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Macbeth Sample Lesson

This is the fourth lesson in the lessons plans included with the Macbeth Teaching Guide.  In this lesson, students begin working on the character chart (just one of the many worksheets that are included with the Macbeth Teaching Guide).  Students then view, read, and analyze the argument between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act 1, Scene 7.  Finally, students summarize the events of Act 1 by writing newspaper-style headlines for each scene.

Character Chart

  1. Distribute Character Chart Handout  
  2. Enter Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Duncan, and Malcolm into chart.  

Film Viewing

  1. Begin film and watch until 1.7 (Macbeth’s indecision soliloquy).  

Reading

  1. Read Macbeth’s soliloquy at the beginning of 1.7. 
  2. Stop to talk about what he is thinking. 
  3. Then read the rest of 1.7, in which Lady Macbeth argues for the murder  

Argument Analysis

Make a T-Chart (on the board – students copy into their notes) listing Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s arguments for and against murdering Duncan.  Get the students to give you the answers.   Your chart should end up looking something like this:

FOR (Lady Macbeth) AGAINST (Macbeth
  • Don't be chicken!
  • Don't be afraid to go out and get what you want.
  • You'll regret it and feel like a coward if you don't go for it.
  • It will make you more of a man.
  • You said you would do it.
  • I would do it if I were you.
  • It will be easy.
  • Karma - do something bad to someone and it will happen to you later.
  • Duncan is family, and he is my King.
  • I am his host and should protect him.
  • He is a great King and has been very kind.
  • I don't have a good reason to kill Duncan, only my own ambition.
  • Duncan has honoured me lately.

Act 1 Headlines

  • To review the major events of the play thus far and to ensure students understand what is going on, students are to write headlines for each scene in act 1.  
  • Students can work with a partner or individually.  
  • Students must write one headline for each scene. 
  • The headline must convey the important events of the scene.  
  • Students should feel free to be creative and funny, just as long as they fulfil the requirements of the assignment – to show they know what happened in each scene.

Headline Example for Scene 1:   Three Witches Want to Meet Macbeth  

  • Ask students to share their headlines and discuss whether or not they convey the important information.

 

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True History of Macbeth

Shakespeare’s portrait of a great tragic hero, whose fate was linked to black magic and fuelled by the fire of greed and ambition, bears little resemblance to the historical figure. Duncan (1034-40) was not Shakespeare’s venerable, elderly monarch, but a young king who was killed in battle, possibly by Macbeth, although this is not certain. We do know that Duncan was not murdered in the home of a so-called host.

Macbeth, King of Moray, was elected King of Scotland in place of Duncan’s son Malcolm, who was only a child, and for 14 years Macbeth is believed to have ruled equably, imposing law and order and encouraging devout Christianity. In 1050 he is known to have travelled to Rome for a Papal Jubilee. He was also a brave leader and made successful forays over the border into Northumbria, England.

In 1054, Macbeth was challenged by Siward, Earl of Northumbria, who was attempting to return Malcolm (later Malcolm III) to the throne. It was not until 1057 that Macbeth was killed and not by MacDuff but in battle at Lumphanan. The battle of Dunsinane and the encampment in Birnam Wood referred to in Shakespeare’s tragedy are both earlier events. The final battle was probably not between armies, but between two champions – Macbeth, who was middle-aged or even elderly, and Malcolm, still a young man. The two fought in a stone circle near Lumphanan where Malcolm triumphed. It was Malcolm, not Macduff, who beheaded Macbeth.

Macbeth’s stepson, Lulach (1057-8), was proclaimed king and, up until his death at Essie in Aberdeenshire, he continued to challenge Malcolm III (1057-93).

Synopsis of Shakespeare's Macbeth

The first act of the play opens amidst thunder and lightning with the Three Witches deciding that their next meeting shall be with Macbeth. In the following scene, a wounded sergeant reports to King Duncan of Scotland that his generals  – Macbeth, who is the Thane of Glamis, and Banquo  – have just defeated the allied forces of Norway and Ireland, who were led by the traitor Macdonwald. Macbeth, the King's kinsman, is praised for his bravery and fighting prowess.

The scene changes. Macbeth and Banquo enter, discussing the weather and their victory ("So foul and fair a day I have not seen"). As they wander onto a heath, the Three Witches enter, who have waited to greet them with prophecies. Even though Banquo challenges them first, they address Macbeth. The first witch hails Macbeth as "Thane of Glamis", the second as "Thane of Cawdor", and the third proclaims that he shall "be King hereafter". Macbeth appears to be stunned to silence, so again Banquo challenges them. The witches inform Banquo that he will father a line of kings, though he himself will not be one. While the two men wonder at these pronouncements, the witches vanish, and another thane, Ross, a messenger from the King, arrives and informs Macbeth of his newly bestowed title: Thane of Cawdor. The first prophecy is thus fulfilled. Immediately, Macbeth begins to harbour ambitions of becoming king.

Macbeth writes to his wife about the witches' prophecies. When Duncan decides to stay at the Macbeths' castle at Inverness, Lady Macbeth hatches a plan to murder him and secure the throne for her husband. Although Macbeth raises concerns about the regicide, Lady Macbeth eventually persuades him, by challenging his manhood, to follow her plan.

On the night of the king's visit, Macbeth kills Duncan. The deed is not seen by the audience, but it leaves Macbeth so shaken that Lady Macbeth has to take charge. In accordance with her plan, she frames Duncan's sleeping servants for the murder by planting bloody daggers on them. Early the next morning, Lennox, a Scottish nobleman, and Macduff, the loyal Thane of Fife, arrives. A porter opens the gate and Macbeth leads them to the king's chamber, where Macduff discovers Duncan's corpse. In a feigned fit of anger, Macbeth murders the guards before they can protest their innocence. Macduff is immediately suspicious of Macbeth, but does not reveal his suspicions publicly. Fearing for their lives, Duncan's sons flee, Malcolm to England and Donalbain to Ireland. The rightful heirs' flight makes them suspects and Macbeth assumes the throne as the new King of Scotland as a kinsman of the dead king.

Despite his success, Macbeth remains uneasy about the prophecy about Banquo. So Macbeth invites him to a royal banquet and discovers that Banquo and his young son, Fleance, will be riding out that night. He hires two men to kill them, while a third murderer also appears in the park before the murder. While the assassins kill Banquo, Fleance escapes. At the banquet, Banquo's ghost enters and sits in Macbeth's place. Only Macbeth can see the spectre; the rest panic at the sight of Macbeth raging at an empty chair, until a desperate Lady Macbeth orders them to leave.

Macbeth, disturbed, visits the Three Witches once more. They conjure up three spirits with three further warnings and prophecies, which tell him to "beware Macduff," but also that "none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" and he will "never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him". Since Macduff is in exile in England, Macbeth assumes that he is safe; so he puts to death everyone in Macduff's castle, including Macduff's wife and their young children.

Lady Macbeth becomes wracked with guilt from the crimes she and her husband have committed. She sleepwalks and tries to wash imaginary bloodstains from her hands, all the while speaking of the terrible things she knows.

In England, Macduff is informed by Ross that "Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes / Savagely slaughter'd." Macbeth, now viewed as a tyrant, sees many of his thanes defecting. Malcolm leads an army, along with Macduff and Englishmen Siward (the Elder), the Earl of Northumberland, against Dunsinane Castle. While encamped in Birnam Wood, the soldiers are ordered to cut down and carry tree limbs to camouflage their numbers, thus fulfilling the witches' third prophecy. Meanwhile, Macbeth delivers a soliloquy ("Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow)" upon his learning of Lady Macbeth's death (the cause is undisclosed, and some assume that she committed suicide, as Malcolm's last reference to her reveals "'tis thought, by self and violent hands / Took off her life").

A battle culminates in the slaying of the young Siward and Macduff's confrontation with Macbeth. Macbeth boasts that he has no reason to fear Macduff, for he cannot be killed by any man born of woman. Macduff declares that he was "from his mother's womb / Untimely ripp'd" (i.e., born by Caesarean section) and was not "of woman born" (this is an example of a literary quibble). Macbeth realizes, too late, that he has misinterpreted the witches' words. Macduff beheads Macbeth off stage and thereby fulfills the last of the prophecies.

Although Malcolm is placed on the throne and not Fleance, the witches' prophecy concerning Banquo, "Thou shalt [be]get kings", was known to the audience of Shakespeare's time to be true, for James VI of Scotland (later also James I of England) was supposedly a descendant of Banquo.

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