Act 2, Scene 3

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The king’s death becomes widely known.

Characters

PorterGuardian of the gates of Macbeth’s castle.MacduffThe Thane of Fife. He plans to wake Duncan, but instead discovers his body and vows to get revenge on his killer.LennoxA Thane who accompanies Macduff. He tells Macbeth about the bizarre storms he has observed, which he interprets as omens.MacbethDuncan's murderer feigns ignorance and outrage when Duncan’s murder is announced, killing the presumably guilty guards to cover his tracks under the guise of noble revenge.Lady MacbethThe lady of the house fakes emotional distress as news of Duncan’s death spreads.BanquoBanquo is horrified by Duncan’s murder and vows to exact revenge against the guilty parties.RossA Thane and guest of the Macbeths.MalcolmEldest son of Duncan and heir to the Throne of Scotland. Fearing for his life, he escapes to England.DonalbainYounger son of Duncan. Fearing for his life, he escapes to Ireland.

Summary

A porter hears knocking at the gate of Macbeth’s castle. It’s Macduff and Lennox, who have come to rouse Duncan. Macbeth arrives and tells them the king is still sleeping. Macduff heads off to wake the king, and promptly returns, screaming bloody murder. He wakes up the whole castle, including Lady Macbeth, who pretends to be shocked and horrified at the news. As planned, everyone suspects Duncan’s servants. Macbeth has gone to see the murder scene for himself, and when he comes back, he tells everyone that he’s killed the servants in a rather swift act of vengeance. Macduff is about to challenge Macbeth on his rash actions when Lady Macbeth fakes a fainting spell and distracts the men. Meanwhile, a horrified Malcolm and Donalbain make plans to flee Scotland. After all, if Duncan is dead, they’re in grave danger.

Performance: Porter, Lines 1-19

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Porter, Lines 1-19

Performance: Porter, Lines 22-32 (Not Lewd)

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Porter, Lines 22-32 (Not Lewd)

Performance: Porter, Lines 22-32 (Lewd)

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Porter, Lines 22-32 (Lewd)

Performance: Lennox, Lines 50-57a

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Lennox, Lines 50-57a

Performance: Macduff, Lines 60-70a

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Macduff, Lines 60-70a

Performance: Macbeth, Lines 88-93

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Macbeth, Lines 88-93

Performance: Lennox, Lines 98-102

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Lennox, Lines 98-102

Performance: Macbeth, Lines 105-115a

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Macbeth, Lines 105-115a

Performance: Malcolm, Lines 139b-144

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Performance: Malcolm, Lines 139b-144

Interview: Porter

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Interview: Porter

Interview: Macduff

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Interview: Macduff

Interview: Malcolm

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Interview: Malcolm

Interview: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

myShakespeare | Macbeth 2.3 Interview: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth