Lady Macbeth's insanity becomes clear... First her Doctor and a Gentlewoman discuss Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking and talking
to herself and then we, the audience see this for ourselves.
Lady Macbeth makes her famous speech that she
cannot wipe away the blood on her hands (or her guilt), indicating that her battle to suppress her guilty conscience has failed
Macbeth's enemies gather near his castle at Dunsinane as Macbeth strongly fortifies his castle.
We learn that Macbeth's hold on Scotland is less than absolute...
Macbeth prepares to defiantly fight his
enemies armed with the prophecy that he will only be defeated when the nearby Birnam Wood moves on his castle. Macbeth now
learns of the ten thousand strong army against him. Seyton confirms this bad news and Macbeth prepares to fight his enemies
recalling the Birnam Wood prophecy once more as a source of comfort...
With his troops loyally around him,
Malcolm orders each man to cut down a branch from the nearby Birnam Wood as his army now camouflaged under an umbrella of
Birnam Wood, head towards Macbeth's castle at Dunsinane.
Macbeth laughs off his enemies' numbers, certain
of the Birnam Wood prophecy and equally certain that his fortifications should laugh off any attack.
a women's cry later learning that Lady Macbeth is dead. Macbeth coldly shrugs the news that his once "dearest chuck," is dead
with complete apathy. Macbeth learns that Birnam Wood or rather Malcolm's forces are moving on his castle. Realizing what
this means, Macbeth nonetheless defiantly sets off to meet his destiny...
Malcolm's men drop their leafy camouflage
and the battle begins...
Macbeth fights Siward killing him. Macbeth is now confronted by Macduff, a man he
has consciously avoided and one, he refuses to fight.
Macbeth famously exclaims that he has lived a charmed
life and is unable to be killed by a man, naturally born.
Macduff now explains that he has born by Caesarian
section and the two men fight, Macbeth dying and order being restored when Malcolm is hailed as the new King of Scotland...