Macbeth Act V, scene 3:how would you describe macbeths demeanor in this scene? and in what way does macbeth aknowledge in this scene that scotland is suffering?

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Macbeth is defiant in Act 5.3 of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

His soldiers are deserting, but he declares:

Bring me no more reports; let them fly all!

Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane

I cannot taint [become infected] with fear.  What's the boy Malcolm?

Was he not born of woman?

When a servant tells him there are 10,000 English soldiers surrounding the castle, he calls for his armor and says:

I'll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked.

Give me my armor.

Macbeth, in fact, is so defiant that he sees the illness in Scotland as the English:  "What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug,/Would scour these English hence?

He wishes the doctor could find the disease and purge it.  But that will not happen.