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Ch 6: Macbeth Act Summaries & Quotes

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The Macbeth Act Summaries & Quotes chapter of this Macbeth by William Shakespeare Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the summaries and notable quotes from each act of this play. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential plotlines of each act and important quotes from Macbeth.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering synopses from each act of Macbeth and key quotes will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to understand the key components of each act and identify important quotes in this play. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing what happens in each act of Macbeth, along with notable quotes from each part
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual and auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
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  • Complete your review with the Macbeth Act Summaries & Quotes chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the specific events and quotes that occurred in each act of Macbeth for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Synopsis of the story's plot
  • Detailed summaries of the scenes from acts 1-5
  • Analysis of the play's climax and ending
  • Review of noteworthy quotes from each act

28 Lessons in Chapter 6: Macbeth Act Summaries & Quotes
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Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

1. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

This lesson will begin with an introduction to William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth.' It will then include a summary of Act 1, Scene 1 of the play, and will end with a quiz.

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

2. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

By Act 1, Scene 2 of 'Macbeth,' three witches are introduced and lying in wait for the protagonist. Explore a summary and quotes from the second scene, which brings news from the battlefield, begins another battle, and sees Macbeth earn a new title.

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

3. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

In Act 1, Scene 3 of 'Macbeth,' the witches appear, discussing their activities since Scene 1. Read a summary and quotes from scene 3, where the witches reveal Macbeth's fate and he demands explanation before quickly being sated by a prophecy fulfilled.

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 4: Summary & Quotes

4. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 4: Summary & Quotes

Act 1, Scene 4 of Macbeth, begins with King Duncan being told of the former Thane of Cawdor's death. Explore a summary and quotes from this scene, where Macbeth is handsomely praised, an heir is chosen, and Macbeth considers the new obstacle to his fate.

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 5: Summary & Quotes

5. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 5: Summary & Quotes

By Act 1, Scene 5 of 'Macbeth,' Macbeth is considering his options to reach his fated role of king. Look into a summary and quotes from this scene where Lady Macbeth gets involved, springs into action, and sets a plan to secure the throne.

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 6: Summary & Quotes

6. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 6: Summary & Quotes

Just before Act 1, Scene 6, Lady Macbeth decides her husband needs her to fulfill his destiny. Read a summary and quotes from the scene, which follow the events of King Duncan's arrival, meeting with Lady Macbeth, small talk, and fatal entry into the Macbeth castle.

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 7: Summary & Quotes

7. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 7: Summary & Quotes

In 'Macbeth' Act 1, Scene 7, Lady Macbeth reveals her crafty scheme. Recap the events of Scene 7 with a summary and quotes following Macbeth's dilemma and hesitance, his wife's response, and the plan that will surely secure their rightful place as rulers.

Macbeth Act 2, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

8. Macbeth Act 2, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

Act 2, Scene 1 of 'Macbeth' reveals key plot details and characters. Gain a better understanding of Shakespeare's work with a recap of Act 1, the character relationships established in Act 2, Macbeth's vision, and his decision to murder Duncan.

Macbeth Act 2, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

9. Macbeth Act 2, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' advances the plot substantially with the assassination of Duncan. Review Scene 1 and dive into a detailed summary with quotes to better understand the significance of Scene 2.

Macbeth Act 2, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

10. Macbeth Act 2, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

Act II, Scene 3 of Shakespeare's tragedy, ''Macbeth'' opens on a comic note but quickly moves toward the mayhem and madness that dominate the play. This lesson summarizes the scene and discusses some important quotations from it.

Macbeth Act 2, Scene 4: Summary & Quotes

11. Macbeth Act 2, Scene 4: Summary & Quotes

By 'Macbeth' Act 2, Scene 4, strange events have begun to occur in Scotland. Analyze a plot summary and quotes from Act 2, Scene 4 which follow Macduff as he brings vital news and theories about the King's death before he and Ross part ways.

Macbeth Act 3, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

12. Macbeth Act 3, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

In Macbeth Act 3, Scene 1, Macbeth feels threatened by Banquo and makes plans to have him killed. Learn about a recap of Act 2, Scene 4, Banquo's thinking out loud about the witches' prophecies, the entrance of King Macbeth, and Macbeth's worries and subsequent plans.

Macbeth Act 3, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

13. Macbeth Act 3, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

In Macbeth Act 3, Scene 2, Macbeth shares his horrid plan to secure his throne with Lady Macbeth. Learn about the disagreement between King and Lady Macbeth, the preparations for dinner, and King Macbeth's paranoia.

Macbeth Act 3, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

14. Macbeth Act 3, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

Act three of the third scene in 'Macbeth' follows the encounter of three hired murderers and their intended treachery to Fleance. Follow the events of their attempted assassination, and note the humor in Shakespeare's writing in quotes from the play.

Macbeth Act 3, Scene 4: Summary & Quotes

15. Macbeth Act 3, Scene 4: Summary & Quotes

In Act 3, Scene 4 of 'Macbeth', Duncan's death is complete, and although Banquo perishes, Fleance escapes. Follow the events after these conflicts, and the haunting that follows Macbeth even in his own home.

Macbeth Act 3, Scene 5: Summary & Quotes

16. Macbeth Act 3, Scene 5: Summary & Quotes

Act 3, Scene 5 of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' is unique and even a bit controversial. The lesson provides a summary and key quotes from this distinctive scene from the dark and haunted play.

Macbeth Act 3, Scene 6: Summary & Quotes

17. Macbeth Act 3, Scene 6: Summary & Quotes

This lesson will provide you with a general overview of Act 3, Scene 6 (III.vi) of the play 'Macbeth' and give you an idea of how to position the scene within a larger Shakespearean context.

Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

18. Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

Act IV, scene 1 begins with the witches chanting around a cauldron, reciting the well-known formula for witch's brew. Macbeth comes upon them in the forest, and the witches summon three apparitions to foretell Macbeth's future. Suspecting that he might not be hearing the entire truth, Macbeth prepares to take matters into his own hands to ensure his place on the throne of Scotland.

Macbeth Act 4, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

19. Macbeth Act 4, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

In Shakespeare's Macbeth Act 4, Scene 2, Lady Macduff and her son are in grave danger. Learn about whether Macduff is traitorous or wise, Lady Macduff's son, and the messenger.

Macbeth Act 4, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

20. Macbeth Act 4, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

Before Act 4, Scene 3 of 'Macbeth,' Macduff suspects Macbeth in the murder of King Duncan and seeks help with a rebellion. Explore Act 4, Scene 3, which follows a conversation on Malcolm's lust, greed, and trickery before Ross arrives with grim news.

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

21. Macbeth Act 5, Scene 1: Summary & Quotes

Act V, scene 1 of Shakespeare's tragedy ''Macbeth'' is focused on the effects of Duncan's murder on Lady Macbeth. Previously Lady Macbeth supported her husband when, driven by ambition, he killed Duncan, king of Scotland. Now, apparently guilt-stricken, she is exhibiting some unusual behavior.

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

22. Macbeth Act 5, Scene 2: Summary & Quotes

While Macbeth attempts to fortify his castle, Duncan's son Malcolm and several noblemen have assembled an army to move against Macbeth. Rumors about Macbeth's state of mind and the makeup of his forces reach the noblemen, leading them to anticipate success in the coming battle.

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

23. Macbeth Act 5, Scene 3: Summary & Quotes

Get a glimpse into Act 5, Scene 3 of the play 'Macbeth.' Find out how dark comedy shakes things up in one of Shakespeare's bleakest and most dismal tragedies.

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 4: Summary & Quotes

24. Macbeth Act 5, Scene 4: Summary & Quotes

In Act V, Scene 4 of William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' the noblemen and soldiers gather in Birnan wood to lay siege to Macbeth's castle and challenge his claim to Scotland's throne. The army plans to conceal itself with boughs from Birnan wood.

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5: Summary & Quotes

25. Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5: Summary & Quotes

In Act 5, scene 5 of William Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'', Macbeth learns that an army is marching toward his castle. Macbeth faces the exact scenario the witches have described: Birnam Wood moves toward Dunsinane Hill. As the castle readies for the siege, Macbeth is informed that Lady Macbeth has died.

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 6-7: Summary & Quotes

26. Macbeth Act 5, Scene 6-7: Summary & Quotes

The battle for the throne of Scotland begins. Macbeth clings to the belief that he is invincible, subscribing to the witches' claims that none of woman born can harm him. Macbeth encounters Young Siward and slays him in battle. At the end of the scene, the army opposing Macbeth enters his castle.

Macbeth Act 5, Scenes 8-11: Summary & Quotes

27. Macbeth Act 5, Scenes 8-11: Summary & Quotes

In the final scenes of Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'', Macduff kills Macbeth. Poor Macbeth has already lost his wife and his life; and now he loses his head! Macduff presents Macbeth's severed head to Malcolm, the new king, who promises to share wealth and titles with those who helped eliminate Macbeth.

Climax & Ending of Macbeth

28. Climax & Ending of Macbeth

Get a glimpse into the concluding scenes of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' and learn what makes them climactic. You'll find out why the ending of the play can truly be called 'epic!'

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