Act 5 scene 6 OUTSIDE DUNSINANE CASTLE Drum and colours. Enter Malcolm, Siward, Macduff and their army with boughs Malcolm and his troops have reached Dunsinane under the “leafy screens” of the branches, thus fulfilling the prophecy of the apparitions: Birnam wood has come to Dunsinane.
Act 5 Scene 6 MALCOLM: Now near enough, your leafy screens throw down and show those like you are. You, worthy uncle, Shall with my cousin your right noble son lead our first battle. Worthy Macduff and we shall take upon’s what else remains to do, according to our order. This, the briefest of all the scenes, at a mere ten lines in length, enables the audience to follow the advancing forces of Malcolm and England virtually to the walls of Dunsinane castle.Two lines are worth commenting on: First, Malcolm announces that Siward, his “worthy uncle” shall lead the first battle, while Macduff and he complete the encounter “According to our order.” The phrasing of this, with the implication that Siward is to be revered for his age and experience, establishes very strongly the idea of propriety and orderliness in Malcolm’s army, in contrast with the comparative lawlessness and lovelessness of Macbeth’s regime.Like all other ‘sons’ apart from fleance and malcolm, young Siward too shall die.
Act 5 scene 7 SIWARD:…Do we but find the tyrant’s power tonight, let us be beaten if we cannot fight.MACDUFF: Make all our trumpets speak; give them all the breath, Those clamourous harbingers of blood and death. The second point occurs in the stirring final couplet, in which the trumpets sounding the advance are referred to as “harbingers of blood and death”; a harbinger is a sign of what is to come, a precursor of Destiny or Fate.The rhyming couplets are also used by the witches – whats about to happen is meant to bethe harbinger is also the third witches animal to which she calls ‘anon’ act 1 sne 1

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