Macbeth Summary & Study Guide

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Act I:

After crushing Macdonwald's rebellion against Duncan, Macbeth and Banquo are journeying to the king's castle when they are surprised by the sudden appearance of three witches. The hags predict that Macbeth, who holds the title of Thane of Glarois, will also become Thane of Cawdor and then king of Scotland and that although Banquo will never rule, his heirs will.

Act III:

Although Macbeth has fulfilled the witches' prophecy that he will become king, he still feels threatened by the prediction that Banquo's heirs will one day rule Scotland. He therefore invites Banquo and Fleance to a banquet and hires assassins to murder them on the way to the castle. The murderers succeed in killing Banquo, but Fleance escapes. At the banquet, Macbeth expresses his regret at the absence of his friend; but as he approaches his seat at the table, he is horrified to find...

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