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Scenes 5.9, 5.10, and 5.11

Scene 5.9 - Before Macbeth's castle
Malcolm and Siward prepare to take the castle. Malcolm claims that Macbeth's soldiers deliberately missed with their swords because they wanted to lose their lives rather than keep Macbeth in power.

Scene 5.10 - Scene continues
Macbeth knows that he is losing the battle, but he declares that he will never surrender so long as he can kill more. Then Macduff enters with sword drawn. They fight, and Macbeth appears to be winning. He taunts Macduff by saying that no one can touch him that is of woman born. Macduff retorts that those words will not keep him back because when he was born, he was ripped from his mother's womb early instead of being born naturally. Again, Macbeth realizes that he has been tricked by the way the witches phrased their predictions. He offers to surrender to Macduff. Macduff tells him that surrender would mean yielding to Malcolm and being humiliated as a carnival act that people would point and laugh at. Macbeth refuses to accept those terms and so challenges Macduff to fight to the death, no matter what the witches have predicted. Macduff slays Macbeth and exits with the body.

Scene 5.11 - Within the castle
It is clear that Malcolm and Siward have won the day. Now they are left with taking tally of their losses. Ross informs Siward that they found his son slain. The only matter of importance to Siward is whether he received his wounds on the front of his body because that would mean that he faced his opponent like a man rather than running away like a coward. Macduff enters with Macbeth's head on a pike to show Malcolm that he is now King of Scotland. All hail Malcolm as the king. Malcolm accepts the title, and in gratitude to the English army that freed them from Macbeth's tyranny, Malcolm changes the title of "thane" to "earl." In time, Malcolm announces that he will reward everyone for their loyalty and call back his kinsmen who fled Scotland while Macbeth ruled. He invites everyone to his coronation at Scone.

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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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