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In the Middle Ages, a time when people believed in the powers of spirits and witches. powerful men aspired to become king. In the begining of this tragic story. the scottish King, Duncan, is attacked by rebels. In the raging final battle between the king and the rebels, the king’s army was commanded by his most trusted general, Macbeth. During the final battles three witches met in the highlands to see into the wyrd*...

Fair is foul, and foul is fair, Hover through the fog and filthy air!

When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightening, or in rain?

*Destiny, that which comes When the hurly-burly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won.

Upon the heath* We’ll meet Macbeth there!!!

*an open Field

A deadly battle between King Duncan’s of Scotland army and the rebels army is raging at Fife. In his camp, away from the battlefield, Duncan and his sons Malcolm and Donalbain are waiting for news of the battle...

Hail, brave sergeant! Tell the king what happened in the battle as you saw it.

Perhaps this bloody man can report to us about the revolt. At first it was doubtful who would win. Both armies were equal in strength...

Then the merciless Macdonwald added soldiers from Ireland and it seemed as if the enemy was going to win.

But Macbeth brandished his steel...

which smoked with bloody execution...

till he faced Macdonwald...

and finally fixed his head upon our castle walls!

O valiant cousin, Macbeth!

About as much as a sparrow scares an eagle! They marched ahead fearlessly to meet the new invaders!

Meanwhile, the King of Norway arrived with his army and began a fresh assault!

Didn’t this scare our captains, Macbeth and Banquo? But I am faint from my wounds, I need help...

Just then two noblemen arrived to see the King. Father, it is the worthy thane of Ross.

From Fife, great King. I have news for you.

From where do you come, worthy thane? Go get him to the surgeons, son. It seemed that we were to be defeated by King Sweno of Norway and that most disloyal traitor, the thane of Cawdor.

King Sweno is ready to sign a treaty with you and paid us ten thousand dollars.

Then Macbeth arrived with his army and victory fell on us!

I will execute the thane of Cawdor for his treason. And I will reward Macbeth for his valiant work in the battlefield.

Great happiness!

Go tell noble Macbeth he is now thane of Cawdor!

After the victorious battle, Macbeth and his general and good friend Banquo went to meet the king at his castle in Forres. The three witches had arranged to meet them in the windy and rainy night...

What are these creatures!? So withered and so wild in their clothes...? Speak if you can: what are you?

A drum, a drum! Macbeth has come.

Hail, Macbeth, thane of Cawdor!

Hail, Macbeth, thane of Glamis!

Good Macbeth, why do you fear such good things these fantastical creatures are telling you?

Hail, Macbeth, the NEXT KING OF SCOTLAND!!!

If you can see the future what do you see in it for me? I’m not afraid, tell me.

What do they mean by saying I am also the Thane of Cawdor? And king of scotland? Lesser than Macbeth and greater...

Not so happy, yet much happier...

Your sons will be kings but you will not. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!

After making their prophecies the witches vanished. Wait! I know I’m thane of Glamis, but how of Cawdor? And to be King?! Speak I command you...!

Where did they disappear?

Into thin air!!!

The king’s captains, Ross and Angus approached Macbeth and Banquo as they prepared to leave.

The King happily received your good news of battle won. He has rewarded you with the new title of thane of Cawdor.

The thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you give me his title?

What, can the devil speak true?!

At this news Macbeth took Banquo to one side. What do you make of this? Do you now hope your children will become kings? The witches words are coming true!!!

He is to be executed for his treason. You are the new thane of Cawdor now.

Is it not strong how the instruments of darkness sometimes tell us the truth about trifles only to betray us to do evil things of deepest consequence?

Two of their predictions have already come true! This is a good thing. But when I think about the other prediction of becoming King of Scotland, I find myself thinking the most awful thoughts of murder and this brings great fear to my heart.

If so, dear Macbeth, this may make you wish for the crown... Banquo, think about what the witches told us. We’ll talk about it again later. Gladly.

Now, let’s go meet the King. Inside Duncan’s castle, Malcolm brought news to his father. Has the rebel Cawdor been executed yet?

Shortly after, Macbeth and his men reached the king’s castle and were immediately taken to meet the king.

Welcome cousin! I owe you more than I can ever repay. And you noble Banquo.

Yes, he died confessing his treason against you, father.

I’m overjoyed to have my closest men around me. Today I give the title of Prince of Cumberland to my eldest son, Malcolm.

And now, Macbeth, let’s go to your castle in Inverness* and celebrate!

As Macbeth prepared to leave for his castle in Inverness, dark, evil thoughts crossed his mind again.

I must think about Duncan’s son Malcolm, he is Prince now and stands in my way in becoming king of Scotland

I must either step over him or give up.

Let not light see my black and deep desires.

Stars, hide your fires; Lady Macbeth sat reading a letter alone at Inverness castle.

I’ll go ahead and let my wife know to expect you, my lord.

Macbeth writes: Rejoice with me my dear and lay this next to your heart. The witches predicted I would be Thane of Cawdor and I became that

Glamis and Cawodor you are, husband, and shall be what is promised! Yet I fear your nature: it is too full of the milk of human kindness, To catch what is nearest to you.

They also called him King of Scotland!?

Desire and amibition you have: but lack the illness necessary for foul play. come home soon so I may pour my spirts in your ear, so you will fulfil fate and prophesy.

Her servant entered the chamber with news.

The King comes here tonight!

Are you mad! Macbeth is with the king. He would have told me if they were coming.

It is true, a messenger just arrived with the news. Our thane is coming, followed shortly by King Duncan, my lady.

So...the messenger rushes to announce King Duncan’s entrance into my castle, where he will surely die! I must be strong.

Come, you spirits that tend on moral thoughts! Unsex me! Fill me crown top-full with direst cruelty. Make my blood thick! Block the passage to remorse!

Come, thick night, and cover the world in thickest smoke of hell, so that my sharp knife can’t see the wound it cuts...

and heaven can’t peep through the blanket of dark to cry “No, stop!” I must stay strong, nothing must stop my evil plan...

Fill my woman’s breasts with gall instead of milk, You ministers of murder! Macbeth entered his wife’s room as soon as he reached Inverness castle. Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor! You’ll soon be greater than both, your letters have transported me beyond all reason!

My dearest love, Duncan comes here tonight!

And when does he leave?


Then he shall never see tomorrow. Prepare to meet the king with a welcoming smile, let me handle tonight’s business... it will change our lives forever!

Murder our King?!

We’ll speak about this later. A little later that night, King Duncan arrived with his men at Inverness Castle. Such a fine castle. The air is sweet and gentle.

The summer birds have made their nests here in the castle walls. It is indeed a most pleasant place!

You must look relaxed, otherwise you will arouse suspicion. Leave all the rest to me.

Lady Macbeth came out to greet them. Here is our honoured hostess! But where is the thane of Cawdor?

Fair and noble, hostess. Give me your hand. Bring me to my host, Macbeth. We love him dearly.

We are all your servants, your highness. Everything we own is yours. A great feast was laid out for King Duncan and his men at Macbeth’s castle. But Macbeth’s thoughts about the murder he was to commit that night troubled him and he left the feast early.

Lady Macbeth, worried her husband would change his mind, followed him outside. We will not go on with our plan of murder. The king has just honoured me.

Please, STOP! I dare only do what is proper for a man to do.

When you dared to do it, that’s when you were a man!

We, fail? Not if you screw your courage to the sticking-place.

Have you now turned coward, saying, ‘I dare not’ after saying ‘I want to’? Are you to be as weak in this as you are in our bed?

Hey! Stop!!! I dare do all that may become a man...

What if we should fail?

While uncan is asleep I’ll put drugs in his guard’s ale so they’ll get so drunk that they’ll sleep like swines

Then you can stab the king in his sleep and lay the bloody knives and the blame on the drunken servants.

It’s settled. Away, false face must hide what the false heart doth know.*

Alone, Macbeth waited for Lady Macbeth’s signal to enter King Duncan’s quarters.

In a bright flash, a ghostly dagger appeared before Macbeth.

Is this a dagger which I see before me? He tried to grab it but failed to touch it.

I don’t have you and yet I see you... fatal vision!

Are you a dagger of my mind only?!

The handle points at me, come, let me hold you!!!

Just then a bell rang. The signal from Lady Macbeth that all was ready.

The bell inviting me to a murder! Don’t listen to it Duncan. It summons you to heaven or to hell!!! Lady Macbeth anxiously waited outside King Duncan’s chambers. Macbeth rushed out carrying daggers dripping with blood.

My husband! I have done the deed*, Duncan is dead!

Only the screech of an owl.

Did you hear a noise?

Listen! Who sleeps in the second room?

As I stabbed Duncan, a voice cried out, ‘Glamis has murdered Macbeth shall sleep no more!’

Donalbain, the king’s son.

This is a sorry sight.

Don’t think in this cowardly way. Take the bloody daggers back to the room and smear the sleeping guards with the blood...

Macbeth stared at his bloody hands in a shameful daze.

Whose hands are these? Will it take Neptune’s* ocean to wash this blood clean from my hands?

No, I can’t go back and look at Coward! Give me the daggers. it again. I’m afraid to think of The dead cannot hurt you. what I have done!!! I’ll paint the guards’ faces with Duncan’s blood, make them look guilty.

When Lady Macbeth returned her hands were as red with blood as her husband’s.

My hands are as bloody as yours, let us go to our chambers and wash our foul deed away.

Macduff and Lennox knocked on the castle gate to be let in. The porter eventually opened the door in a drowsy state. We were drinking till two We’ve been in the morning, knocking for ages! sirs... Did you go to bed late?

Knocking was heard at the south entrance of the castle. Listen, someone comes! Get on your nightgown quickly in case someone comes to call on you!

I’d rather be asleep than awake dwelling on the deed just done. Macbeth came to greet Macduff at the castle entrance. Our knocking woke him. Here he comes.

Good morrow, noble sir.

The king asked me to wake him early. I must go to him.

Good morning, gentlemen.

That’s his door. I’ll take you to him.

Does the kingleave today?

No! I’ll wake him; it’s my job. Last night was terrible. The wind howled...cries of grief were heard in the air...strange screams of death...night birds screeched all night...

Macduff came running out. A look of terror on his face.

It was a rough night.

What’s the matter?

O horror, horror, horror! I can hardly speak. It’s beyond belief!!! What are you talking about?

Murder! Life has gone from this building! Just then Banquo arrived.

What! In our house?

He does.

O Banquo, Banquo, our royal master’s been murdered!

Do you mean the king?

Come look at the horror for yourself...

Macduff’s loud shouts woke everyone in the castle. Lady Macbeth entered the King’s chambers still wearing her night dress.

This news is not fit for your ears, gentle lady...

Malcolm and Donalbain, the king’s sons arrived on the scene. What’s wrong?

Your royal father’s been murdered!

Oh! By whom?!

It seems that his guards had done it. Their hands and faces were covered with blood and so were their daggers, found lying by their pillows.

In fury I slayed the King’s murderers...

I acted without thinking... My voilent love outran reason

In order to help her husband from more questioning, Lady Macbeth stepped in. Help me, please!

Take care of the lady.

A few hours later Ross and Macduff spoke of King Duncan’s death.

Are you going to scone

No, but his sons have fled, which puts suspicion on them.

That makes no sense, for a son to kill his father who supported him. Now Macbeth will become king! After being crowned King of Scotland, Macbeth arranged a great feast for all his lords.

Lets not stay here with them. Its not safe. I’ll go to england.

I’ll go to ireland. We’ll be safer if we stay apart. There’s daggers in men’s smiles.

Why did you kill the guards, Macbeth?

Do we know any more about this bloody deed?

The murdered king’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain discuss their future.

He has already left for Scone* to be crowned king... Macbeth you are everything the witches predicted – king, Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis. Yet I fear you played most foully for it. Maybe what they said about me will come true too.

No, I’m going to Fife,

I’ll go to scone and see him crowned, farewell.

Adieu, let’s hope things get better.

Banquo, tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir. And you are our chief guest.

Whatever your highness wishes. I go riding this afternoon with my son Fleance but will be back in time for the feast. Until then, God be with you! Alone in his room, Macbeth worried about Banquo.

I’m not truly safe as king with Banquo around. The witches called him father to a line of kings. For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered? to make the seed of Banquo kings! I cannot let that happen.

Macbeth called two murderers before him. I want Banquo and his son Fleance murdered, but it cannot be known it was I who ordered it because we are friends. That’s why I need your help.

We shall, my lord, perform what you command us.

I’ll call for you soon. Wait inside the castle.

Alone once again in his chambers Macbeth dwells on Banquo’s fate. Banquo, if your soul is to make it to heaven, then it must do so tonight!

What are you going to do?

Lady Macbeth came to talk to her husband. My lord! Why do you sit here alone? What’s done is done.

Don’t ask me now. When it is done I’ll tell you.

It is not yet over. We have scorched the snake, not killed it. That evening, the two murderers waited in the shadows for Banquo and his son. They were joined by a third man sent by Macbeth. I see a light!

The murderers came out of hiding and attacked quickly. O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!!!

‘Tis he, Banquo!

Some day you can get revenge O savages!

Who put out the light? The son has fled! By failing to kill the boy, We have lost half the mission

Well, let’s go and tell Macbeth what we have accomplished.

I will walk around and mingle with you all. The queen will remain in her royal chair and join us later.

Meanwhile, back at the castle, the feast had begun. All the lords had gathered before their new king. Please sit down, a hearty welcome.

Macbeth saw one of the killers by the doorway. He called him over.

Thanks to your majesty.

There’s blood on your face!

It’s Banquo’s. My lord, his throat is cut...

You are the best of cutthroats! And you did the same to Fleance?

Most royal sir, Fleance escaped.

Now I’m afraid again. But Banquo’s taken care off?

Thanks for that. The old serpent lies dead. But the son has fled. We’ll talk again tomorrow.

Yes, my lord. Dead in a ditch with twenty gashes on his head! My royal lord, you are not welcoming your guests. Please give them your company!

Macbeth raised a glass to toast his guests. Good appetite and good health to you!

Lennox pulled out an empty chair for Macbeth at the table.

Please you highness, have a seat.

All the nobility of Scotland have gathered here except for Banquo, who is late. He has broken his promise. Please, your highness, grace us with your royal company?

The table’s full.

What, my good lord?

Here’s an empty seat, sir. Where?!

The ghost of Banquo entered and sat in Macbeth’s chair.

Which of you have done this!!! You can’t say I did it. Don’t shake your gory locks* at me!

Then she whispered in Macbeth’s ear.

Hearing her husband’s screams,Lady Macbeth came down to the lords’ table.

Are you a man?

Sit, worthy friends. It is a momentary fit. If you pay attention to him you shall offend him.

O nonsense! This is just like the dagger you saw, floating in front of you, before you murdered Duncan. Shame on you!

Yes, a bold one that dares look on something that would frighten the devil Why do you make such faces? When the vision passes, you’ll see it is only a stool!

The ghost Macbeth saw, then vanished. there! Behold! Look! Look! If you can nod, speak too!

Have you totally lost control?

As I stand here, I saw him!

Nonsense! My worthy lord. Your noble friends miss your company.

Don’t be alarmed, my most worthy friends. I have a strange illness which is nothing to those that know me. Come, love and health to all. Give me some wine.

Let’s drink to everyone here, and to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss; Would he were here! To all and him we drink. Cheers!!!

I forgot about them. the ghost of Banquo was supposed to look blue and ghostly as in previous frames but he still looks normal...? Go! Get out of my sight! Stay in your grave!

Good peers*, pay no attention. I’m sorry it spoils our evening tonight...

The ghost vanished again... Away, horrible ghost. Hallucinations leave me alone!

Look it’s gone! I am a man again. Please remain seated.

He grows worse and worse. Go at once, gentlemen. A kind good night to all!

Alone with his wife Macbeth stared at his hands.

Blood will have blood*... What do you think about Macduff refusing to see us?

I have servants paid as spies except in his household. I will send for him tomorrow and go see the witches too.

You should sleep.

Did you send for him, sir? Come, we’ll sleep. We are still beginners when it comes to murder! There Macbeth will come to know his All you have destiny. I have a lot to do. Upon the done is make a corner of the moon, there hangs a spiteful and wrathful man vaporous droplet of importance. create havoc to please himself. I’ll catch it before it falls. When Get you gone, and meet me at distilled by magic spells it will the pit of Acheron** trick Macbeth with illusions. in the morning.

That night, with thunder and lightning in the air, the three witches met their leader, Hecate Why, Hecate! You look angry.

Have I not reason? You saucy, hags! How dare you trade and traffic with Macbeth without calling on me, the mistress of your charms?! The following morning, Lennox and another lord sat talking about the fate of Scotland. Macduff is in disgrace because he failed to come to the feast last night. Do you know where he is?

He is with King Edward of England, as is Prince Malcolm. They are treated very well there.

Macduff has gone to ask Edward for aid of lord Siward of Northumberland’s men. Macbeth has heard this news and is so angry he is preparing for war.

Did Macbeth ask Macduff to return to Scotland? Yes, but Macduff refused!!!

Some holy angel should fly to the court of England and unfold his message that our country is suffering under a tyrant!

Well done! And now about Macbeth entered the cave. Meanwhile, in a cavern the three witches the cauldron sing, Something wicked comes prepared potions for Macbeth over a boiling cauldron. enchanting all that this way, open, locks, Double, double toil and trouble, you put in. whoever knocks. Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

What’s going on, you secret, black, and midnight hags? Tell me what I want to know.

No one born from a woman shall harm Macbeth

Macbeth! Beware Macduff. Beware the thane of Fife!

Macbeth shall never die until Great Birnam Wood marches to Dunsinane Hill to defeat him.

That will never happen. But my heart longs to know one thing. Will Banquo’s sons ever reign in this kingdom?

You are just like the ghost of Banquo! Down! Your crown sears my eyeballs!!! The third king looks just like the former. Filthy whores! Why do you show me this? Banquo smiles at me and points at them Showing me that they are his... What, is this true?

Yes, it’s true. Come sisters, let’s cheer him up with some dance and music and then be on our way.

As the witches disappeared, Macbeth shouted for Lennox. Let this hour be cursed forever in the calendar. You outside, come in. Yes, your grace?

Did you see the No, my lord. But some messengers bring word that Macduff has weird sisters? fled to England!

I must act quickly from now on. I’ll seize Macduff’s castle and raid Fife

Fled to England?

His wife, babies and all related to him shall be murdered.

Yes, my good lord. But no more visions!

Come, bring me these messengers.

At Fife castle, alone and afraid, Lady Macduff and her son confided in Ross. What has my hushand done, to flee Scotland?

Wisdom! To leave his wife, his babes, his mansion; leave us here all alone!

You must be patient, madam. You don’t know whether it was wisdom or fear that made him leave.

Your father’s dead. How will you live?

My father is not dead, no matter what you say.

Dearest coz, I beg you, pull yourself together. Your husband is noble and wise. I have to leave but I will be back soon.

Moments later, a messenger arrived to warn Lady Macduff.

As she spoke some murderers entered the room.

Hearing that, the murderer stabbed Macduff’s son.

Bless you, fair lady! Danger approaches you. Take your children and leave immediately.

Where is your husband? He’s a traitor.

You young son of a traitor!

Where should I go? I haven’t done anything wrong!

He has killed me mother, run away, I beg you!

You’re lying, you shaggy-haired villain!

Away in England, Macduff tries to convince Malcolm to join him in his fight against Macbeth. How could you leave your wife and child, the most precious things in your life behind?

Don’t be offended, I don’t completely distrust you. But if I were to become king, Scotland would suffer far greater than under Macbeth.

Not even in hell could you find a devil worse than Macbeth.

Bleed, bleed, poor country! I’m not the tyrant you think I am.

I admit he is blood thirsty, greedy, deceitful, malicious...but I am a womaniser. All the wives, daughters and maidens in Scotland could not satisfy my needs!

That has caused the fall of many kings, but you can’t let that stop you from taking a crown that belongs to you. There are plenty of women willing to dedicate themselves to you.

Also I’m very greedy. I’d cut off the nobles from their lands, take their jewels and houses.

This is worse than the lust you speak of, but there is enough riches in Scotland to satisfy you, from the royal treasures. All this is outweighed by your other good graces.

Fit to be king?! You’re not fit to live!!! O Scotland, Scotland! You’re hope ends here!

Macduff, your noble passion has shown me your truth and honor. I was testing your loyalty... Just then Ross joined them in the gardens.

Gentle cousin, welcome to England. How are things in Scotland?

Everything I just told you are not in my character!

But I have none! Justice, truth, stableness, mercy, devotion, courage. I have no desire for them instead if I had power, I would pour the sweet milk of concord* into hell

I’m a virgin. I don’t care for possessions, never broken a promise, would not betray the devil to his fellow and delight in truth as much as life.

I have already organised lord Siward with ten thousand soldiers. Now, Macduff, we’ll fight Macbeth together!

I am ready to serve you and our poor country. Alas, our poor country! It cannot be called our mother, but our grave.

Some comfort then, we are coming with Siward and ten thousand of King Edward’s soldiers.

I wish I had comforting news for you macduff...

...but I have words that should be howl’d out in the desert air, where no one could hear them.

Your castle was attacked, your wife and babies savagely slaughtered.

Merciful heaven! What, man!

Hum! I can guess at it. My children too?

I shall dispute this like a man, but I will also feel it as a man. Oh sinnerman! Let my grief convert to anger!

Gentle heavens, bring me face to face with this friend of Scotland and myself, and put him with reach of my sword!

Wife, children, servants, all that could be found. Back in Scotland, Lady Macbeth’s lady-in-waiting, worried about her mistress, called for her doctor.

Just then lLady macbeth appeared with a candle.

Ever since his majesty left for war, she rises from her bed, unlocks her closet, takes out some paper, writes on it, reads it seals it and then returns to bed, while asleep the whole time.

Yet here’s a spot

That is most unnatural. They watched Lady Macbeth rub her hands together as if washing them. Out, damned spot! Out, I say! What need we fear, when none can prove our guilt?

Yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him.* You see her eyes are open.

Yes, but they see nothing.

The thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now? What, will these hands never be clean?

You have heard something you should not have.

Heaven knows what she has known.

Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown. Look not so pale. I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out of his grave!

Here’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!

To bed, to bed. There’s knocking at the gate. Come, come, come. Give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.

This disease is beyond my practice. Will she go to bed now?

Yes, good night, good doctor. Macbeth and his lady isolated themselves in their castle and years went by....

But, While they lived of their infected imaginations, the nobel men gathered strength.

Finally, Lennox and other nobelmen gathered their strongmen and arms to attack and overthrow Macbeth.

The English power is near, led on by Malcolm, his uncle Siward and the good Macduff.

What is the tyrant Macbeth up to?

He’s fortified his castle at Dunsinane. Some say he’s mad.

He feels the blood of his murdered enemies sticking on his hands. His soldiers are only following his commands, they no longer feel any love for him.

We’ll meet them as they near Birnam Wood.

Well, march on, and give our loyalty to someone who deserves it.

Yes, let us water the sovereign flower and drown the weeds. Come, march towards Birnam!

Back at Dunsinane castle, Macbeth was seated on his throne, surrounded by the doctor and some attendants.

A servant entered with news for the king. There are ten thousand Geese, idiot?

I don’t care if all desert me. Till Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane I am safe. What’s the boy Malcolm? Was he not born of woman?

“Fear not Macbeth. No man that’s born of woman shall ever have power over you”. The spirits have told me this

Bring some colour to your face, you lily-livered boy. Your pale face will frighten my men! What soldiers, pasty-face?

Get out of my sight!

Soldiers, sir. I must get ready...

This battle will either secure my kingdom forever or throw me off my throne.

The English army, sir. I’ll fight until my flesh is hacked off my bones. Give me my armour.

You don’t need it yet, sir.

I’ll put it on. Send out more cavalry. Cure her of that, can’t you? Take away her memory of sorrow. Erase her troubled thoughts.

Only the patient can do that.

How is my wife, doctor?

Not so sick, my lord, but troubled with visions that stop her from sleeping.

Well try to cure her doctor. I will not be afraid of death What drug would rid the until Birnam forest comes English from this to Dunsinane. country?

Your preparations for war sound good.

I wish I were far away from Dunsinane. No amount of money would bring me back here.

A short while later, the English army, led by Siward, Malcolm and Mcduff met Lennox, Ross and the other Scottish noblemen.

What wood is this before us?

The wood of Birnam.

Cousins, I hope the days are close, when people will be safe in their own homes again.

We don’t doubt it. Let every soldier cut down a branch and hold it in front of him. That way we can hide how many of us there are and confuse Macbeth as to our real numbers.

The confidant tyrant still remains at Dunsinane castle.

It shall be done

He wants us to lay siege of the castle. Wherever his soldiers have had an opportunity to revolt against him they have.

Yes, we are ready to advance to Dunsinane! Let’s go fight like industrious soldiers.

Hang out our banners on the outward walls. Our castle’s strength will laugh off their siege. They can sit out there until they die of famine and disease!

At Dunsinane castle, Macbeth still thought he was safe from attack against Malcolm and the English army.

Just then there came a sound from within the castle of women crying.

She would have died soon enough. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps slowly along, day to day, all the way to dusty death.

What was that cry for?

Life’s but a walking shadow. A poor player on the stage. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The queen, my lord, is dead.

A messenger rushed in...

What? Speak quickly!

As I stood watch upon the hill, I looked toward Birnam, and I thought I saw the wood begin to move!

Liar! and slave!

Punish me if it is not true. You can see it coming three miles from here, this moving forest.

If you’re lying I’ll hang you from the nearest tree! If you speak the truth you can do the same to me!

“Fear not, till Birnam wood comes to Dinsinane”; and now a wood it comes toward Dunsinane!

Macbeth remembered the witches prediction.

I’m beginning to doubt the words the wicked sisters told me, and their predictions which I took for truths...

Ring the alarm bell! Arm, arm, and out! Blow, wind! Come, wrack*! At least we’ll die with harness** on our back.

As Malcolm approached Dunsinane castle, he instructed his men.

We are close enough now. Throw down your branches and show yourselves. You, Uncle Siward, with your noble son shall lead the battle.

Good luck.

Macduff, we shall do the rest according to our battle plan.

Blow all our trumpets loud. The harbingers*** of blood and death!!!

Hearing the trumpets Macbeth was forced to lead his small remaining army into battle.

Soon, Macbeth found himself alone, deserted by his followers in the forest.

What is your name?

I cannot run away. I must fight the course. Where’s the man who was not born of woman? He’s the only one I fear, nobody else. The devil himself couldn’t say a more hateful name...

You lie, abhorred* tyrant! I’ll prove you’re a liar with my sword.

No! Nor more fearful! As the battle progressed, Macduff searched throughout the forest for Macbeth.

Tyrant, show your face!

You’ll be afraid to hear it, my name’s Macbeth! Swords don’t frighten me.

I smile upon weapons used by any man who was born from a woman. If you were killed by someone else, my wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me forever. I’ll either fight you, Macbeth, or put down my sword unused. Let me find him, Fortune, I beg of you!

The English army gathered outside Dunsinane castle gates. This way, my lord. The castle is ours without a fight!

Yes, most of his troops have joined us.

Sir, enter the castle. Why should I commit suicide like an ancient Roman fool! As long as I live, my sword shall wound others rather than myself.

My voice is my sword. You are too evil for words!

I lead a charmed life, which cannot be ended by anyone born from a woman.

Just then Macduff came across Macbeth.

Turn, hellhound, turn!

I have avoided you. Get back. My soul is filled with killing your whole family already!

You waste your time trying to fight me. You may as well stab the air with your sword...

Forget about your charmed life. The doctor cut me* from my mother’s womb before she could bear me naturally!

Then surrender, coward, and we’ll put you in a freak show with a sign “here you may see the tyrant”.

Curse you for telling me this, for now I have lost my courage! I will not fight you! I won’t believe those evil witches anymore...

I will not surrender and have to kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet! So let’s fight, Macduff, and damned be him that first cries,“Hold, enough!”

Back at Dunsinane castle Malcolm regrouped with his army.

Macduff is missing, and your noble son.

He is dead?

I wish all my men had survived the battle.

Judging by the men around us, our victory didn’t cost us much. Macduff approached the castle gates carrying Macbeth’s head.

Hail, king! Behold, I have Macbeth’s cursed head. We are finally free from his tyranny. Hail, King of Scotland!

Well then, he’s God’s soldier now...

Here comes better news.

All the thanes of Scotland joined in to pronounce Malcolm as their new King.

My thanes and noblemen, I thank you all. I name you all earls, the first earls that Scotland has ever had. I invite you all to come watch me be crowned king of Scotland at Scone. Hail Malcolm, King of Scotland! Hail, King of Scotland!

Hail, King of Scotland!


Macbeth, or the Scottish play as it is also called, is set in Scotland in medival times when strong men and clans fought for power. In those...