Macbeth Act 5 scenes 8 & 9

• Scene 8
• Macbeth is the only one defending Dunsinane while
Scottish and English forces take over the castle. He
goes out and faces Macduff. At first he is confident
he’ll win until he learns that Macduff was born via Csection. After that, he knows he’ll die and refuses to
fight. Macduff taunts him, they resume fighting and
Macbeth loses his head.
The purpose of this scene is to show and explain
how Macbeth realizes he has been tricked by the
witches. It also shows how he has failed due to his lust
for power. This also brings suspense in the entire
This scene has a lot of figures of speech and
literary devices. There is a classical allusion (Macbeth
refusing to play the “Roman fool”), chalk full of
wordplay, reveals new information (Macduff
revealing to be “strip’d from the womb”),
foreshadowing (Macbeth realizing he will die if he
fought him and imagery.
• Scene 9
• Malcolm and Siward arrive into Dunsinane. Siward
doesn’t know his son is dead when they arrive. Ross
meets the two and reveals to Siward that his son has
been killed. He accepts the fact and deems it alright.
Macduff meets Malcolm and Siward and presents the
head of Macbeth. Malcolm is proclaimed king and
gives his thanes and kinsmen the title of earl.
• Scene 9
• Scene nine reveals the last bit of ending information.
Malcolm gets crowned king and the good guys win.
This shows that in the end the tyrant always loses.
This can relate to real life and wars.
Scene 9
Scene nine does not have as much literary devices like scene eight.
It does reveal information and Malcom delivers a speech at the end
of the end of the scene once he is crowned king.
“ 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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