Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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Exit
MACBETH exits.
Alarums. Enter MACDUFF
Trumpets and battle sounds. MACDUFF enters.

MACDUFF

That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face!
If thou beest slain, and with no stroke of mine,
My wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still.
I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
20Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth,
Or else my sword with an unbattered edge
I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be;
By this great clatter, one of the greatest note
Seems bruited. Let me find him, Fortune,
25And more I beg not.

MACDUFF

The noise is coming from over there. Tyrant, show your face! If someone other than me kills you, the ghosts of my wife and children will haunt me forever. I can’t be bothered to fight these lame soldiers who only fight for money. I’ll either fight you, Macbeth, or else I’ll put down my sword unused. You must be over there. By the great noise, it sounds like one of the highest-ranking men is being announced. I hope I find him! I ask for nothing more than that.
Exit. Alarums
MACDUFF exits. More battle noises.
Enter MALCOLM and SIWARD
MALCOLM and old SIWARD enter.

SIWARD

This way, my lord. The castle’s gently rendered.
The tyrant’s people on both sides do fight,
The noble thanes do bravely in the war,
The day almost itself professes yours,
30And little is to do.

SIWARD

Come this way, my lord. The castle has been surrendered without a fight. Macbeth’s soldiers are fighting on both sides. Our noblemen are battling bravely. The victory is almost yours, and it seems like there’s not much left to do.

MALCOLM

     We have met with foes
That strike beside us.

MALCOLM

Our enemies fight as if they’re trying not to hurt us.

SIWARD

Enter, sir, the castle.

SIWARD

Sir, enter the castle.
Exeunt. Alarums
They exit. Battle noises continue.