To be thus is nothing;
But to be safely thus.--Our fears in Banquo
Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
Reigns that which would be fear'd: 'tis much he dares;
And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
To act in safety. There is none but he
Whose being I do fear: and, under him,
My Genius is rebuked; as, it is said,
Mark Antony's was by Caesar. He chid the sisters
When first they put the name of king upon me,
And bade them speak to him: then prophet-like
They 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,
Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding. If 't be so,
For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind;
For them the gracious Duncan have I murder'd;
Put rancours in the vessel of my peace
Only for them; and mine eternal jewel
Given to the common enemy of man,
To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!
Rather than so, come fate into the list.
And champion me to the utterance! Who's there!
QUESTIONs: - please write your answer in your notes:
1. What imagery do you see in your mind's eye?
2. Why is Macbeth upset?
3. Where does the tone shift?
(Click for full 2010 movie)
Excerpt from: ACT III Scene IV
Thanks for that:LADY MACBETH
There the grown serpent lies; the worm that's fled
Hath nature that in time will venom breed,
No teeth for the present. Get thee gone: to-morrow
We'll hear, ourselves, again.
My royal lord,MACBETH
You do not give the cheer: the feast is sold
That is not often vouch'd, while 'tis a-making,
'Tis given with welcome: to feed were best at home;
From thence the sauce to meat is ceremony;
Meeting were bare without it.
May't please your highness sit.MACBETH
The GHOST OF BANQUO enters, and sits in MACBETH's place
Here had we now our country's honour roof'd,ROSS
Were the graced person of our Banquo present;
Who may I rather challenge for unkindness
Than pity for mischance!
His absence, sir,MACBETH
Lays blame upon his promise. Please't your highness
To grace us with your royal company.
QUESTIONs: - please write your answer in your notes -
4. What does Macbeth see?
5. And how does he react?
6. What excuse does Lady Macbeth make for her husband?
Watch this clip for answers and an intense performance by Ian McKellan and Judi Dench
Plus - A 1961 TV version with Sean Connery as Macbeth