01.10 Macbeth: The Power of Words Worksheet
Step 1: Character Interpretation
Earlier in this lesson you read two different interpretations of a scene featuring Lady Macbeth. You were asked to view a stage performance of the same scene in order to answer this question: How does this interpretation compare to the others? In a response of at least five sentences, comment on the stage interpretation and explain your impression of Lady Macbeth in this scene. Use specific examples from the clip to support your answer. Things to consider: her facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice.
Step 2: Setting Interpretation
Choose one of the provided scenes from Macbeth that you have previously studied in this course and locate or create an image that shows a fitting setting for that scene. In a response of at least five sentences, explain why you chose the image. Use examples from the play and the image to support your reasoning. Include the scene and the image along with your response. Act 5, Scene 1
Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One: two:
Why, then, ‘tis time to do’t—Hell is murky!—
Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What
Need we fear who knows it, when non can call
Our power to account?—Yet who would have
Thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.
I chose this image and scene as it shows that Lady Macbeth see’s the “spot” on her had as blood from the murders and crimes that she and her husband have committed. She is so filled with guilt and despair that she sleepwalks muttering these words. During her sleepwalking episodes, others began to observe and here what she is saying. She refers to hell as murky which shows that she is in a living hell filled with gloom and despair. She states “Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him”, which leads me to believe that the weight of the murder is too