Macbeth Translation Table of Contents
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Act 1, Scene 1
The three witches gather and make plans to meet with Macbeth.
Act 1, Scene 2
Norway has invaded Scotland. Macbeth and Banquo have skillfully won a battle. The Thane of Cawdor has been shamed.
Act 1, Scene 3
The witches surprise Macbeth and Banquo and deliver their prophecy--part of which is immediately proven true.
Act 1, Scene 4
Duncan thanks Macbeth and Banquo, declares Malcolm as his heir, and says that he will visit Macbeth's castle.
Act 1, Scene 5
Lady Macbeth hears about Macbeth's victories, the witches' prophecies, and Duncan's visit. She plots Duncan's death.
Act 1, Scene 6
Lady Macbeth welcomes Duncan to her and Macbeth's castle.
Act 1, Scene 7
Macbeth feels unsure about murdering Duncan. Lady Macbeth urges him on, saying they should blame it on the guards.
Act 2, Scene 1
Macbeth meets Banquo, who says how pleased Duncan has been with Macbeth's hospitality.
Act 2, Scene 2
Macbeth has killed Duncan. Lady Macbeth takes the murder weapons from him and places them in Duncan's room.
Act 2, Scene 3
Macduff comes to escort the king, but discovers his murder. Macbeth kills the framed guards. Donalbain and Malcolm flee.
Act 2, Scene 4
Macduff tells Ross that Duncan's sons seem guilty of his murder because they have fled. Macbeth will take the throne.
Act 3, Scene 1
Macbeth is king, but fears the witches' prophecy about Banquo. Macbeth hires assassins to kill Banquo and Fleance.
Act 3, Scene 2
Banquo and Fleance unwittingly head into Macbeth's trap. Macbeth worries, but becomes assured that Banquo can be killed.
Act 3, Scene 3
The murderers ambush Banquo and Fleance, but only manage to kill Banquo. Fleance survives, fleeing in the darkness.
Act 3, Scene 4
The Scottish nobles have a feast. One of the murderers informs Macbeth of Banquo's fate. Banquo's ghost haunts Macbeth.
Act 3, Scene 5
Hecate scolds the witches for not involving her in their trickery. She plans to lead Macbeth to his destruction.
Act 3, Scene 6
Lennox and a lord discuss how Malcolm has fled to the English court. Macduff refuses to respond to Macbeth.
Act 4, Scene 1
Macbeth visits the witches again and hears prophecies from three apparitions. Macbeth learns that Macduff has fled.
Act 4, Scene 2
Lady Macduff learns that her husband has fled. Murderers come and kill her child in front of her. They chase her.
Act 4, Scene 3
Macduff tries to bring Malcolm back to Scotland. Ross tells Macduff that every member of his household has been killed.
Act 5, Scene 1
A doctor has been sent for to see Lady Macbeth. Her guilty conscience causes her to sleepwalk and talk in her sleep.
Act 5, Scene 2
The exiled Scottish lords march toward Macbeth's castle, which he is fortifying, and prepare for war.
Act 5, Scene 3
Macbeth hears that the English army is approaching, and prepares for war. He asks the doctor how Lady Macbeth is doing.
Act 5, Scene 4
Malcolm's faction approaches Macbeth's castle. Malcolm tells his soldiers to carry branches, fulfilling the prophecy.
Act 5, Scene 5
Macbeth prepares for the siege. He learns that Lady Macbeth has died, and hears that the forest seems to be moving.
Act 5, Scene 6
Malcolm commands his soldiers to attack.
Act 5, Scene 7
Macbeth cannot escape the castle. Macbeth fights and kills Young Siward. Macduff chases after Macbeth.
Act 5, Scene 8
Macbeth fights Macduff. Macbeth is killed and beheaded. Malcolm is proclaimed King of Scotland.