Tuesday November 28

We will start off today by dealing with our Act 1 Challenge. A winner must be crowned.

You’ll get into your teams and submit your guesses.

Then we’re going to talk about the famous dagger speech from Act 2. As you watch each of the following versions of the speech, pay attention to staging: is there an actual dagger in scene or not? How do the three different Macbeths react to the vision?

Think, pair, share: Imagine a director is suggesting cutting this soliloquy. Imagine you are playing Macbeth. Make a case for keeping this in the play.

Introduction of Challenge #2

Macbeth Act 2 Challenge: Conversations That Never Happened

Banquo and Macbeth get the time to have that talk: When Banquo suggests that the witches have revealed “some truth” to Macbeth, Macbeth claims that he has not thought of them at all since their encounter in the woods (2.1.19–20). He and Banquo agree to discuss the witches’ prophecies at a later time. But they never do. How would that conversation have gone if they had the time?

  • Choose two actors, one director, and at least one script-writer.
  • The writing will be in modern English.
  • The winning team will be the one that composes the most interesting and entertaining scene that provides the most insight into the differences between Macbeth and Banquo.
  • Bonus points for using fresh, original metaphors or similes that would make George Orwell proud.
  • Scenes will be filmed, then judged and voted on by the English department.

Lines do not need to be memorized and scenes should be short. 2-5 minutes. You’ll have time to work on this challenge tomorrow. I will give you more specific details about each person’s role tomorrow.