The dead kings sons fleeMalcolm to England and.Learning that Macduff is joining Malcolms army, Macbeth orders the slaughter of Macduffs wife and children.Soon thereafter Macbeth discovers that he has indeed been made thane of Cawdor, which leads him to believe the rest of the prophecy.

On his way to see the king, Macbeth and his friend, Banquo, meet the three witches on the dark moor.See a complete list of the characters in Macbeth and in-depth analyses of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, The Three Witches, Banquo, and Macduff.

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