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Copy of Macbeth

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Transcript of Copy of Macbeth

The 'Weird Sisters'
On stage & Screen
Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches

The Text
Act 1, Scene 1
Act 1, Scene 3
Definitions
The Witches
Macbeth
FIRST WITCH: When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
SECOND WITCH: When the hurly-burly's done,
When the battle's lost, and won.
THIRD WITCH: That will be ere the set of sun.
FIRST WITCH: Where the place?
SECOND WITCH: Upon the Heath.
THIRD WITCH: There to meet with Macbeth.
FIRST WITCH: I come, Graymalkin.
SECOND WITCH: Paddock calls anon.
ALL: Fair is foul, and foul is fair,
Hover through the fog and filthy air.

Exeunt.
The clips we watched are based on just these 12 lines, although Orson Welles borrowed lines from later scenes in the opening to his film.

What do you notice about the stage directions?
What are your impressions of the language Shakespeare chooses for the witches?
How are the witches presented?
From reading just this scene, what clues are there as to what will happen later on in the play?
Which version of “weird” are we supposed to choose?


Which version of the scene is best?

In your groups, decide how you
would direct this scene.

Think of how the directors in the three clips we watched presented the witches and how differently they used details not included in the original text.
Think about the features of the scene we have discussed.
How will you foreshadow later events?
How will you present the themes and motifs of the play?
What will be your setting?
L.O. To explore themes of the play introduced in Act 1, Scene 1 and how these can be presented on stage.
Peer Assess
Success criteria:
Think about the features we have discussed -
-Have they included details which
foreshadow
later events?
-Have they introduced the
themes
of the play?
-Does their
setting
'work' for this play?
Peer-assess someone's work from another group.
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Write your initials next to your comments.
Once you have your ideas as a group, work alone to write a
paragraph
explaining
how
you have chosen to direct this scene and
why
you have made these choices. Do you think your presentation of this scene would be
successful
? Why?
- Have they evaluated their idea?
'weird'
'wyrd'
'weyward'
'weyard'
Orson Welles
Roman Polanski
Gemma Bodinetz
Have you included details which
foreshadow
later events?
Have you introduced the
themes
of the play? How?
Does your
setting
'work' for this play? Why?
ACT I SCENE III
A heath near Forres.
Thunder. Enter the three Witches.

First Witch:
Where hast thou been, sister?
Second Witch:

Killing swine.
Third Witch:
Sister, where thou?
First Witch:
A sailor's wife had chestnuts in her lap,

And munch'd, and munch'd, and munch'd -
'Give me,' quoth I.
'Aroint thee, witch!' the rump-fed ronyon cries.
Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o' the Tiger:
But in a sieve I'll thither sail,
And, like a rat without a tail,


I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do.


Second Witch:
I'll give thee a wind.
First Witch:
Thou'rt kind.
Third Witch:
And I another.
First Witch:
I myself have all the other,
And the very ports they blow,
All the quarters that they know
I' the shipman's card.

I will
drain him dry as hay:
Sleep shall neither night nor day
Hang upon his pent-house lid;
He shall live a man forbid:
Weary se'n nights nine times nine
Shall he dwindle, peak and pine:
Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-tost.
Audience/historical context.
Why are the words repeated 3 times?
What does the witch mean by 'I'll do' ?
The witches offer and claim to use 'winds' - do they control the winds? What power(s) do you think they have?
What does the first witch plan to do? What does this tell us about the witches?

Drum within.
Third Witch:
A drum, a drum!
Macbeth doth come.
All:
The
weird sisters
, hand in hand,
Posters of the sea and land,
Thus do go about, about:

Thrice to thine and thrice to mine
And thrice again, to make up nine.

Peace! the charm's wound up.
Enter
Macbeth
and
Banquo
What is the effect of this line? What about 'charm'?
Look at the words used here? What is repeated? Look back to the start of the scene.

MACBETH:
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
BANQUO:
How far is't call'd to Forres?
What are these,
So wither'd and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth,
And yet are on't? Live you?
or are you aught
That man may question? You seem to understand me,
By each at once her choppy finger laying
Upon her skinny lips. You should be women,
And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
That you are so.
MACBETH:
Speak, if you can. What are you?

Macbeth's first line! This mirrors the witches' chanting in Act1; Scene1. What does this suggest about the witches and Macbeth?
What are Banquo's initial thoughts about the witches?
Macbeth commands the witches to speak - what does this suggest about him?
First Witch:
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
Second Witch:
All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
Third Witch:
All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!

BANQUO:

Good sir, why do you start;
and seem to fear
Things that do sound so fair? I' the name of truth,
Are ye fantastical, or that indeed
Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner
You greet with present grace and great prediction
Of noble having and of royal hope,
That he seems
rapt withal
: to me you speak not.
If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,

Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favours nor your hate.

The witches greet Macbeth with his title; his new title (he isn't aware of this yet); and the title of King.
Have the witches' words struck a chord with Macbeth?
Rapt = carried away with it all?
Play on words - "wrapt" = involved with everything.
Banquo does not 'fear' the witches - does Macbeth fear them?
First Witch:
Hail!
Second Witch:
Hail!
Third Witch:
Hail!
First Witch:
Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.
Second Witch:
Not so happy, yet much happier.
Third Witch:
Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none:
So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!
First Witch:
Banquo and Macbeth, all hail!
MACBETH:
Stay, you
imperfect speakers,
tell me more:

By Sinel's death I know I am thane of Glamis;
But how of Cawdor? the thane of Cawdor lives,
A prosperous gentleman; and to be king
Stands not within the prospect of belief,
No more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence
You owe this
strange intelligence?
or why
Upon this blasted heath you stop our way
With such prophetic greeting?
Speak, I charge you.


Witches vanish.
Just like in Scene 1, the witches speech combines opposing ideas/images - disturb the natural order with antithesis - their confusing power.
Macbeth's interest is piqued - he attempts to 'command' them to tell him more - tries to exert his own power?
'Imperfect speakers' = unintelligible/ leaving things unspoken - the witches have the power to confuse/disturb.
BANQUO:

The earth hath bubbles, as the water has
,
And these are of them. Whither are they vanish'd?
MACBETH:

Into the air;
and what seem'd
corporal
melted

As breath into the wind.
Would they had stay'd!
BANQUO:
Were such things here as we do speak about?
Or have we eaten on the
insane root

That takes the reason prisoner?
MACBETH:
Your children shall be kings.
BANQUO:

You shall be king.
MACBETH:

And thane of Cawdor too:
went it not so?
BANQUO:
To the selfsame tune and words. Who's here?

Enter
ROSS
and
ANGUS.
'corporal' = They seemed to be made of flesh but they have melted to nothing
Descriptions of nature for unnatural beings
'Insane root'- a plant which caused hallucinations/madness. Toxic powers?
We are reminded of the witches' prophecies just before Ross & Angus arrive to announce Macbeth
is
now Thane of Cawdor.
ROSS:
And, for an earnest of a greater honour,
He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor;
In which addition, hail, most worthy thane!
For it is thine.
BANQUO:

[Aside]
What, can the devil speak true?
MACBETH:
The thane of Cawdor lives:
why do you dress me
In borrow'd robes?


[...]

MACBETH:

[Aside]
Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor:
The greatest is behind.
To
ROSS and ANGUS.
Thanks for your pains.
MACBETH
To
BANQUO:

Do you not hope your children shall be kings,
When those that gave the thane of Cawdor to me
Promised no less to them?
BANQUO:
That trusted home
Might yet enkindle you unto the crown,
Besides the thane of Cawdor.
But
'tis strange:

And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray's
In deepest consequence.
Cousins, a word, I pray you.
Banquo warns Macbeth
"'tis strange" = it is unnatural/supernatural
Forces of evil will try to persuade us with trivial accuracies, but then mislead us on important matters.
MACBETH:

[Aside]

Two truths are told,
As happy prologues to the swelling act
Of the imperial theme. - I thank you, gentlemen. -
[Aside]
This
supernatural soliciting

Cannot be ill, cannot be good:
if ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of success,
Commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor:
If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose
horrid image
doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,
Against the use of nature? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings:

My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man that function

Is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is
But what is not.
BANQUO:
Look, how our partner's rapt.
MACBETH:

[Aside]


If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me,
Without my stir.
BANQUO:
New honors come upon him,
Like our
strange garments
, cleave not to their mould
But with the aid of use.
MACBETH:
[Aside]


Come what come may,
Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.
Dismisses the thought of Duncan's murder and he decides to let events run their natural course. However, in Scene 4, when Malcolm is named successor to the throne it appears the future is not going according to the witches' prophesy & Macbeth's thoughts will return to the murder of the king.
clothing imagery again!
Murder is only a thought but it has shaken me so much I cannot act.
Macbeth imagines himself as Duncan's murderer.
soliciting = prompting
Like the witches, Macbeth juxtaposes opposing ideas.
L.O. To analyse Act 1, Scene 3 and to make connections with the themes of control and power.
The witches words have come true?
Clothing imagery.
Is Banquo equating the witches with the Devil?
What words do we think of when we hear the word:
weird
?

Make a list on your organizer!
Definition #1
involving the supernatural

What are the implications if this is the right meaning?
Definition #2
strange, bizarre, unnatural

What are the implications if this is the right meaning?
Definition #3
concerned with fate or destiny

What are the implications if this is the right meaning?
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