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Macbeth Summaries Act V

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Macbeth Summaries – Act V Act V, Scene 1: The Gentlewoman reports to the Doctor that she has seen Lady Macbeth sleepwalking. She refuses to tell what her mistress has said in her sleep. Lady Macbeth, asleep, enters with a candle. Lady Macbeth, fast asleep, tries to wash imagined blood from her hands. Her fragmented language echoes her own and Macbeth’s words about past murders; Duncan, Lady Macduff, Banquo. Act V, Scene 2: News! Malcolm, Macduff, Siward and the English army approach; young men flock to join them; Macbeth is troubled by internal revolt – his soldiers obey him only out of fear, and his conscience oppresses him. Act V, Scene 3: Macbeth, receiving news of desertions from his army, recalls the Apparitions’ predictions. He rages at a soldier who tells of Malcolm’s approach. He knows the coming battle will make or break him. Macbeth reflects on a bleak future. He determines to fight to the death, and orders rumour-mongers to be killed. When the Doctor tells him he cannot cure mental disorders, Macbeth dismisses medicine. Macbeth leaves, calling for his armour.
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