Act 5 scene 8

Characters: Macbeth, Malcolm, siward, ross, Macduff

Time: unknown

Location: dunsinane

Events: Macduff and Macbeth duel and Macbeth is slain in single combat. Malcolm, Siward and Ross talk of the successful battle. They talk of how honorable a man Macduff was believing him to be dead. Macduff enters with the bloody head of Macbeth and acknowledges Malcolm as King of Scotland. Malcolm takes the title with pride and talks of freeing the country from the tyrant Macbeth.

Quote: “We shall not spend a large expense of time
Before we reckon with your several loves,
And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen,
Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland
In such an honour named. What’s more to do,
Which would be planted newly with the time,
As calling home our exiled friends abroad
That fled the snares of watchful tyranny;
Producing forth the cruel ministers
Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen,
Who, as ’tis thought, by self and violent hands
Took off her life; this, and what needful else
That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace,
We will perform in measure, time and place:
So, thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crown’d at Scone.”

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