Act I Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Three Witches: evil prophets; also known as the Weird Sisters

Duncan: King of Scotland

Malcolm: Duncan’s son

Captain: a wounded Scottish-soldier

Lennox: nobleman of Scotland

Ross: nobleman of Scotland

Macbeth: Duncan’s cousin and General in the military

Banquo: soldier and Macbeth’s friend

Angus: nobleman of Scotland

Lady Macbeth: Macbeth’s wife


Scene 1
The play opens on a bleak and lonely stretch of land in Scotland. Three Witches report that the battle Macbeth is fighting will be over by sunset; they plan to meet with Macbeth on the barren battlefield, or “heath,”...

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