2D 2014: The End

Today, we will watch the end of Macbeth. Though we have seven scenes to go, these scenes are extremely short; In fact, the eight scenes only take about 20 minutes to perform.

Here is how we will address the best final act ever written:

Act V Scene ii: a group of nobles discus the forces that are aligning against Macbeth. Pay particular attention the beautifully crafted line about giants and dwarves. By the way, this short scene concludes with the nobles announcing their intention to march their forces to a very specific location (I wonder what that might be…)

Act V Scene iii: A brilliant scene. Pay attention to Macbeth’s anger and persistence in the face of overwhelming odds.

Act V Scene iv: Birnam Wood, ladies and gents…

Act V Scene v: We will watch this scene. Listen for these lines:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Act V Scene vi: In this very short scene. the nobles (including Macbeth) discuss basic strategy.

Act V Scene vii:  Macbeth is confronted by one of the rebels, but dispatches him quickly. Before he does, however, he explains that he is “tied to the stake.” The scene concludes with Macduff; pay attention to his words…

Act V Scene viii: The great confrontation. Best. Lines. Ever. The last prophesy revealed. What else could you want?



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