She has lost contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes to be drowned and With the aid of the Captain, she disguises herself as a young man under the name Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino has convinced himself that he is in love with Olivia, who is mourning the recent deaths of her father and brother.
Act I[ edit ] The play opens amidst thunder and lightning, wherein the Three Witches decide that their next meeting shall be with Macbeth.
In the following scene, a wounded sergeant reports to King Duncan of Scotland that his generals Macbeth, who is the Thane of Glamis, and Banquo have just defeated the allied forces of Norway and Ireland, who were led by the traitorous Macdonwald, and the Thane of Cawdor. Subsequently, Macbeth and Banquo discuss the weather and their victory.
As they wander onto a heath, the Three Witches enter and greet them with prophecies. Though Banquo challenges them first, they address Macbeth, hailing him as "Thane of Glamis," "Thane of Cawdor," and that he shall "be King hereafter. When Banquo asks of his own fortunes, the witches respond paradoxically, saying that he will be less than Macbeth, yet happier, less successful, but more successful.
He will father a line of kings though he himself will not be one. While the two men wonder at these pronouncements, the witches vanish, and another thane, Ross, arrives and informs Macbeth of his newly bestowed title: The first prophecy is thus fulfilled, and Macbeth, previously sceptical, immediately begins to harbour ambitions of becoming king.
They will be rendered defenceless since they were drugged. Act II[ edit ] While Duncan is asleep, Macbeth impales him, despite his doubts and a number of supernatural portents, including a hallucination of a bloody dagger.
He is so shaken that Lady Macbeth has to take charge. Macbeth slaughters the guards to prevent them from professing their innocence, but claims he did so in a fit of anger over their misdeeds.
The rightful heirs escaping makes them suspects and Macbeth assumes the throne as the new King of Scotland as a kinsman of the dead king. Act III[ edit ] Despite his success, Macbeth, also aware of this part of the prophecy, remains uneasy.
Macbeth invites Banquo to a royal banquetwhere he discovers that Banquo and his young son, Fleance, will be riding out that night. The assassins succeed in killing Banquo, but Fleance escapes. At a banquet, Macbeth invites his lords and Lady Macbeth to a night of drinking and merriment.
Macbeth raves fearfully, startling his guests, as the ghost is only visible to him.
The others panic at the sight of Macbeth raging at a seemingly empty chair, until a desperate Lady Macbeth tells them that her husband is merely afflicted with a familiar and harmless malady.
The ghost departs and returns once more, causing the same riotous anger and fear in Macbeth. This time, Lady Macbeth tells the lords to leave, and they do so.
First, they conjure an armoured head, which tells him to beware of Macduff IV. Second, a bloody child tells him that no one born of a woman shall be able to harm him. Thirdly, a crowned child holding a tree states that Macbeth will be safe until Great Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill.Shakespeare is a season of cultural and artistic events across , celebrating four hundred years of Shakespeare, his creative achievement and his profound influence on creative culture across the centuries.
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