By William Shakespeare
Act V – Study Guide
ACT V – SCENE I: Macbeth’s Castle - Dunsinane
1. What visions plague Lady Macbeth?
2. How does Lady Macbeth’s condition differ from Macbeth’s at this time?
ACT V – SCENE II: Countryside near Dunsinane
Briefly explain the conversation of these Scottish noblemen: Menteith,
Caithness, Angus and Lennox.
ACT V – SCENE III: Macbeth’s Castle - Dunsinane
1. What does Macbeth’s opening speech reveal to us?
2. What doe Macbeth’s speech to Seyton reveal to us?
3. What does Macbeth resolve to do? Why?
ACT V – SCENE IV: Birnam Woods
1. What news does Seyton bring Macbeth?
The final soliloquy of Macbeth is one of the most famous passages of this
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable to recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.
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,
2. Life four things to which Macbeth compare life
3. How does Macbeth express the span of life?
4. How does he express the futility of life?
ACT V – SCENE VI: Dunsinane – outside of Macbeth’s Castle
1. What is happening here?
ACT V – SCENE VII: Within the castle walls.
1. Explain the action in this final scene and Malcolm’s speech at the end.