Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

A Scottish knight Macbeth, who got a lot of victories for the glory of King Duncan, receives a prophecy from three witches. According to their words, he was to be a King of Scotland. Macbeth believes them. His wife also desires it, so she encourages him. Macbeth takes everything upon himself and kills Duncan. He accuses Duncan’s heirs of this crime. The young Princes have to escape from the country. The prophecy comes true and Macbeth becomes a King. But it ruins his soul. The throne of the usurper is shaky, and the legal heirs are already preparing a mutiny… The tragedy is partly based on a true biography of Scottish King Macbeth although he was credited with committing crimes and having relationship with evil spirits. The real Macbeth was not involved in such dark attitudes.

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Thunder and lightning. Out of the foggy air come three ugly old women, dressed in black. They are witches.

1st Witch: When shall we three meet again,

In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

2nd Witch: When the fighting is all done,

When the battle’s lost and won.

3rd Witch: Before night covers everyone.

1st Witch: Where’s the place?

2nd Witch: Upon the heath.

3rd Witch: There to meet with Macbeth!

All Witches: Fair is foul and foul is fair,

Flying through the dark and foggy air!

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Act one, Scene two

King Duncan and some thanes at a camp, some distance from the battle. Enter Malcolm, the King’s eldest son, with a wounded soldier.

Duncan: Who is that poor man? His wounds are bleeding. Surely he can tell us how the battle’s going.

Malcolm: This is the captain, who by his bravery, saved me from certain death.

Duncan: Welcome, brave friend! Tell me all you know. How was the battle going when you had to leave?

Captain: For a long time, it was still in doubt. The rebel force was strong – their men fought well. Then brave Macbeth – for brave he surely is, fought till he reached the rebels’ wicked leader. Then, bloody sword in hand, he faced the traitor. And with one blow, cut him almost in two. And put the traitor’s head upon our castle wall, where all can see it and be glad.

Duncan: Oh, brave Macbeth, what a great man he is!

Captain: The battle was not over, King of Scotland. Some rebels turned and ran, but others came. Fresh soldiers then began to fight against us.

Duncan: And were not Macbeth – and Banquo too, Alarmed by this?

Captain: Are lions alarmed by hares? Our two great thanes began to fight fiercely. With their strong swords they cut and cut again.

…But help me sir, my wounds are deep, I bleed…

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