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Macbeth

William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in
Stratford-on-Avon, England, the third child of John Shakespeare,
a well-to-do merchant, and Mary Arden, his wife. Young William
probably attended the Stratford grammar school, where he
learned English, Greek, and a great deal of Latin. Historians
arent sure of the exact date of Shakespeares birth.

In 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. By 1583


the couple had a daughter, Susanna, and two years later the
twins, Hamnet and Judith. Somewhere between 1585 and
1592 Shakespeare went to London, where he became first an
actor and then a playwright. His acting company, The Kings
Men, appeared most often in the Globe theater, a part of which
Shakespeare himself owned.

In all, Shakespeare is believed to have written thirty-seven


plays, several nondramatic poems, and a number of sonnets.
In 1611 when he left the active life of the theater, he returned
to Stratford and became a country gentleman, living in the
second-largest house in town. For five years he lived a quiet
life. Then, on April 23, 1616, William Shakespeare died and
was buried in Trinity Church in Stratford. From his own time
to the present, Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest
writers of the English-speaking world.


William Shakespeare

Macbeth

Banquo

3 witches

Macduff

macbeth

Duncan Lady Macbeth


mACBETH 

When shall we
When the fighting Then we will meet
meet again?
is over. with Macbeth.

In a lonely spot in Scotland, three witches met to make their


evil plans. Around their cauldron,* they spoke of going to see
Macbeth, a great general** who was at that moment fighting in a
war against Norway.

* a large kettle
** an army officer of the highest rank
10

It is hard to believe that some


people would turn against
Many miles away, king
their own king!
Duncan of Scotland
was in an army camp.

Good king Duncan was joined Also at the kings side was a
by his two sons, Malcolm and nobleman* named Lennox and many
Donalbain. royal attendants.**

* a man of high rank, often an advisor to the king


** members of a kings court
mACBETH 11

A bleeding man was brought to Tell my father about

him from the field of Battle. the battle, friend!

This is the sergeant* who fought


to keep me from being captured.**

For a long time it


seemed that the enemy Neither army could win against
and the kings forces the other.
were equally matched.

* an officer
** taken away by the enemy
12

Macdonwald, who led the enemy, added


some Irish foot soldiers to his forces.

It seemed that the


enemy might now
begin to win over
the army headed
by Macbeth and
Banquo.

But brave Macbeth charged* and killed everyone in his path.

* went forward into battle


mACBETH 13

Raising his sword high in the air,


As he fought, Macbeth finally
Macbeth brought it down on the
came upon Macdonwald.
rebels* chest.

Then he chopped off Macdon- Without a leader, the rebels


walds head. retreated.** Macbeth had won the
battle!

* a person who fights against the leaders of his own country


** moved back or away
14

Then he went to a
nearby castle to
rest. While there,
he put Macdon-
walds head on
the castle wall to
strike fear into
the rebels hearts.

Meanwhile, king Sweno of Norway arrived with more soldiers.

General Macbeth and


Banquo marched ahead
of their army to meet
the new charge.
mACBETH 15

But the brave sergeant could not Your wounds* must be looked

finish his story. after. My men will take you to


the doctor.

Forgive me, King


Duncan, but I fear
I will faint. I can
talk no more.

Where have you From the fighting near


Just then two
come from? Fife. Many men were sent
noblemen, Ross
against Macbeth and his
and Angus,
army by king Sweno.
arrived. King
Duncan was
eager** to hear
what news they
brought.

* injuries, cuts and gashes received while fighting


** anxious, looking forward to
16

King Sweno was helped by the


Again it seemed as if we
Thane of Cawdor.* He turned
would lose.
traitor** to Scotland and
fought with the Norwegians
against us.

Then General Macbeth and


good Banquo turned the
tide of Battle in our favor.
King Sweno and the rebels
were beaten.

* a Scottish title given to a trusted nobleman


** a person who joins forces with an enemy to fight against his own country
mACBETH 17

That is good I will sign a treaty** with King

news, Ross. The Sweno. But the thane of Cawdor

war is over. must be executed** for being a


traitor.

Macbeth must be rewarded for his good work. Ill go and tell
I will make him the new Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth about
this at once.

* a paper signed to end a war


** killed according to the law
18

Meanwhile, now that


the fighting was over,
the three witches
waited to speak with
Macbeth as he left
the Battle.

What are you? Speak


if you can!

Crossing
the heath,*
macbeth
and banquo
came upon
the witches.

Hail,** Macbeth, Thane of Hail, Macbeth, Thane of


Hail, Macbeth,
Glamis! Cawdor!
the next King
of Scotland!

* a stretch of marsh land covered with grass and low bushes


** a greeting
mACBETH 19

Do not be so afraid, Macbeth.

Macbeth, who was already They have not said anything

Thane of Glamis but did not to harm you.

yet know Duncan had named him


Thane of Cawdor, shuddered* at
the witches words. He knew the
only way he could become king
was if good Duncan died.

Then Banquo And what do you You will not be a


turned and asked say about me? king, but you will
the witches a be the father of
question. kings.

Wait! Why do you say these things? You must


When they had
tell me more!
finished speaking,
all three witches
vanished** into thin
air.

* trembled, shook
** disappeared, went away
20

I have good news from the King, Macbeth.


You are to be the new Thane of Cawdor.
Just then Ross
and Angus drew
near.

How can he do that? The thane


of Cawdor is still alive.

Duncan has ordered the Thane


executed for being a traitor. The Macbeth was stunned.* The

king has given you his title. witches predictions** were


starting to come true.

Friend Banquo, what do you make


of this? Does it please you that
your children will be kings?

I dont trust the


witches, Macbeth.

* shocked, very surprised


** statements of future happenings
mACBETH 21

Sometimes, to get us to do But one of their pre-


what is wrong, evil people dictions has already
will tell us such things. come true!

I thank you, Ross and Angus,


for telling me of this. Now let
us go to the king.

Think about what the witches


have said. We will talk about
it.
22

Is the rebel Thane of Yes, Father. He died


Cawdor executed yet? confessing* his
While these treason** against
things were Scotland.
happening, King
Duncan waited
for Macbeth in
his palace at
Forres.

Soon after, Macbeth, my cousin! I owe


Macbeth, Banquo, you and Banquo much for
Ross and Angus saving our country. I shall
reached Forres. reward you both greatly.
They went to see
the king right
away.

Now, besides making Macbeth Thane of Then I will be the next king
Cawdor, I have another title to give. of Scotland. Thank you,
Malcolm, my oldest son, you are now Father.
the Prince of Cumberland.

* admitting
** the act of being a traitor
mACBETH 23

I must honor you properly, I must do something about the

Macbeth. We will all go to visit Prince of Cumberland. How can

your castle at Inverness. I be the next king when young


Malcolm stands in my way?
I am grateful. I
will go at once
to tell my wife.

Macbeth says that three


Meanwhile,
witches predicted he would
at Macbeths
be the thane of Cawdor...
castle, Lady
and this has come true!
Macbeth read
a letter from
her husband.
24

They also said


he would be
king. But I know
my husband.
He wouldnt
do anything
wrongeven to
win a crown!

Suddenly a messenger arrived No, my lady. My husband will


with exciting news. He sent a arrive soon. And
My lady, King That could not messenger after thatKing
Duncan is on be! Macbeth ahead, and Duncan!
his way to would have told he rides to
Inverness! me about it! the castle
even now.
mACBETH 25

There is only one thing to do. I must be strong enough to


Duncan must die! carry out these plans. Nothing
must stop me!

Just then Macbeth arrived at My dearest love, the king comes


Inverness. He rushed to see his here tonight!
wife.

Greetings to you, my husband,


Thane of both Glamis and Cawdor!
26

And when does he plan to leave? Then he must never see tomorrow!
Meanwhile, my husband, prepare to
welcome him. Leave everything else
Tomorrow. to me.

Do not worry. Tonight you shall We will talk more


win the throne of Scotland. about this later.
mACBETH 27

Soon afterward, King


Duncan and his men made
their way to Inverness.

I like this castle. The air is


sweet and gentle.

Ah, it is Lady He is Then let us go to meet him.


Macbeth. But waiting

where is your inside,

noble husband? Sir.


28

Macbeth served Duncan and his followers a great feast. They


were very hungry after their long journey to his castle.

Macbeths Macbeth! why did I dont think that we


thoughts you leave the should go through
troubled him. He table? Do you want with this. Duncan
left the table. the king to suspect* is my cousin and a
lady macbeth something? guest in my house!
was worried
and followed
her husband
outside. Lady
Macbeth found
him there.

But you were the one who first Ill get Duncans guards
thought of killing Duncan for his drunk tonight. Then you can
crown! stab the king while he sleeps.

* begin to believe that something is wrong


mACBETH 29

Later, after the feast, banquos Suddenly Banquo heard the


son Fleance walked in the sound of footsteps, and he
castle courtyard. drew his sword.

It is a dark I cannot,
Whos there? A friend.
night, Father. Fleance.
Why dont you My sleep is
go to bed? bothered
by bad
dreams.

Macbeth! Youre not in bed yet? I dont think about them much. But
I dont sleep well, either. I you and I must talk about them
dreamed of the three witches later.
last night.
Any time,
Macbeth.
Goodnight.
30

Macbeth waited outside


Suddenly a ghostly* dagger** appeared
in the courtyard until
before Macbeth.
his wife had made the
kings guards drunk.
Is this a dagger which I
see before me?

Its handle points at me, but I cannot touch it.

* something which seems to appear, but which does not really exist
** a sharp knife
mACBETH 31

Just then a bell


sounded. It was
the signal from
Lady Macbeth
that everything
was ready.

Theres the bell. I go now to send Duncan


to another life.

Outside the Kings The guards are sound asleep. Take their
room, Macbeth met daggers and stab the king. Ill wait here.
his wife.

Clutching* the It is done, my wife.

knives, Mac- Duncan is dead!

beth entered
Duncans room.
Soon afterward
he returned, the
daggers dripping
with blood.

* holding tightly
32

But who sleeps in the room next


to the Kings?

His son Donalbain. Why


do you ask?

Macbeth shall sleep


As I stabbed Duncan, no more!
a voice cried out to
me...

Well, I didnt hear anything. You No! I dare not look at


must go back and leave the bloody Duncans dead body again!
knives inside. Im afraid to think about
what I have done!
mACBETH 33

Here, give me the daggers. I will


do it for you.

Meanwhile, Macbeth looked


down at his bloody hands.
Lady Macbeth took the daggers
from her husband. She went into
It would take an
the Kings bedroom, put the dag-
ocean to wash
gers into the sleeping guards
away this blood!
hands, and smeared their faces
with blood.
34

When Lady Macbeth returned, Walking to their room, Macbeth


her hands were as red as her began to feel sorry that he had
husbands. murdered Duncan.

I have done an evil thing. How will


Let us go now,
I ever be able to live with that
Macbeth. Both of us
thought?
must wash, then get
ready for bed.

Is Macbeth Ill call


The following morning, awake yet? my master
Lennox and Macduff We are here for you,
went early to the to see him. good
castle. An old porter* sirs.
let them in.

* a servant who guards the gates and doors to his masters house
mACBETH 35

Good morning, Greetings, good Thane.


In a few mo- Gentlemen. We have business with the
ments, Macbeth
king. Is he up yet?
entered the
room.

Why, no. But his room is just down Do not trouble


the hall. Ill bring you to him. yourself, Macbeth.
Ill wake him up.

Murder!
Treason!
Macduff knocked
Murder!
and then opened King
Duncans door. A look
of terror* was on his
face and he cried out in
Alarm.

* fright, fear
36

Macduffs loud What a terrible thing! What? In our our


shouts woke King Duncan is dead! house? I am going
everyone in the to faint!
castle.
mACBETH 37

Who murdered my It looks as if his guards did it. They had


father? daggers in their hands, and their faces
were covered with blood!

Why did you kill the I acted in haste* because I was so


guards, Macbeth? angry with them! There was Duncan,
covered with blood, and there were
his murderers lying peacefully beside
him. I could not help myself!

Someone is after Then Ill go to


A little later the
Scotlands throne. Ireland. If we
kings sons, Malcolm
Whoever murdered stay apart, well
and Donalbain, met
our father may try to both be safer!
to discuss what they
should do. kill us next! Im going
to leave secretly for
England.

* too quickly
38

Does anyone know who No, But Malcolm


Several hours ordered the guards to and Donalbain
later, Ross and stab the King? have both left
Macduff spoke Scotland.
about Duncans
death.

It looks bad that Duncans sons have


run away. Perhaps they did it.

That means Macbeth will


be the next king.

Will you go to scone to No, I dont feel right


see him crowned? about it. I am going home
to castle Fife. Farewell.
mACBETH 39

Not long afterward, Macbeth Banquo waited for Macbeth


became king of Scotland. He inside the palace.
decided to hold a great feast
to celebrate. Many nobles were Macbeth has gained everything
invited to the royal palace at the witches said he would. But
Forres. I fear it was he who killed
Duncan to take the crown.

Banquo, my Yes, Sir. But I


Trumpets sounded, and friend, we promised my son
king Macbeth entered with feast tonight. Fleance that
several members of his Will you join we would go
royal court. us? horseback riding
this afternoon.
We will return in
the evening.
40

The witches said that Banquo


Soon Banquo and the would be the father of Kings.
other nobles had left. He is a threat* to my throne. I
Macbeth sat alone, must kill him too!
worrying and thinking.

Banquo is an We will do as
enemy. He and you say your
Later he called two
his son must be majesty.**
murderers before him.
killed tonight.

Do not worry so No, not yet. Tonight


When the
about what we have another murder
murderers
done. Its finished! will be done. When
had gone,
it is over, I will tell
Lady Macbeth
you about it.
came in to
talk to her
husband.

* a warning of some future evil


** a title given to a king
mACBETH 41

I see a light. They


are coming!
Later that evening,
the killers waited
for Banquo and his
son to return from
their ride. A third
man had joined them
at Macbeths orders.

The murderers struck at Banquo with their swords, but young


Fleance was too fast for them.

Im being attacked! Get away


while you can, my son!
42

We got the father, but the Well, lets go and tell


son escaped. We left the the king what happened.
most important part undone!

You are all welcome here!


Meanwhile, not far
Please find a place to sit at
away, Macbeths
the table.
feast had begun.

The queen will join us


a little later.
mACBETH 43

There is blood It is Banquos


As the feasting started, on your face! blood! He is
Macbeth saw one of the dead in a ditch
killers in the doorway. with twenty
gashes in his
head!

And what of I am sorry to Well, the main job is done. Well


Fleance? report that the take care of Fleance another
boy has escaped. time. For now, you may leave.
44

Macbeth went back to the Where can I sit? All the

feast. But he could not chairs are taken.

find a chair to sit in.

Why, right here, your


majesty.

No! Which of you has


But Banquos ghost was
done this?
sitting in the empty seat.
mACBETH 45

You cannot say I did it! Dont shake your


bloody head at me!

The king is not well. That may be best. Macbeth


Perhaps we should go. Is having a fit. He has had
this sickness since he was
a child.

Ill take care of him. Please


gentlemen, leave at once!
46

I have blood Then do it Early the next day when Macbeth


on my hands tomorrow. had left the castle, Lennox talked
and strange You need with a friend about the recent*
things in my your sleep, happenings.
mind. I must my husband.
talk to the I hear that Didnt you
witches again! Macduff is in know, Len-
trouble with the nox? Macduff
king. macduff went to see
says bad things King Edward
because he re- of England.
fused to attend Prince Mal-
last nights feast. colm is there
Where is he? too.

Macduff wants king Edward Macduff has been ordered to

to order Siward, the Earl return to Scotland, but he will

of Northumberland, to help not obey.

Malcolm overthrow** Macbeth!


Everyone is sure now that
Macbeth was the one who
murdered good king Duncan!

* not long ago


** win a battle against someone and take his place
mACBETH 47

Meanwhile, I need your help, women! Very well,

Macbeth had Show me my future! Macbeth. Here

found the it is.

cave of the
three witches.

The first witch A second vision** Then the ghost of a


conjured* up a head appeared. It took small child came into
that spoke. the form of a view. It had a crown
bloody child. on its head and it

Beware Macduff, held a tree branch in


No one born of a
the Thane of Fife! one hand.
woman can harm
you, Macbeth! You will never be
defeated until Birnam
wood marches to
Dunsinane hill!

* called up by magic
** a picture or object that exists only in the mind of the one who sees it
48

Macbeth was happy with the visions, but he wanted to know more.
He was still troubled by the witches prophecy* that Banquo would
be the father of kings. The three old hags showed Macbeth that
their words would come true.

That first manthats Banquo! And all the others look just like him.
Yes, he points his finger at them to show me they are his. This is an
evil day!

* telling what will happen in the future


mACBETH 49

Why does Macbeth look angry? Weve done


our best to cheer him up!

The three witches No, sir. But


As the witches disap- are gone, Lennox. I have news
peared, Lennox came Did you see where for you
into the cave looking they went? about Thane
for Macbeth. Macduff. He
has fled to
England!

I must act quickly to


punish him! I will send
soldiers to his castle
to murder his wife and
children.
50

Meanwhile, Ross was trying to Soon afterward, Ross left

comfort lady Macduff who could to join Macduff in England,

not understand why her husband leaving lady Macduff in tears.

had run away.


Why are you Your father
Macduff acts No. Your crying, Mother? is gone. I
like a traitor! husband dont know
is wise. He how we will
knows what live without
is best for him!
Scotland.

Moments later, a Messenger


But there was no time to explain.
arrived with a warning that
Macbeths soldiers forced their
Macbeths men were on their
way in and killed lady Macduff
way.
and her son.
Your lives are Why? We have
in danger! You done nothing
must get away wrong.
from here!
mACBETH 51

Hail, Ross. How is

Meanwhile, on his way Scotland?

to England, Ross
Macbeth is a
had learned about
madman. The
the death of lady
whole country
Macduff. Arriving at
suffers.
King Edwards palace,
He found Macduff
talking with Duncans
son Malcolm.

Dont worry, Ross. England Then, knowing he could not put


has given us Siward, the Earl of it off any longer, Ross told
Northumberland, along with ten Macduff about his wife and son.
thousand fighting men.

We will soon What? Macbeth has


go to war to slain my family? I will
save Scotland kill him in return!
from Macbeth.
52

When was the last time She has walked


Meanwhile, back lady Macbeth walked in every night
in Scotland, her sleep? since Macbeth
one of lady left the castle
Macbeths ser- to prepare for
vants called a war. Look! There
doctor. she is again!

Will these hands never be


clean? Who would have
Lady Macbeth was
thought the old man had
walking in her sleep
so much blood in him?
with her eyes wide
open. As the doc-
tor and the servant
watched, She rubbed
her hands togeth-
er as if she were
washing themover
and over again.

She will soon go back No, I can do nothing. But


to bed. Can you help her, keep an eye on her. She
doctor? might try to hurt herself!
mACBETH 53

Not long afterward, Scotland was ready for war. Many noblemen
revolted* against Macbeth and planned to attack him.

The English troops led by Malcolm, Yes, they are at Birnam wood.
Siward, and Macduff are near. We will meet them there.

Macbeth gath- His soldiers Come. Let us march to Birnam and

ers his forces only follow join the English soldiers.

at Castle Dun- him out of


sinane. He is like fear, not out
a madman! of love!

* turned against
54

Back at Dunsinane castle, Macbeth


Suddenly a messenger
was not worried. He believed that
appeared with a report.
the witches prophecy would keep
him safe.
Sir, there are ten

Birnam wood cannot walk. And no thousand troops

man born of a woman can harm marching this way!

me. I have nothing to fearnot


even Macduff!

I am not afraid of them. Get out


of here!

Help me with my armor, Seyton. It is


Wisely, however,
early yet, but I wish to be ready once
Macbeth decided
the fighting starts.
to dress for
battle.

Yes, Sir.
mACBETH 55

Soon the English army and the Order every soldier to cut off a
troops from Scotland met at branch and carry it. That way we
Birnam wood. can disguise* our true numbers
from Macbeth.

It shall be
done, Sir!

Now we are ready to fight


Macbeth at Dunsinane!

* hide by taking on another appearance


56

Hang our banners and flags


All this time at
from the walls. Castle Dunsinane
Dunsinane, Macbeth
is stronger than the enemy.
thought Malcolm,
Siward, and Macduff
were helpless
against him.

But there was trouble What is happening, Your wife is

in his own house. Sud- Seyton? dead, Sir.

denly Macbeth heard


the screams of women.

Sirthis sounds crazy... but


But Macbeth had little when I looked out over the cas-
time to mourn.* Just tle walls toward Birnam wood, it
then a messenger seemed to me that the trees were
came in with a strange walking up the hill!
story.

* cry, feel bad about something


mACBETH 57

Youre No, Sir. You can see At this, Macbeth remembered the
lying! it for yourself! witches prediction.

The witches said


I had nothing to
fear until Birnam
wood comes to
Dunsinane. And
now the forest
walks this way!

Get your weapons! We will meet


Macbeth called the enemy outside. If we must
everyone in his die, we will die fighting!
castle to battle.
58

We are close enough Sound the trumpets


Meanwhile, to Dunsinane, Macduff. so Macbeth knows
Malcolm and Order the men to toss we bring blood and
his army had away their screen of death!
reached a place branches.

near the castle.

Attack!
Hearing the trum-
pets, Macbeth led
his army to meet
the enemy on a
nearby plain.

During the What is your name?

battle, Siwards
son challenged* You will
Macbeth to a tremble** to
swordfight. hear it. I am
Macbeth!

* dared
** shake with fear
mACBETH 59

Ha! You are a man born of a


They fought, and
woman. I fear you not. No
Macbeth killed the
one can hurt me in battle!
son of Siward with
his blade.

Where is the King? If I do not find him,


Meanwhile, Macduff searched
my dead family will haunt* me forever.
everywhere for Macbeth.

Many of Macbeths own troops


Nearby, Malcolm and have deserted** him and joined
Siward rode into us. Dunsinane is ours!
Macbeths castle.

* in this sense, to make someone ashamed for not getting revenge


** left, went over to the other side
60

After much fight- Macbeth! Take up your

ing, Macduff Sword and fight me!

found Macbeth on You cannot defeat


the battlefield. me, Macduff. My life is
charmed.* No one born of
a woman can kill!

I have already killed your fam- It is you who will


ily. I have no wish to add your die Macbeth!
blood to my hands. Get away
while you still can, Macduff.

My mother could not give birth to me in


the usual way. The doctor cut her open
and took me out. So I was not really
born, Macbeth!

I am sorry to
hear this.

* protected by magic
mACBETH 61

But I will never give up!

Therefore we
must fight!

Come on, Macduff. The one who stops first will


be the loser!
62

I wonder how many men Two men are missing,


Meanwhile Siward. Macduff and
we lost in the battle.
Malcolms your son cannot be
army had found.
finished
fighting.
They had
won.

I know about one of them. At least he died


I am sorry to say young like a soldier!
Siward has been killed.

Macbeth is dead. Hail,


Just then, Macduff
Malcolm, our rightful
walked in carrying the
king!
head of Macbeth.
mACBETH 63

At this, the thanes all hailed Malcolm as their new ruler.

The butcher, Let there be peace Hail, Malcolm!


Macbeth, is dead! in the land.

Hail the new king


Hail! Hail!
of Scotland!

THE
END
Macbeth Saddlebacks
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After encountering three witches, the warrior


Macbeth
Macbeth waits to see if their predictions come
true. Stung by ambition, Macbeth is persuaded
by his conniving wife that the fastest way to SHAKESPEARE

fulll the prophecy is to murder the king, which


sets o a disastrous chain of events. As the

Macbeth
tragedy unfolds, Macbeths decisions lead to
more ruin. He returns to the witches and
believes that his future is securebut is he
interpreting the premonitions correctly?

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