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MacBeth in Pop Culture

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Gillian McCarthy

on 29 January 2013

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So, Think You Know Macbeth? Everyone tells you that Shakespeare is universal; that we still study it in school because it transcends time, language and culture. Yet somehow, it's hard to imagine how it is applicable to our lives today... Lots of new movies, music and TV shows have borrowed from Macbeth- especially from the witches! All the bad guys want to be like Macbeth! Beauty and the Beast Macbeth-Style Bank Robbery Your Story! Harry Potter Something Wicked This Way Comes Sesame Street Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen The Lion King (The Lyin' King?) Animaniacs You've been watching versions of Macbeth your whole life! Scar kills Mufasa to become king This movie title come from one of the witches' spells Another title borrowed from the witches' spells The witches have been helping teach kids to share since 1972! Even everyone's favourite wizards borrowed from Macbeth's witches! Do you hear what Gaston and Lady M have in common? According to police in Manchester, New Hampshire, a man robbed a bank Saturday morning after first disguising himself as a tree. These popular TV shows and movies have re-enacted some of the most memorable parts of MacBeth Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to go ahead with the murder Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plot to kill King Duncan Macbeth murders Duncan Duncan comes to stay at Macbeth’s castle The Simpsons The three witches The robbery took place about 9 a.m. at a Citizens Bank branch in downtown Manchester. Police said that a man with "tree branches duct-taped on his person," entered the bank shortly after it opened. He demanded money, but did not display any weapons. That is, as the security camera footage shows, the man's branches, or more accurately, his leafy twigs, clearly were not large enough for potential use as a weapon and seemed instead to be intended to conceal his identity. Detective Sgt. Ernie Goodno noted that the subject had used tree branches "as if he was trying to camouflage himself in the woods." Using the worksheet, retell Macbeth's Act 1, scene vii in one of these styles:
you and your friends
your favourite tv show characters
in the future
animals
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