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Macbeth Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 5, Scene 5 Summary

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Act 5, Scene 5 Summary

Macbeth in Dunsinane speaks confidently about withstanding a siege in the fortified castle. His enemies risk famine and ague. Macbeth hears is a shrill cry. He finds out devastating news. His wife has died. He philosophizes about all his days only point the way to "dusty death." While caught in the somber mood, he hears more devastating news. A sentry reports that Birnam wood appears to be itself moving to Dunsinane. The sentry does not realize that he has seen camouflaged soldiers. Macbeth now is truly alarmed- for it appears the Witches' prophecy is coming true- Birnam wood is coming to Dunsinane.

Act 5, Scene 5 Analysis

In a final burst of hubris, Macbeth speaks with enthusiasm about his chances. Then, his hopes are chiseled down a notch with the news that his wife has died. He speaks somberly about how all roads lead to death. Now...

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