How Does Macbeth Die

How does Macbeth die in Macbeth?

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Macbeth dies when Macduff kills him in battle in Act 5.

Macbeth chooses to kill King Duncan so that he can become king.  He is successful in doing so, and he thinks he deserves to become king.  He has this idea because three witches prophesized it, telling him he would become king. 


All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of



All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter! (Act 1, Scene 3)

This set off a chain of events that led to Macbeth’s death, because once the witches prophesized that he would be king, he decided it would happen.  Then when it did not happen, he got mad.  He decided to do something about it.  He killed Duncan!  Then, Duncan’s sons went on the run.  One son, Malcolm, decided that he had to take action.  He would take his kingdom make, and avenge his father’s death.  Macduff, who proved loyal to Malcolm, would help him.

The witches were not idle.  They also prophesized that Macduff was invincible—or so he thought.

Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to


The power of man, for none of woman born

Shall harm Macbeth. (Act 4, Scene 1)

Macbeth gets the idea that if no man born of woman can harm him, he is safe.  NO man can kill him, right?  When he finally meets Macduff in battle, he gets a rude awakening when Macduff tells him something really unexpected.  Macduff, it turns out, was “from his mother's womb/Untimely ripp'd” (Act 5, Scene 8).  In other words, he was born not the old-fashioned way, but by Caesarian –Section because his mother might have died or been in distress.  Either way, the news is disturbing to Macbeth, especially in battle.  It completely demoralizes him and makes him lose his battle spirit, and soon Macduff beheads him and the battle is over.  Malcolm is king.

rachellopez | Student

Macbeth dies in a battle between him and Macduff. Macbeth brags to Macduff that he cannot be killed by a man who was born by a woman. However, Macduff says he was not technically born by a woman because he was surgically removed. He then proceeds to fight Macbeth and kills him.

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