2THE SETTING SCOTLAND 1100 A.D. SCOTLAND IS DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS OF LAND
3Characters Duncan is the king EACH SECTION “OWNED” BY A THANE Map of Macbeth's Scotland
4Characters…cont.Characters are called “Thane of Glamis” or “Glamis” as well as their names (Macbeth)Banquo (Macbeth’s friend)Ross and Angus (just guys)Malcolm and Donalbain (sons of Duncan – princes)WITCHES!
5The PLOT Witches! Plan to meet with Macbeth Battlefield Soldier tells of the battleMacbeth was brave!Cawdor was a traitor!King decides to have Cawdor executed and give “Thane of Cawdor” to Macbeth
6The PLOT Before Macbeth gets word of his new title MEETS THE WITCHES! Prophecies for MacbethThane of Glamis!Thane of Cawdor!King hereafter!Prophecies for BanquoLesser than Macbeth and greaterNot so happy, yet much happierShall beget kings, though not be king
7The PLOT – cont. Witches vanish! Banquo and Macbeth laugh it off King’s men announce:Macbeth is the new Thane of Cawdor!Macbeth starts to think he might also become king!
8Wednesday – April 29 ACT I, scene iv-v Scene iv opens at Forres, King Duncan’s castle.Duncan and Malcolm discuss the execution of the Thane of Cawdor.Macbeth and Banquo enterDuncan tells Macbeth he has plans for him!Duncan announces that Malcolm (Prince of Cumberland) will be next in line to be kingDuncan says he will now visit Macbeth at Inverness
9Act I, scene v Scene v opens at Inverness, Macbeth’s castle Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth
10Lady Macbeth reads the letter: It tells of the witches!Lady thinks:Macbeth is Glamis!Macbeth is Cawdor!He’s going to be KING!But I’m afraid he is not MAN enough to make it happen!Lady decides she will persuade Macbeth to take action!
11A messenger arrives! And says “The king will stay here tonight” Lady Macbeth can hardly believe her ears!She then delivers a soliloquyCome, Spirits!Take away my womanlinessFill me with cruelty!Come, Thick Night!Cover my dark deeds!Don’t let the heavens see what we are about to do!
12Enters Macbeth! Lady Macbeth greets him by calling him: Glamis! Cawdor! King hereafter!They talk of Duncan’s plans to spend the night.Lady says“Let’s kill him!”“Look innocent!”“Leave it all to me!”
13Thursday – April 30 Scene vi: Front of Macbeth’s Castle King Duncan (and others) arriveLady greets himMacbeth is not around…(off feeling guilty)
14Scene vii: A room in Macbeth’s castle Macbeth’s soliloquyI wish we could get this over with quickly!But what if one bad deed (killing Duncan) leads to more?Duncan is my guest and my king! I mustn’t do this!I don’t have the guts to do this!Only “vaulting ambition”
15Lady Macbeth comes in and says: Where have you BEEN!?Macbeth says he doesn’t want to go through with the plan:I’ve just been honored!Lady taunts him:You have the desire to be king but no guts to make it happen!You are not a REAL MAN!
16Macbeth defends himself! I am too a man!Lady:But you would be MORE the man if you killed Duncan!You are “killing” this “baby” (killing the plan before it grows to result)Macbeth:But what if we FAIL?
17Lady lays out the murder plan: When King Duncan is asleepI’ll get the guards drunkThen you can sneak in and kill Duncan!Then we’ll blame the killing on the guards!Macbeth says:You should only have sons, never daughtersBecause you are made of such nasty, tough stuff!All right; let’s do it.
18ACT II Scene: Macbeth’s castle Banquo and his son Fleance Talk of how dark the night is
19Macbeth enters… Banquo says: Macbeth says: I dreamed about the Weird Sisters (witches)Macbeth says:I don’t think about themBut now that you mentioned it…It will benefit you to be loyal to me…
20Banquo and Fleance exit… Macbeth sees a bloody dagger!Macbeth’s soliloquy!Is this a dagger?I can see you…but not touch you!This is just like the dagger I’m going to use to kill Duncan!It’s leading me to his bedchamber!Oh dark world…hear not what is about to happen…
21Macbeth is still talking… Too many words cools off my courage to do the deed!A bell sounds! It’s the signal from Lady that everything is ready!Macbeth says it is Duncan’s funeral knell.
22Scene ii: Still in the castle Lady Macbeth:The liquor has made her feel bold!A hoot from an owl!A cry from Macbeth!Lady:Has he messed up the plan?I had everything ready for him!In fact, I would have done it myself if he hadn’t looked like my father!
23Enters Macbeth—looking dazed and bloody I did it.Oh look at the mess on my handsThe guards cried out in their sleep!I thought I heard a voice “Sleep no more! Macbeth has murdered the innocence of sleep!”Lady:Knock it off!
24Lady: Macbeth: You’re talking crazy… Go wash your hands… WAIT! WHY DO YOU STILL HAVE THE DAGGERS?You were supposed to leave them with the guards!Macbeth:I can’t go back in there again!I won’t!Then I’LL do it! (You sissy!)
25While Lady is taking the daggers into the guards’ chambers… Macbeth:Wonders if he’ll ever be able to wash the blood off his handsLady returns:Look! My hands are red like yoursBut I’d be ashamed to have a white heart (fear) like yours!
26Knocking at the gate… Lady: Macbeth: Quickly! Wash our hands! Get into your nightclothes!MORE KNOCKING!Macbeth:I wish the knocking could wake up Duncan!
27Act II, Scene iii - Porter Porter answers the gateMacduff and Lenox arriveLennox: “The night has been unruly…”Macbeth: “’Twas a rough night.”Macduff: “O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heartCannot conceive nor name thee!”
28Murder discovery… Macduff says to Lady Macbeth: O gentle lady, 'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak:The repetition, in a woman's ear,Would murder as it fell.
29Macbeth says to Donalbain and Malcolm: The spring, the head, the fountain of your bloodIs stopp'd; the very source of it is stopp'd.
30When Macbeth says he killed the guards (in fury)… Macduff asks: “Wherefore did you so?”Macbeth replies: “Who can be wise, amazed, temperate and furious, Loyal and neutral, in a moment?”
31The thanes plan to meet in the hall to decide what to do! But Malcolm says to Donalbain:“What will you do? Let's not consort with them: To show an unfelt sorrow is an officeWhich the false man does easy. I'll to England.”
32Malcolm and Donalbain decide to leave: Donalbain says: To Ireland, I; our separated fortuneShall keep us both the safer: where we are,There's daggers in men's smiles: the near in blood,The nearer bloody.
33Act II, Scene iv: outside Macbeth’s castle Ross and Old Man: Strange things have been happening!Here comes Macduff!Ross: Who killed the king?Macduff: They say the chamberlains did it.Ross: Why?
34Macduff is suspicious: “They were suborn'd:Malcolm and Donalbain, the king's two sons,Are stol'n away and fled; which puts upon themSuspicion of the deed.”
35Macbeth shall be king! Ross: “Then 'tis most like The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.”Macduff: “He is already named, and gone to Scone To be invested.”
36Ross: “Will you to Scone?” Macduff: “No, cousin. I’ll to Fife.”Ross says he’s going to Scone to see Macbeth crowned.Macduff says: “may you see things well done there: adieu!Lest our old robes sit easier than our new!---END OF ACT II---
37ACT III Secne i Banquo begins to suspect Macbeth! “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,As the weird women promised, and, I fear,Thou play'dst most foully for't.”
38Macbeth talks to Banquo Macbeth: Here’s our chief guest!...Supper tonight?M: Ride you this afternoon?M: Is’t far you ride?We hear, our bloody cousins are bestow'dIn England and in Ireland, not confessingTheir cruel parricideM: Goes Fleance with you?
39Macbeth hires murderers M: “To be thus is nothing; But to be safely thus.M:Our fears in Banquo stick deepM: (talking about Banquo) He bade them speak to him: then prophet-likeThey hail'd him father to a line of kings:Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,And put a barren sceptre in my gripe
40Macbeth is still thinking: M: For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind;For them the gracious Duncan have I murder'd
41Macbeth talks to the murderers Remember how we talked yesterday?Remember how I explained that your suffering and low position are BANQUO’s fault?“We are men, my liege.”Yes, you are “men” just as curs and mongrels are also called “dogs.” (In other words, you are a miserable excuse for men.)
42Murders agree to kill Banquo Murderers say that their lives are miserable and worth risking to make betterMacbeth: I could just have him killed myself, but he and I have mutual friends who wouldn’t understand…Macbeth: “Within this hour at mostI will advise you where to plant yourselves”
43And Fleance, too… To leave no blotches in the work, kill Fleance too. Macbeth: “It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul's flight, If it find heaven, must find it out to-night.”
44Act III, Scene ii Lady Macbeth is also unsettled: “Nought's had, all's spent, Where our desire is got without content”Macbeth enters. Lady says:“Things without all remedyShould be without regard: what's done is done”Macbeth says: “We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it”
45Macbeth is unhappy… “better be with the dead, Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,Than on the torture of the mind to lieIn restless ecstasy.
46Macbeth tells Lady to be a good hostess… “O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!Thou know'st that Banquo, and his Fleance, lives.”ere the bat hath flownHis cloister'd flight…there shall be doneA deed of dreadful note.
47Act III, scene iii Murderers await Banquo and Fleance Banquo: “There will be rain tonight.”Murderers: “Let it come down!”Banquo: “Fly, Fleance, Fly!”
48Act III, scene iv: THE BANQUET! At the beginning of the scene, the murderer tells Macbeth of killing Banquo (“twenty trenched gashes on his head”)When Macbeth learns that Fleance got away, he says: “There the grown serpent lies. The worm that's fled Hath nature that in time will venom breed; No teeth for th' present
49Banquet continues… Macbeth tells everyone to sit down… “Here had we now our country's honor roofed,Were the graced person of our Banquo present,Who may I rather challenge for unkindnessThan pity for mischance.”
50Banquet…Macbeth can’t find a place to sit down because he sees someone sitting in his chair—Everyone at the banquet sees an empty chair, but Macbeth sees…
52Macbeth says incriminating things! “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shakeThy gory locks at me.”Lady tries to calm everyone:
53Lady tries to calm the guests: “Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thusAnd hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat.The fit is momentary; upon a thoughtHe will again be well. If much you note him,You shall offend him and extend his passion.Feed and regard him not.
54Lady to Macbeth (aside): “ARE YOU A MAN?!”Macbeth says: “Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on thatWhich might appall the devil.”Lady: “This is the very painting of your fear.This is the air-drawn dagger which you saidLed you to Duncan
55Listen to Lady chastise Macbeth! “These flaws and starts,Impostors to true fear, would well becomeA woman's story at a winter's fire,Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!Why do you make such faces? When all's done,You look but on a stool.”
56Macbeth says to Lady… The time has been That, when the brains were out, the man would die,And there an end. But now they rise againWith twenty mortal murders on their crownsAnd push us from our stools.”
57They return to the banquet-- Macbeth to his guests:“Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends.I have a strange infirmity, which is nothingTo those that know me. Come, love and health to all.Then I'll sit down. Give me some wine. Fill full.
58Macbeth offers a toast to Banquo (whom we miss) Macbeth sees Banquo again!Screams: “Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee.Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold.”
59Lady tries one more time to calm everyone down-- “Think of this, good peers,But as a thing of custom. 'Tis no other;Only it spoils the pleasure of the time.”
60Macbeth says (to the ghost): I am as brave as any other man. Come at me in the form of a rugged Russian bear, an armor-plated rhinoceros, or a tiger from Iran. Take any shape other than the one you have now and I will never tremble in fear. Or come back to life again and challenge me to a duel in some deserted place. If I tremble then, you can call me a little girl. Get out of here, you horrible ghost, you hallucination. Get out!
61The ghost leaves… Macbeth says: “Why so, being gone, I am a man again. Pray you sit still.”But Macbeth’s strange behavior has ruined the party.Lady says: “You have displaced the mirth, broke the good meeting,With most admired disorder.”
62Macbeth asks the guests how they can stay calm while looking at such things? They ask: What things?Lady interrupts: Don’t ask him questions!Leave! Party’s over!“Stand not upon the order of your going,But go at once.”
63Miserable Macbeth talks to Lady “It will have blood, they say. Blood will have blood.” (dead will get revenge)Why do you think Macduff doesn’t come to my parties?Macbeth “keeps a servant fed” in each of his thanes’ housesMacbeth says he will go see the weird sisters in the morning.
64Macbeth’s most famous line: “I am in bloodStepped in so far that, should I wade no more,Returning were as tedious as go o'er.”
65Lady says:“You lack the season of all natures, sleep.”
67Act III, scene iv (not on tape) Lennox and lord talk of suspicions of Macbeth:We’ve said that Duncan’s sons must have killed him…if we’re going to use that standard, it must be that Fleance killed Banquo…I heard that Macduff is on Macbeth’s bad side for not attending the banquet– Do you know where he is?To England to join up with Malcolm!
68ACT IV, scene I WITCHES! Brew! (read together) By the pricking of my thumbs,Something wicked this way comes.Open, locks,Whoever knocks!
691st Apparition (Armored Head) #1 Beware Macduff! Beware the Thane of Fife!M: Hmmm…I was already worried about Macduff.
702nd Apparition (Bloody child) “none of woman bornShall harm Macbeth”Ha! Then I don’t need to worry about Macduff…still, I’ll make extra sure and have him killed.
713rd Apparition (Crowned child holding a tree) Macbeth will not be defeated untilBirnam Wood comes toDunsinane HillGreat! That will never happen! – But tell me one more thing: “Shall Banquo's issue everReign in this kingdom?”
72Witches warn Macbeth: Seek to know no more! M: Answer me!
73SHOW OF KINGS8 kings, all looking like Banquo…the last is holding a mirror.When he holds up the mirror, it reflects more, more, more kings…Banquo “smiles upon [Macbeth]And points at them for his.”
74Witches vanish; Lennox enters Macbeth wonders if anyone else saw the weird sistersLennox: Nope. We just came to tell you that Macduff has fled to England!
75Macbeth reacts to this news The very firstlings of my heart shall beThe firstlings of my hand.The castle of Macduff I will surprise,Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' swordHis wife, his babes, and all unfortunate soulsThat trace him in his line.
76Act IV, scene ii – Macduff’s castle Ross tells Lady Macduff that her husband has gone to EnglandLady Macduff is distressed—Why did he leave us here?Even the small wren will fight against the owl if her babies are in peril…
77Lady Macduff talks to her child Note bird imageryBoy says clever things
78Messenger runs in: Don’t be found here! Murderers come in and ask where Macduff is.Lady Macduff says:“I hope, in no place so unsanctifiedWhere such as thou mayst find him.
79Act IV, scene iiiEngland – Malcolm and Macduff discuss the condition of Scotland.Malcolm tries to determine if Macduff is honestly trying to help Scotland or just spying for Macbeth.
80Ross arrives with heavy news… Ross tells Macduff that his family has been killed.Macduff will avenge his family’s deaths, but first he must “feel it as a man.”The men are incited for battle.