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Scenes 1.4 and 1.5

Scene 1.4 - A camp near the battlefield
Malcolm, the king's son, reports that the former Thane of Cawdor begged for forgiveness before he was executed. Duncan instructs his son never to trust a traitor. The moment Macbeth and Banquo enter, Duncan lavishes praise and gratitude to his two heroic captains. Macbeth says that he was only doing his duty, which he was more than happy to perform. Duncan then announces his intention to hand down the crown to his son, Malcolm. Macbeth, who half expected to hear his name when Duncan announced his heir, realizes that he must hide his contempt of Malcolm to avoid any suspicion that he desires the crown for himself. They all prepare to go to Macbeth's castle at Inverness to celebrate.


Scene 1.5 - Inverness, Macbeth's castle
Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband describing the astonishing events that have come about recently and delivering the news of their impending ascension to royalty. She worries that Macbeth is too kind and honorable to seek the quickest way to gain the crown, which is to murder Duncan, and she hopes to convince Macbeth towards the deed. A servant enters to tell her that Duncan is coming tonight. Upon hearing of this opportunity for immediate action, Lady Macbeth commands the deadly spirits to "unsex" her - that is, to drive out all that is weak or "womanish" in her body - and to make her feel no remorse or guilt over a deed with a reward so great. When Macbeth alone enters, she quickly informs him that she will come up with a plan to murder Duncan tonight, but until then, they must play the part of kind hosts.

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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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