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William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scene 8 (Conclusion)

— 5.8 — Macbeth, knowing that he had lost the battle, thought, Why should I play the Roman fool, and commit suicide by throwing myself on my own sword? Let Brutus or Cassius commit suicide when they see that their … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scenes 4, 5, 6, and 7

— 5.4 — Malcolm, Old Siward and Young Siward, Macduff, Menteith, Caithness, Angus, Lennox, and Ross rode horses near Birnam Forest. Many soldiers marched near them. “Kinsmen,” Malcolm said, “I hope the time is near at hand when Scots can … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scenes 2 and 3

— 5.2 — The Scottish nobles Menteith, Caithness, Angus, and Lennox, as well as many Scottish soldiers, were in a field. These nobles — rebels against Macbeth — were planning to meet and join the soldiers led by Malcolm. Menteith … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scene 1

CHAPTER 5: The Fall of Macbeth — 5.1 — In an anteroom in Macbeth’s castle at Dunsinane, a doctor and a gentlewoman — a woman of high social standing — talked together. The doctor said, “I have for two nights … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 3

— 4.3 — Malcolm and Macduff were meeting outside the palace of the King of England. Malcolm’s bodyguards were near. Malcolm said, “Let us find some shade and mourn for Scotland there.” Macduff replied, “Let us instead wield deadly swords … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 2

— 4.2 — At Macduff’s castle in Fife, Lady Macduff, her young son by her side, talked with Ross. “What did my husband do to make him flee from Scotland?” asked Lady Macduff. “You must have patience, madam,” Ross replied. … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 1

CHAPTER 4: Piled Higher and Deeper — 4.1 — The three Weird Sisters stood around a boiling cauldron in a cave. Outside a lightning storm raged. “Three times the striped cat has mewed,” the First Witch said. “Three times, and … Continue reading

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