Macbeth - Act 5, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

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Act 5, Scene 3 Summary

Macbeth, at Dunsinane, tells his doctor and attendants not to give him any more reports. He is not worried about anything unless "Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane." Also, owing to the prophecy, he also believes he cannot be touched by any man "born of woman." When a servant tries to warn him of the approaching 10,000 soldiers, he flies into a rage, calling him a coward. Macbeth calls Seyton and has him prepare his armor. Seyton says it is not necessary, but Macbeth wants to prepare himself. Macbeth is not afraid because of the prophecy but the Doctor has reservations.

Act 5, Scene 3 Analysis

The Macbeth derives its forward thrust through events that hover around the witches' prophecy. Is Macbeth wrong in his unthinking belief in his invulnerability? In this scene, his anger is kindled at anyone even daring to challenge his almost divine protection.

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