbeth on a path to madness.

Act III, Sc 5  Hecate, the goddess of the witches who will now control Macbeth's fate.

Act IV, Sc 1 the witches and Macbeth meet for the second time. This prophecy spurs Macbeth to murder Macduff's family.

Act IV, Sc 2  murderers, Lady Macduff and family murdered

Act IV, Sc 3  Ross tells Macduff of the murder of his family.

Act V, Sc 1  Doctor who finds Lady Macbeth insane.

Act V, Sc 3 Seyton, servant tells Macbeth great army approaching.

Act V, Sc 5 messenger Birnam Wood has come to Dunsinane. Seyton Queen is dead.

Act V, Sc 7 Macduff kills Macbeth.

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suman1983 | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 4, 2008 at 2:56 AM (Answer #2)

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The above commentator rightly notes the major activities of the characters in ‘Macbeth’. Since the question is based on the important entrances and exits, it would be justifiable to segregate them in order of their occurrences. 

ENTRANCES: 

The entrance of the three witches in Act I, Sc. i and in Act II, Sc. ii.
The entrance of Macbeth at the end of his “deed” in Act II, Sc. ii with his bloody hands.
The entrance / re-entrance of the “Ghost of Banquo” in Act III, Sc. iv.
The entrance of Lady Macbeth in Act V, Sc. i.
The entrance of Macduff in Act V, Sc. viii.  

EXITS: 

The witches vanish in Act I, Sc. iii.
Macbeth leaves to murder Duncan at the end of Act II, Sc.i.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both “retire” to their “chamber” at the end of Act II, Sc. ii.
“Lady Macbeth is carried out” in Act II, Sc. iii.
The “ghost of Banquo” disappears several times in Act III, Sc.iv.
The exit of Lady Macbeth in Act V, Sc.i.

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