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Scenes 1.1 and 1.2

Scene 1.1 - An open place
The three witches meet to plan the time and place of their encounter with Macbeth - after the battle, upon the heath.

Scene 1.2 - A camp near the battlefield
Scotland is in the midst of a war against several neighboring lands - Ireland, Hebrides, and Norway - with the assistance of a couple Scottish turncoats - Macdonwald and the Thane of Cawdor (a thane is a title equivalent to an English earl). A bloody captain and the Thane of Ross enter in turn to report to King Duncan of Scotland the outcome of the battles. In each battle, the opposing forces seemed to outnumber the Scottish, but Macbeth nearly single-handedly turns the tide in every case. Scotland wins the war: Macdonwald is killed in battle, the Thane of Cawdor is captured, and the opposing forces are driven off or killed. King Duncan instructs Ross to award Macbeth the title of the Thane of Cawdor.

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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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