Act 5 Scene Summaries


Act 5

scene one: 

This scene shows Lady Macbeth break down. A doctor and a gentle waiting lady are present with her in a room in the castle trying to figure out what is wrong with her. The waiting woman says she has not really woken. As they are observing her sleepwalking she looks as if she is washing her hands. Then she speaks but she speaks nonsense. Finally the Doctor says that the ‘condition’ she has is beyond his practice. After this Lady Macbeth starts telling them they need to go to bed.

“Yet there is a spot” 

“Out, damned spot! Out I say! – One; two; why, then’t is time to do’t – Hell is murky. … Yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him?”

“More she needs the divine than the physician…”

“To bed, to bed: there is a knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone.”


scene two:

News of Malcom and Macduff coming to defeat Macbeth has spread. Mentieth, Angus, Caithness and Lennox talk about this. They all agree that Macbeth has killed Duncan and Banquo.


scene three: 

Macbeth has taken on a new role. He is now portraying himself as confident and unworried, he believes that what the witches told him; that no man thats born of woman shall e’er have power upon him and he has nothing to worry until Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane. Macbeth’s servent comes to explain what is going on with the english army coming, but Macbeth makes fun of his enemy and says to the servent that he does not want to hear anymore. Soon after Macbeth orders in Seyton and then asks him what is going on outside.

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