Macbeth Act 1 Summary

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Act 1 Scene 1: There is thunder and lightening at a Scottish moor. Three witches appear, wanting to confront MacBeth after the battle. Then they exit. Act 1 Scene 2: At a military camp, King Duncan of Scotland asks a captain who was wounded to tell him about the Scottish battle with the Irish, who are led by Macdonwald. (The captain was wounded while helping Duncan’s son, Malcolm, escape the Irish.) the captain tells King Duncan that the Scottish generals Macbeth and Banquo fought a great battle and Macbeth won. The captain leaves, then the thane of Ross, a Scottish nobleman, enters to tell the king that the thane of Cawdor has been defeated and the army of Norway repelled. Duncan decrees that the thane of Cawdor be put to death and that Macbeth,…show more content…
Macbeth and Banquo enter and scream in horror when they see the witches along the way. The witches call Macbeth thane of Glamis and as thane of Cawdor, which he is surprised to hear. They also tell Macbeth that he will eventually be king. The witches talk to Banqulo while Macbeth is confused and speak in confusing riddles. When Macbeth asks them why he is considered "the Thane of Cawdor", the exit. Act 1 Scene 4: Before Macbeth and Banquo enter, Duncan found out that Cawdor was killed. Macbeth and Banquo reach the king's palace, they enter with Ross and Angus. Duncan wants to name Malcom the the throne. Macbeth feels threatened because Malcom is in the way for him to become king. Duncan is going to Macbeth's for dinner that night and Macbeth decides to notify his wife that the king will arrive. Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth reads the letter she received from Macbeth at their castle. She thinks that he is ambitious and he would not easily become king. A messenger notified Lady Macbeth that the king and Macbeth are on the way. She wants to do whatever it takes to get Macbeth to become king. Macbeth enters and talks to his wife about the king. His wife tells Macbeth that Duncan will not see tomorrow and to let her do her

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