Act 1 Scene 1
Three witches plan to meet Macbeth near a battlefield in Scotland.
Act 1 Scene 2
Duncan King of Scotland, hears good reports about his noblemen-Macbeth and Banquo- in a recent battle. He orders the death of the current, rebellious Thane of Cawdor and orders the title of Thane of Cawdor to be given to Macbeth.
Act 1 Scene 3
Three witches meet Macbeth and Banquo and make predictions about each of their futures. Ross and Angus arrive from the king to confirm the first of the predictions, that Macbeth is the new Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth contemplates what he should do to make the other predictions come true.
Act 1 Scene 4
Macbeth, Banquo, Angus, and Ross join Duncan who names his son, Malcolm, his successor to the throne and states that he will be visiting Macbeth’s Home/Castle, soon. Macbeth views Malcolm as an obstacle in Macbeth’s Path.
Act 1 Scene 5
Macbeth’s wife (Lady Macbeth) receives a letter from her husband describing his meeting with the witches and their predictions. He also says the king is coming to visit. Lady Macbeth call on spirits to fill her with cruelty so that she can be the strength Macbeth needs to kill the king. She assures Macbeth that she will take care of all the preparations for duncan’s visit.
Act 1 Scene 6
Lady Macbeth welcomes the King Duncan to the Castle.
Act 1 Scene 7
Macbeth consider all the reasons he should not kill the king. Lady Macbeth mocks him and offers a plan for killing the king, which Macbeth accepts.
Act 2 Scene 1
Banquo’s dreams are disturbed by the prophecy. Macbeth pretends all is well, When Banquo leaves him, Macbeth hers the bell his wife rings to indicate all is ready for murder. He imagines a bloody dagger leading him to Duncan’s bedroom.
Act 2 Scene 2
Macbeth returns to Lady Macbeth in their bedroom, bloody daggers in hand, after he has killed the king. He is horrified at his own actions. Lady Macbeth returns the daggers to the murder scene and urges Macbeth to wash his hands and recover his wits.
Act 2 Scene 3
A drunken porter (gatekeeper) answers knocking at Macbeth’s castle door and admits Lennox and Macduff. When they go talk to the king, they find him dead and rouse Macbeth. Macbeth kills the guards, who appear to be guilty of the murder. Duncan’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain flee to safety in England and Ireland, to avoid being murdered or accused of murder.
Act 2 Scene 4
Macduff tells Ross that Malcolm and Donalbain have been accused of murdering Duncan, and that Macbeth has been chosen to be king. Ross leaves for Macbeth’s coronation; Macduff stays home at his castle in fife.
Act 3 Scene 1
Banquo suspects Macbeth killed Duncan, but doesn’t tell Macbeth. Macbeth arranes for two men to kill Banquo while Banquo is on a ride with his son. Macbeth persuades the murders that Banquo has hurt them and must die.
Act 3 Scene 2