The following day, Macbeth returns to the same Witches who initially foretold his destiny.This time, the Witches not only confirm that the sons of Banquo will rule in Scotland, but they also add a new prophecy: Macbeth will be invincible in battle until the time when the forest of Birnam moves towards his stronghold at Dunsinane and until he meets an enemy "not born of woman." Dismissing both of these predictions as nonsense, Macbeth prepares for invasion.charts the bloody rise to power and tragic downfall of the warrior Macbeth.
Returning to his castle, Macbeth allows himself to be persuaded and directed by his ambitious wife, who realizes that regicide — the murder of the king — is the quickest way to achieve the destiny that her husband has been promised.
A perfect opportunity presents itself when King Duncan pays a royal visit to Macbeth's castle.
Suddenly, both are alarmed by a loud knocking at the castle door.
When the drunken porter of Macbeth's castle finally responds to the noise, he opens the door to Macduff, a loyal follower of the king, who has been asked to awake Duncan in preparation for the return journey.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, Lady Macbeth has been taken ill: She walks in her sleep and seems to recall, in fragmentary memories, the details of the murder.
Now, in a series of alternating scenes, the action of the play moves rapidly between the advancing army of Malcolm and the defensive preparations of Macbeth.As you look through the text (you may want to reread as then you will comprehend more and surely spot the passages you want), you will want to cite passages in the beginning that demonstrate Macbeth's growing ambition.Do not forget that the supernatural world certainly tempts him and Lady Macbeth encourages him, but, by his own admition, it is his "vaulting ambition," his tragic flaw, that leads him down his path to tragedy. As you look through the text (you may want to reread as then you will comprehend more and surely spot the passages you want), you will want to cite passages in the beginning that demonstrate Macbeth's growing ambition.With a loud cry, he launches himself at Macduff and is slain.In the final scene, Malcolm is crowned as the new king of Scotland, to the acclaim of all.Macbeth is duly proclaimed the new king of Scotland, but recalling the Witches' second prophecy, he arranges the murder of his fellow soldier Banquo and his son Fleance, both of whom represent a threat to his kingship according to the Witches' prophecy.The hired murderers kill Banquo but mistakenly allow Fleance to escape.At a celebratory banquet that night, Macbeth is thrown into a state of horror when the ghost of the murdered Banquo appears at the dining table.Again, his wife tries to strengthen Macbeth, but the strain is clearly beginning to show.When Malcolm's army disguise themselves with sawn-off branches, Macbeth sees what appears to be a wood moving towards his stronghold at Dunsinane.And when he finally meets Macduff in single combat, his sworn enemy reveals that he came into the world by cesarean section; he was not, precisely speaking, "born of woman." On hearing this news, Macbeth rejects one final time the Witches' prophecy.