Macbeth Timeline

Timeline created by zachherring7
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    Macbeth Meets the Three Witches

    Macbeth Meets the Three Witches
    Macbeth and Banquo encounter three strange witches who offer them three prophecies. The first is that Macbeth will become the new Thane of Cawdor. Second, Macbeth will succeed Duncan and become king. Lastly, Banquo will not become a king himself but will father a bloodline of kings.
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    The Thane of Cawdor is Executed

    The Thane of Cawdor is Executed
    The original Thane of Cawdor is executed for his treasonous crimes, King Duncan names Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor. The first prophecy has come true.
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    The Murderous Plot

    The Murderous Plot
    Lady Macbeth forms a plan to murder King Duncan while he sleeps. After Duncan is murdered, the hope is that Macbeth will become king.
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    The Death of King Duncan

    The Death of King Duncan
    Macbeth carries out the plan to murder Duncan after some encouragement from his loving wife. Duncan's guards are framed with the murder and Macbeth remains unsuspected.
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    The Rough Night

    The Rough Night
    The awful deed has been done and there is blood on the hands of Macbeth. Already, Macbeth has become stricken with guilt and he cannot sleep. Lady Macbeth is left to place the bloodied blade at the hands of the guards.
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    Macduff's Arrival

    Macduff's Arrival
    Lennox and Macduff arrive at the castle. suspicion arises as to who actually murdered the king. Banquo begins to question these sequences of events stating, "let us meet and question this most bloody piece of work to know it further" (2.3. 121-124.).
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    Macbeth Becomes King

    Macbeth Becomes King
    Duncan's sons Malcolm and Donalbain flee the kingdom and Macbeth is left to be king. This fulfills the second prophecy given by the witches.
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    The Meeting

    The Meeting
    The Old Man speaks with Ross and Macduff. The Old Man says that in seventy years has he never seen a night as strange and terrible as this one. Macduff becomes suspicious.