ENG 2D : Prophesies and Manipulation

Our goal today is to understand how characters (the Witches and Lady Macbeth) manipulate the central character. While we briefly read Act I Scene iii last week, let’s watch it today.

Act I scene v begins with Lady Macbeth reading a letter from her husband explaining recent events. However, we are more interested in her response to the letter than the letter itself.

In your notebook, please do the following:

  1. find three lines that indicate that Lady Macbeth thinks her husband is too soft to take full advantage of the prophesy
  2. find three lines that indicate Lady Macbeth’s willingness to do anything to fulfill the prophesy

We will read the modern version of Act I scene vi. First, however, I’d like to present you with another scenario. I will give you 5 minutes to respond:

Imagine that your parents receive a call tonight explaining that the person (or group of people) they admire the most in the entire world will be visiting your home on the weekend. This person can be anyone you wish: the Pope, a great writer, the cast of the Walking Dead…it doesn’t matter.

In your response, explain the lengths to which your parents would go to prepare for their arrival.

Finally, we will watch Act I Scene vii together. As we watch, we need to consider the manipulative language used by Lady Macbeth to strengthen her husband’s resolve.


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