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  • Macbeth Overview

    Macbeth Overview

    Our Macbeth Overview Quiz covers important plot points and character developments including the banquet scene, Macbeth's greatest fears, and the subject of Lady Macbeth's hallucinations. Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Shakespeare's most haunting play.

  • Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1

    Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1

    Just a few ladies, hanging around in the country side... Oh, wait... Does that one have warts? And what are they stirring in that huge pot? Is that a... thumb? Welcome to Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth. No ruby slippers or benevolent witches here....

  • Macbeth Act 1 Scene 2

    Macbeth Act 1 Scene 2

    "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse, " warned Irish philosopher Edmund Burke. He was right. Power is like a drug: the more you have, the more you want. Such is the case with Macbeth. He has proven himself to be a formidable force and has been rewarded...

  • Macbeth Act 1 Scene 3

    Macbeth Act 1 Scene 3

    An enigma wrapped in a mystery! By Act 1, Scene 3, things are getting stranger (if that's possible) and more confusing. The Weird Sisters are stirring the pot, both literally and figuratively. Banquo is trying to figure out the witches' riddle. Macbeth is reveling in the old crones' flattery of...

  • Macbeth Act 1 Scene 4

    Macbeth Act 1 Scene 4

    It must have appeared to King Duncan that Scotland was his chessboard. Executions here, appointments there; castles to visit, knights to move about. The "game" Duncan is playing, however, is not one he will win. Plans are being made without his knowledge, sanction, or consent. Of course, the new players...

  • Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5

    Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5

    The ambitions of "The Real Housewives of Wherever" are NOTHING compared to the aspirations Lady Macbeth. While Macbeth certainly has the lion's share of culpability in the tragedy that is to come, his greedy wife bears much of the responsibility as well. In this scene, the audience learns just how...

  • Macbeth Act 1 Scene 6

    Macbeth Act 1 Scene 6

    “Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides," warned the French novelist André Malraux. King Duncan would have done well to have understood this maxim regarding human behavior as he crossed the threshold of Inverness. Although he is greeted warmly and returns the hospitality both...

  • Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7

    Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7

    "Keeping Up with the Macbeths"? "Survivor: Scotland"? If reality television had been around in the eleventh century, scouts might well have chosen Macbeth and his wife for their own show. They have all the human foibles we all like to rubberneck... they are already rich, but they want to acquire...

  • Macbeth Act 2 Scene 1

    Macbeth Act 2 Scene 1

    Bell, hook, or candle: signs that some people are up to no good. The evil plot brewing between the Thane of Cawdor and his lady love is coming to a boil and the vile soup finally spills over. The deed is done but the consequences and ramifications have only just...

  • Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2

    Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2

    Have you ever had friends that were so bad for each other that it made you cringe? Alone, the friends seemed fine; but together, they were a train wreck. Well, this is the case with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth; they inflame whatever is worst about the other person when together....

  • Macbeth Act 2 Scene 3

    Macbeth Act 2 Scene 3

    "When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks," warns a citizen in Shakespeare's Richard III. Macbeth does not heed this wisdom. Portents of doom abound. Control over events is ebbing away. Rash actions will have dire consequences. Inverness, to put it in modern terms, has broken bad. Be...

  • Macbeth Act 2 Scene 4

    Macbeth Act 2 Scene 4

    If Act 2, Scene 4 left you going, "Um, huh? What? I can't even..." this is not a surprise. The action is fast and furious. Players are dead, people are missing, mystery and accusations abound, and many characters are in mourning for their murdered king. A power vacuum is a...

  • Macbeth Act 3 Scene 1

    Macbeth Act 3 Scene 1

    "The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late," Daniel Defoe wrote. The same lesson could be applied to the characters of Macbeth. While Macbeth and Banquo are hoping for good fates, for themselves and for their children, fate does not...

  • Macbeth Act 3 Scene 2

    Macbeth Act 3 Scene 2

    For someone who shows such bravery on the battlefield, Macbeth sure has a hard time standing up to his wife. However, Lady Macbeth is not completely responsible for her husband's actions; she isn't even aware of some of his future, murderous plans. Act 3, Scene 2 finds the criminal couple...

  • Macbeth Act 3 Scene 3

    Macbeth Act 3 Scene 3

    If Macbeth was a season of "Survivor: Scotland" one of the characters is about to be voted off the island in Act 3, Scene 3. The play isn't called The Tragedy of Macbethfor nothing. Murder and betrayal mark this bloody, memorable scene. Be sure you recall what went down...

  • Macbeth Act 3 Scene 4

    Macbeth Act 3 Scene 4

    “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead,” Benjamin Franklin once said. And he was right. Three people know who killed Duncan. Only one of them is dead. Guilt is consuming one of the players, and greed continues to propel both of those in on the secret...

  • Macbeth Act 3 Scene 5

    Macbeth Act 3 Scene 5

    If you think it's bad when yourmom blows a gasket, try angering the Head Witch of Scotland! Okay, Hecate is not really the mother of the other witches in this play but she certainly wields power and authority over them. And she is about to make life a lot...

  • Macbeth Act 3 Scene 6

    Macbeth Act 3 Scene 6

    Nothing like a few murders to make a naive kid grow up in a hurry. Such is the case with Lennox, a character who exhibits growth and wisdom by the end of this act. It is Lennox, not his elders, who has put the grisly pieces together. Make sure you...

  • Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1

    Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the most doomed of all? If you're Macbeth, you can safely assume at this point that it's you. However, Macbeth continues his record of really poor decision making in this scene by going back to the witches for "help." Make sure you are...

  • Macbeth Act 4 Scene 2

    Macbeth Act 4 Scene 2

    “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it," observed J.R.R. Tolkien. In Act 4, Scene 2, Lady Macduff is left to explain her husband's hasty departure to her son. Sides are being taken and courage is being tested...

  • Macbeth Act 4 Scene 3

    Macbeth Act 4 Scene 3

    "The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him," Machiavelli warned in The Prince. In Act 4, Scene 3 of Macbeth, Malcolm is put in this position. He is weighing his own abilities to govern and assessing...

  • Macbeth Act 5 Scene 1

    Macbeth Act 5 Scene 1

    About 400 years before Freud articulated the concept of the super-ego, Lady Macbeth was walkin' the walk. LITERALLY. Guilt has a way of seeping through even the most carefully caulked cracks. No one seems to know what's going on, and no one knows what do do. Discover how Lady Macbeth's...

  • Macbeth Act 5 Scene 2

    Macbeth Act 5 Scene 2

    You can look in a lot of "leadership" books and probably none are going to tell you (except for maybe Machiavelli's The Prince) that murder is the key to success. Macbeth thinks that the ends have justified the means, but those forced to follow him have significantly different ideas....

  • Macbeth Act 5 Scene 3

    Macbeth Act 5 Scene 3

    Denial. It ain't just a river in Egypt. Also, don't ever ask Macbeth to play "Clue" with you. He'll never get it. All the signs are there but Macbeth refuses to read them. And his wife, she'll snap out of it soon... right? By this point in the play, literally...

  • Macbeth Act 5 Scene 4 and 5

    Macbeth Act 5 Scene 4 and 5

    Oh, hindsight! How nice to meet you out here, in the woods! Yep, it's not called The Tragedy of Macbethfor nothing. Macbeth has lost everything. All of his plans for power and wealth are dissolving in the pools of blood beneath his feet. Too late does he realize the...

  • Macbeth Act 5 Scenes 6 to 8

    Macbeth Act 5 Scenes 6 to 8

    Six prophecies professed. Six prophecies fulfilled. The Tragedy of Macbethhas reached its bloody, foretold conclusion in these final, fast-paced scenes. Fates are determined, lives are lost, justice is served. Be sure you are clearly recalling who lives, who dies, and how each of the prophecies has come to fruition...

  • Macbeth in Macbeth

    Macbeth in Macbeth

    "Ambition should be made of sterner stuff," Marc Antony said in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The same thing could be said of Macbeth. The Thane of Cawdor had shown remarkable bravery on the battlefield, and his ambition seemed boundless. However, as the once-great warrior discovered, his "stuff" was not as...

  • Lady Macbeth in Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth in Macbeth

    "Out, out, damned spot!" Lady Macbeth is one of literature's most fascinating characters. She is arguably even more driven to wealth and power than her murderous husband. It is she who compels Macbeth, she, who, ultimately, compels the tragedy. No actions occur without reaction, however. For Lady Macbeth, those actions...

  • Banquo in Macbeth

    Banquo in Macbeth

    False friends and mysterious prophecies; betrayals and upheavals. Throughout it all, Banquo, a trusted general in King Duncan's army, acts bravely and wisely. In fact, Banquo's wisdom is what Macbeth fears the most. The general's quick mind might just be the treacherous Thane's undoing. Be sure you understand how Banquo...

  • Witches in Macbeth

    Witches in Macbeth

    "Double, double, toil and trouble!" You probably knew this line long before you read The Tragedy of Macbeth. In fact, most of our popular lore about witches, from cauldrons, to warts, to pointy hats, comes to us courtesy of the bard. However, the witches here are not just for...

  • Macduff in Macbeth

    Macduff in Macbeth

    Modern men, take a cue from Macduff and "feel it like a man." Macduff is one of Shakespeare's most intriguing characters. He is brave but not foolhardy. He is emotional but not helpless. Macduff acts only after carefully reviewing his options; he doesn't fly into a rage and hurt people,...

  • Malcolm in Macbeth

    Malcolm in Macbeth

    "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." This line comes from Shakespeare's Henry IV but it applies to any king in his plays, or indeed, any king in real life. Power is attractive. Power is often seized. In Macbeth, when Duncan is killed Malcolm must make decisions that will...