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Summary Act 5

Scene 1

In dunsinane in a backroom of the castle

Enter a physician and a nurse

They are discussing Lady Macbeth’s insanity. Everynight she goes to her closet, writes a letter, read it, seal it and go back to bed, all while fully asleep.

Enter Lady Macbeth with a candle

They watch her a while and talk about her actions as they watch. She washes her hands, her eyes are open but she is asleep.She continues washing and talking to herself about how mmuch blood the old man had, the thane of fife had a wife and she is gone. She rambles on about her and her husbands guilt.then she goes to her room and the doctor says that this manner of affliction is far beyond his knowledge, but that he has known people who walk in their sleep to die in their beds.

Scene 2

The country near Dunsinane

Drumming and colors enter Menteith, Caithness, Angus, Lennox and soldiers.

Menteith talks about the men leading the army and how revenge burns in them. They discuss where they will meet the bulk of the army, near Birnam wood. They talk of how Macbeth has gone mad.

Exit all, Marching.

Scene 3

Dunsinane, a room in the castle

Enter Macbeth, doctor and attendants.

Macbeth refuses to hear anymore reports. He will not fear anyman until the Forest has moved. He laughs about Malcolm coming for him because Malcolm was born or a woman. He tells of how he was told by spirits who know all mortal things that he should not fear these things.

Enter a servant

He tells Macbeth that ten thousand soldiers are coming and he leaves.

Macbeth calls Seyton and asks him what news.

Seyton and Macbeth talk about battle and Macbeth asks for his armor. The doctor tells Macbeth of Lady Macbeth’s condition, Macbeth simply tells him to fix her. The doctor tells Macbeth that for a mental disorder the patient must fix herself. Macbeth Is upset, he tells the doctor to do everything he can to fix it.

The doctor leaves

Scene 4

In the country near birnam forest

Enter Malcolm, Siward and young Siward, Macduff Menteith, Caithness, Angus, Lennox, Ross and soldiers.

Malcolm tells everyone to cut off a large branch and carry it before him so to confuse and make the scouts of the castle not be able to tell how many men they are. The men talk of hope for things to come.


Scene 5

Dunsinane, inside the castle

Enter Macbeth, Seyton and soldiers with drum and colors.

Macbeth calls for the banners to be hung on the castle walls.

They hear a cry and Seyton tells Macbeth that his wife is dead. Macbeth mourns her death and is interrupted by a Messenger who tells his that to his disbelief on his watch the forest started to move toward the castle. Macbeth tells him that if he is lying he will hang for it.


Scene 6

Dunsinane in front of the castle

Drum and colors enter Malcolm, Siward, Macduff, and their army

Malcolm instructs the men to drop their branches and show how many they are. Siward and Macduff bid farewell to Macbeth’s evil reign.

Scene 7

Another part of the field

Enter Macbeth

He tells himself that he will not be swayed, he will stay and fight no matter the outcome.

Enter young Siward

He asks Macbeth his name and they exchange angry words.


Alarms and Macduff enters and talks about how his dead family cries to him for vengeance, how he must kill Macbeth. Exit

Enter Malcolm and Siward

Siward shows Malcolm the way to the castle.


Scene 8

On another part of the field

Enter Macbeth and Macduff.

Macbeth taunts Macduff telling him that he will not fear any man born of a woman, to which macduff laughs, telling Macbeth that he was not born, he was taken out of his mother before it was time.

They commence fighting


Enter Malcolm, siward Ross and other thanes with their soldiers

They talk about how the battle went

Re-enter Macduff and Macbeth’s head

They all hail Scotland

Malcolm makes a speech and is crowned king!!!


William Shakespeare