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Scenes 5.1 and 5.2

Scene 5.1 - Macbeth's castle in Dunsinane
A doctor and a waiting-gentlewoman discuss the strange illness that afflicts Lady Macbeth. They have observed her moving about the castle in an oblivious trance-like state. Lady Macbeth enters in such a state. The doctor and gentlewoman stand by her and talk about her, but she doesn't notice them. She makes motions as if she were washing her hands, wailing about the blood of Duncan that she still sees on them. At times she is talking to herself, and at other times, she talks as if her husband is standing next to her; but she is always talking about a crime Macbeth and she have committed. The doctor and gentlewoman agree that this is not their business and that she is in need of a priest.


Scene 5.2 - The country near Dunsinane
Several Scottish thanes and lords meet to discuss their plan. They see that the English army headed by Malcolm and Siward march toward Birnam Wood, and they will join forces with them there. They note that Macbeth's castle at Dunsinane is well fortified but, to their advantage, by soldiers who obey Macbeth not out of love but because they feel compelled to.

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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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