Explicate or analyze Macbeth Act 5 Scene 3.

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In Act 5 Scene 3 of Macbeth, Macbeth receives reports that many of his soldiers and noblemen have left his side in Scotland to join the English army.  Macbeth, however, does not care that his men have abandoned him.  At this point, Macbeth has placed his full trust in the prophecies of the witches, and he believes that no harm can come to him until "Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane."  Macbeth has been blinded by his own greed and ambition so he does not consider that there might be an alternative interpretation of the witches' prophecy.  Macbeth is reading quite literally into the prophecy and expects that the actual trees will move when he is in danger (he does not consider that the men will move the trees which happens later in the play).  Further, Macbeth in this scene resolves to continue his fight against Malcolm, Macduff, and the English army so that he does not have to face the fact that he has made a series of bad decisions to get into a position of power.

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