act 1 scene
A heath, somewhere in Scotland
three witches talking about how they will meet again upon the heath with Macbeth.
important quotes: Whitch: “fair is foul and foul is fair.”
act 1 scene 2
A camp near Forres
the king is informed about how the battle is going by a wounded captain. we find out that Malcolm is Duncan (the king) son. the battle is even but Macbeth fought valiantly and killed Macdonwald, a kings man gone bad and the leader of the Norwegians. Duncan says that Macbeth will be the new thane of cadow.
important quotes: Captain:”as two swimmers that do cling together and choke their art” (to describe the battle). captain: “disdaining fortune, with his bandished steel ,which smoked with bloody execution, like valour’s minion, carved out his passage, till he faced the slave;”
act 1 scene 3
witches gather on the heath where they meet Macbeth and his friend Banquo. they tell Macbeth that he will be thane of Cawdor and king thereafter. they tell Banquo that although he will not be king all his children will be. they do not beleave the witches because the thane of Cawdor is still alive. soon after Rosse and Angus enter and tell Macbeth that the thane of Cawdor is a traitor and will be executed. they also tell him that the king has decided to give him all this lands and servants. this makes Macbeth think that the witches were telling the truth about him being king.
important quotes: Macbeth:”the thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me in borrowed robes” Macbeth:”if chance will have me king, chance may crown me, without my stir.”
act 1 scene 4
A room in the Kings palace
Malcom brings news of the thane of Cawdor’s execution. Duncan names Malcom as the prince of Cumberland (the hair to the throne). tis the position that Macbeth wants and declares to himself that he will have to overcome this obstacle.
important quotes: Macbeth:“(aside) the prince of Cumberland!- that is a step on which i must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies. stars, hide your fires! let not light see my black and deep desires; the eye wink at the hand, yet let that be, which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.”
act 1 scene 5
A room in Macbeth’s castle
we meet lady Macbeth. she is reading a letter from Macbeth that tells of his encounter with the whites. she rejoices at this information but worries that her husband is too soft to carry out the task the she belive must be done. In this we see that she is a very ambitious woman and will do whatever it takes to achieve her goals. A messenger comes and says that Macbeth is on his way and that Duncan is going to stay at their house. she sees this as a opportunity and when Macbeth arrives says that she will take charge of the evil task.
important quotes: Lady Macbeth: “yet do i fear thy nature: it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.” Lady Macbeth: “come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty!” Lady Macbeth: “he that’s coming must be provided for; and you shall put this night’s great business into my dispatch”
act 1 scene 6
outside Macbeth’s castle
the king and Banquo arrive at Macbeths castle where they are welcomed by lady Macbeth. Duncan thanks lady Macbeth for her hospitality.
important quotes: Duncan: “this castle hath a plesant seat; the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses” Lady Macbeth: “all our service, in every point twice done, and then done double…”