Wednesday, April 17, 2013
active reading notes
In a cavern with a bubbling cauldron in the middle
Thunder and the three witches enter
They speak in rhyme and cast a spell
She commends the three witches for a job well done.
Macbeth asks how the witches know what they know. He wants to see more.
They call apparitions for him to see.
The first says beware the thane of Fife!
Macbeth says thanks
The second is a bloody child, he speaks Macbeth, no man born from a woman shall harm Macbeth.
The third is a child crowned with a tree in his hand he says that when the forest comes to the castle Macbeth would be undone. Macbeth laughs on these premonitions saying that no man shall ever touch him for all men are born of women, and the forest will never meet the castle because trees cannot move themselves.
The witches warn him not to want to see more but he will not be swayed.
Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo and a line of eight kings. He asks how should Banquo bear a line of kings?
The witches vanish with Hecate.
Macbeth throws a bit of a fit.
Macbeth asks if he saw the weird sisters and lennox answers no.
Fife at macduff’s castle
Enter Lady macduff, her son, and Ross
Ross tells lady Macduff that her husband has fled. Lady Macduff is very upset at her husband’s running away. She tells her children that their father is dead. Her son questions her and they discuss it a bit.
Enter a messenger
The messenger tells lady Macduff that she should leave and take her children with her. She does not know where to go and she does not think that anyone would come to kill her and her children because they have done nothing wrong.
The first asks where Macduff is, there is some argument and they kill young macduff and then the rest of the family.
England before the king’s palace
Enter Malcolm and Macduff
Macduff tries to talk Malcolm into returning to scottland, but Malcolm is afraid. He thinks that if he returns he will be a worse king. Macduff assures him that there is not a demon in hell that could make a worse king than Macbeth. Malcolm confesses feelings of greed and fears he would cause ruin. Macduff tells him that Scotland is already in ruin.
Enter a doctor
He is asked if the king comes to see them, he is told yes, and they speak of the king.
Ross is asked about the current affairs of Scotland. He tells of an evil place full of greed, malice and violence. Where people are dying all the time. Macduff asks after his family to which Ross tells him they were alive when he left. Macduff tells Ross of how the king of England has granted them ten thousand men to use to defeat Macbeth. Macduff asks Ross why he seems to be hiding something. Ross tells him that it is something for his ears only. Ross tells Macduff of the rumor that Macbeth’s men have slaughtered Macduff’s wife and children. Malcolm tells Macduff to turn his sadness and anger into rage to use against Macbeth.