13th April 2017

MACBETH Summary Act 5

Act 5, Scene 1 Summary,
Characters: Doctor, Gentlewoman, Lady Macbeth
Location: Dunsinane
Time: Night
Events: Gentlewoman reports Lady Macbeth sleepwalking and talking to a doctor, Lady Macbeth won’t sleep in the dark anymore, Lady Macbeth sleepwalks past them, Lady Macbeth thinks she is washing blood off her hands and talks of the murders, Doctor leaves frightened at what he’s heard,
Quote: ‘Foul whisp’rings are abroad. Unnatural deeds Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets. More needs she the divine than the physician.- God, God forgive us all! Look after her; Remove from her the means of all annoyance, And yet still keep eyes upon her. – So, goodnight: My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight. I think, but dare not speak.’ -Doctor

Act 5, Scene 2 Summary,
Characters: Menteth, Cathness, Angus, Lenox, Soldiers
Location: Country near Dunsinane
Events: Scottish army against Macbeth is heading to Dunsinane, Thanes discuss Macbeth and how he is mad but some say he has valiant fury, The Scottish army are marching towards the English army.
Quote: ‘To give obedience where ‘t is truly owed: Meet we the medicine of the sickly weal; And with him pour we, in our country’s purge, Each drop of us.’-Cathness

Act 5, Scene 3 Summary,
Characters: Macbeth, Doctor, Attendants, Seyton
Location: Dunsinane Castle
Time: Unknown
Events: Macbeth is angry, trying to convince himself the witches’ prophecy will be true (Cannot die of one born of a woman), Macbeth insults the servant, servant tells him the English army is at his door, The doctor tells Macbeth that Lady Macbeth is sick in the head a.k.a she’s going crazy, Macbeth tries to get into his armour, the doctor wishes he were away from the castle.
Quote: ‘The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon! Where gott’st thou the goose look?’-Macbeth

Act 5, Scene 4 Summary,
Characters: Malcolm, Old Siward and Son, Macduff, Menteth, Cathness, Angus, Lenox, Rosse, Soldiers
Location: Countryside near Dunsinane (Birman Wood)
Time: Unknown
Events: Every soldier must cut down a branch of a tree to conceal how many people there are, It has been reported many people have deserted Macbeth.
Quote: ‘Let every soldier hew him down a bough, And bear’t before him: thereby shall we shadow The numbers of our host, and make discovery Err in report of us.’-Malcolm

Act 5, Scene 5 Summary,
Characters: Macbeth, Seyton, Soldiers/Messenger
Location: Dunsinane
Time: Unknown
Events: Macbeth says that is castle is enough to make them leave, he hears woman crying, Lady Macbeth has dies and Macbeth believes his life is worthless, A messenger tells Macbeth he saw the forest move, Macbeth wonders whether or not the witches had deceived him, Macbeth is determine to fight until his last breath.
Quote: ‘She should have died hereafter. There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.’-Macbeth

Act 5, Scene 6 Summary,
Characters: Malcolm, Old Siward, Macduff, Army
Location: A plain before the castle
Time: Unknown
Events: Malcolm gives commands about the attack.
Quote: ‘Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath, Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death’ -Macduff

Act 5, Scene 7 Summary,
Characters: Macbeth, Young Siward, Malcolm
Location: Another section of Plain
Time: Unknown
Events: Macbeth meets young Siward, Macbeth kills him, Macduff enters looking for Macbeth so he can get revenge for the murder of his family, Malcolm and Old Siward go to Macbeth’s castle.
Quote: ‘They have tied me to a stake: I cannot fly, But bear-like, I must fight the course. – What’s he That was not born of a woman? Such a one Am I to fear, or none.’-Macbeth

Act 5, Scene 8 Summary,
Characters: Macbeth, Macduff
Location: Another part of the field
Time: Unknown
Events: Macbeth faces Macduff, They fight, Macbeth says that he won’t die because he was born of a woman, Macduff tells him that he was born via a C-Section, Macbeth refuses to fight, Macbeth doesn’t want to yield to Malcolm so he is killed.
Quote: ‘Why should I play the Roman fool, and die On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes Do better upon them.’

Act 5, Scene 9 Summary,
Characters: Malcolm, Old Siward, Rosse, Thanes, Soldiers, Macduff
Location: Within the castle
Time: Unknown
Events: Rosse speaks to Old Siward to say that his son has died, Old Siward is proud of his son, Macduff comes in with Macbeth’s head, Malcolm tells the thanes that were loyal to him that they can become earls and Malcolm is the king.
Quote: ‘He’s worth no more; They say he parted well, and paid his score: And so, God be with him1 – Here comes newer comfort.’-Old Siward

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