Macbeth Exposition and Plot

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Exposition: Macbeth takes place in Scotland in the middle ages, Macbeth has a Wife- lady Macbeth- the king is Duncan. Other characters: Malcom, Donaldbain, Banquo, Fience, Three Witches, Macduff, and Ross Act 1 Rising Action: The witches begin to get into Macbeths mind. Man vs. Self Macbeth finds out he is Thane of Cawdor Malcom becomes heir to the throne Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to be strong and cruel Lady Macbeth reveals she wants to kill Duncan She comes up with a plan and he goes along with it Act 2 Climax: Macbeth imagines a dagger Lady Macbeth gets the guards drunk Macbeth kills Duncan Act 2 Falling action: Macbeth becomes king of Scotland Banquo becomes suspicious of him Banquo’s ghost haunts him after Macbeth has killed him Fience escapes Macbeth goes to the witches and gets more prophecies Macduff flees Lady Macbeth goes crazy Macbeth murders Macduff’s family Macduff and Malcom form an army Lady Macbeth kills herself Macduff kills Macbeth after he finds out Macduff was a C-sections Resolution: Malcom becomes king Both act 3…...

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 BANQUO.
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