Learning check

1- Hot seat: Lady Macbeth

a) Prepare yourself by using your notes and discussing ideas with a partner to be hot-seated as Lady Macbeth. You will be asked to account for your actions and to explain your innermost feelings.

b) In pairs, prepare questions to ask Lady Macbeth about her reasons for acting the way she does and about her innermost feelings.

c) In class, choose a student to be hot-seated as Lady Macbeth and ask him or her your questions. Choose a new Lady Macbeth after 3-4 questions.

 

Text-related assignment

1. Written assignment: translation

Translate the following text into English.

 

I samme øjeblik Lady Macbeth læser det brev, hvori hendes mand fortæller om sit møde med heksene på heden og om deres spådom, beslutter hun at rydde alt af vejen, der kan hindre ham i at vinde den kongekrone, som overnaturlige magter lover ham. Alt må vige for denne ambition. Den første og største forhindring findes i hendes eget indre, og det er hun bevidst om. Hun ved også, at hun ikke kan fjerne denne hindring ved egen magt, og derfor påkalder hun mordånder for at afsværge sin natur som kvinde. Dermed klipper hun det bånd, der binder hende til Guds verden, og slutter nærmest en pagt med det onde.

Hun halvvejs lokker, halvvejs tvinger Macbeth til at gøre det samme. De når målet, men kun for at opdage, at skuffelse og frygt og den dybeste afsky venter dem dér, og der er ingen vej tilbage. De har brudt verdensordenen og givet de onde kræfter frit spil.

 

Text-related assignment

2. Written assignment: poem

Write a poem whose lines begin with the first letters of Lady Macbeth’s name. Include the word ‘evil’.

L

A

D

Y

M

A

C

B

E

T

H

 

 

Wider contexts

1. Historical, sociological and cultural context: knowledge about Shakespeare, his time and his theatre

Match question and answer.

When in doubt, find information on the internet.

Write the answer in the box with the question.

 

1. When did Shakespeare live?

 

 

 

1605/1606

2. At Shakespeare's time was England a Catholic or a Protestant country?

 

 

 

Boys

3. When was Macbeth written?

 

 

 

A reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre close to its original site

4. The Elizabethans believed that God created everything in a strict hierarchy that stretched from God down to the lowest things in existence. What was this hierarchy called?

 

 

 

Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth

5. What was “The Globe”?

 

 

 

Protestant

6. What is the Globe today?

 

 

 

Stratford-upon-Avon

7. Do you know the names of four great tragedies written by Shakespeare?

 

 

 

An open-air circular theatre where Shakespeare’s plays were performed from 1599 onwards

8. Where was Shakespeare born and buried?

 

 

 

1564-1616

9. When did James become King of England?

 

 

 

                   The Chain of Being

10. Where does Macbeth take place?

 

 

 

1603

11. When was Elisabeth I Queen of England?

 

 

 

Scotland

12. Who played the women's roles at Shakespeare’s time?

 

 

 

1558-1603

 

 

Wider contexts

2. Historical, sociological and cultural context: Macbeth retold in modernized versions

An Australian 2006 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth filmed in Melbourne uses a modern-day Melbourne gangster setting, and the actors deliver the dialogue in Australian accents.

 

Check the internet for this and other modernized versions of Macbeth. Give examples and discuss whether these versions are sacrilege or a relevant way to introduce Shakespeare to a modern audience.