Macbeth Author:William Shakespeare, Samuel Thurber Jr (Ed), R Adelaide Witham (Ed) Macbeth and Banquo, who are generals serving King Duncan of Scotland, meet three witches who prophesy that Macbeth will become thane of Cawdor, then king, and that Banquo will beget kings. Soon thereafter Macbeth is indeed made thane of Cawdor, which leads him to believe the rest of the prophecy. He tells Lady Macbeth, who plots to kill Duncan w... more »hen he spends a night at Macbeth's castle. Spurred by his wife, Macbeth kills Duncan, and the murder is discovered by Macduff. Duncan's sons Malcolm and Donalbain flee the country, fearing for their lives. As a result they are suspected of murdering their father, and Macbeth becomes king.
Worried by the witches' prophecy, Macbeth arranges the death of Banquo, though Banquo's son escapes. Banquo's ghost haunts Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth is driven to madness by her guilt. Learning that Macduff is joining Malcolm's army, Macbeth orders the slaughter of Macduff's wife and children. Lady Macbeth dies; Macbeth is killed in battle by Macduff. Malcolm then becomes the rightful king.« less