Study Guide

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 2

By William Shakespeare

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Act 5, Scene 2

  • A bunch of Scottish noblemen converge in the country near Dunsinane, where Macbeth keeps his castle.
  • On their heels, heading for Birnam, is the English army, led by Malcolm, Malcom's Uncle Siward, and Macduff. Oh, and a bunch of young Scottish men have taken up arms with the English army.
  • This is not looking good for Macbeth.
  • Some dude name Cathness informs the group that the tyrant King is hell-bent on protecting Dunsinane. It's pretty clear that his actions are in his own interests and not the nation's.
  • Everyone agrees that Macbeth's a lousy king and needs to go.

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