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People performing Macbeth have always referred to it as "the Scottish play" because of the superstition surrounding this play. People have died, been injured, and acting careers terminated as a result of performing this play. Therefore, saying the very title of the play aloud is understood to be a curse and must be avoided by using this polite pseudonym.

Not all of Macbeth was written by Shakespeare. All of Scene 3.5 and parts of Scene 4.1, the scenes involving the witch goddess Hecate, seem to have been added at a later date. Some of the songs were taken from Thomas Middleton's play The Witch. Whether Shakespeare approved these additions and interpolations is not known. Scene 3.5, however, is almost always cut from modern productions of Macbeth.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Scenes 1.1 and 1.2
Scene 1.3 - An open place
Scenes 1.4 and 1.5
Scenes 1.6 and 1.7
Scenes 2.1 and 2.2
Scene 2.3 and 2.4
Scene 3.1
Scenes 3.2 and 3.3
Scene 3.4
Scenes 3.5 and 3.6
Scene 4.1
Scene 4.2
Scene 4.3
Scenes 5.1 and 5.2
Scenes 5.3 and 5.4
Scenes 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, and 5.8
Scenes 5.9, 5.10, and 5.11


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