Act 1, Scene 1
Location: Deserted place in Scotland.
Time: year 1040 (reign of King Duncan)
Characters: witch 1, 2, and 3,
Events: Three witches planning to meet Macbeth after the battle at the heath
Quote: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair…”
Act 1, Scene 2
Location: a camp near forres.
Characters: Duncan, Malcolm, Captain, Lenox, Rosse, Angus, Donalbain
Events: A wounded soldier tells how Macbeth had killed the rebel Macdonwald and then, with Banquo, had fought off an attack from the Norwegians who were allied with the rebels. Rosse arrives and reports that Macbeth has a defeated the Norwegians and taken the rebel Thane of Cawdor prisoner. Duncan sentences Cawdor to death and transfers his title to Macbeth.
- “As two spent swimmers, that do cling together And choke their art.”
- “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.
Act 1, Scene 3
Location: the heath
Characters: Witch 1, 2, 3, Macbeth, Banquo, Rosse, Angus
Events: three witches greet Macbeth and banquo predicting that he will be thane if Cawdor and then king. Predict Banquo children will be king after. Rosse and Angus give Macbeth the news, that for his bravery, Macbeth is to be thane of Cawdor. Meaning witches prediction is true. This leads Macbeth to contemplate killing king Duncan, meanwhile Banquo warns that witches may be leading Macbeth to evil.
- “the thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me in borrowed robes?”
- ”if chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir.” Macbeth is going to leave it to fate.
Act 1, Scene 4
Location: A room in the King’s palace.
Characters: Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lenox, Macbeth, Banquo, Rosse, Angus
Events: Duncan’s son Malcolm reports that the rebel Cawdor had faced his execution with dignity. Duncan thanks Macbeth and Banquo for defeating the rebels and announces that his eldest son Malcolm will succeed him as King. this unsettles Macbeth as he still desires to become king himself.
- “Stars, hide your fires! let not light see my black and deep desires;”
Act 1, Scene 5
Location: Macbeth’s castle.
Characters: Lady Macbeth, Messenger, Macbeth
Events: Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth telling her about the witches predictions. She thinks about what Macbeth wrote and decides that she must kill the King Duncan because Macbeth is too kind. She is happy to hear that Duncan is staying in their castle this night. Lady Macbeth asks evil spirits to help her carry out this bad deed. When Macbeth arrives, she tells him to leave everything to her.
Lady Macbeth’s speech conveys that she defies the stereotype of a woman being weak and of less
Quote: “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it.”
Act 1, Scene 6
Location: Outside Macbeth’s castle
Characters: Duncan, Banquo, Donalbain, lenox, Macduff, Rosse, Angus, Lady Macbeth,
Events: Duncan arrives admires the setting of Macbeth’s castle and is welcomed by Lady Macbeth.They go inside the castle and thanks Lady Macbeth for hosting them.
- “See, see, our honored hostess! The love that follows us sometime is our trouble, Which still we thank as love.” King Duncan can see that something is troubling Lady Macbeth, but overlooks it and accepts her love.