LO: I can give justifications for a line of action.
Thinking about the story so far, can you sequence these events from the first few scenes of the play?
- The witches greet Macbeth and Banquo. They tell Macbeth that he is Thane of Cawdor and that he will be king one day.
Duncan says that his son Malcolm will be the next king. This worries Macbeth. Duncan then tells Macbeth he intends to visit him and Lady Macbeth in their castle at Dunsinane.
We meet Lady Macbeth - who is cruel and determined. She will do whatever it takes to make her husband King of Scotland.
The witches disappear into the mist.
Three weird witches plot and spin their spells. They plan to meet a man called Macbeth upon the heath.
Macbeth and Banquo fight Norwegian invaders and find themselves alone on a heath after the battle.
The witches tell Banquo that he will never be king but his children will.
As Macbeth and Banquo head to King Duncan’s camp they spot the three weird sisters.
Macbeth and Banquo reach Duncan’s camp and are told that Macbeth is now Thane of Cawdor, just like the witches promised.
Watch parts 3 and 4 of the BBC adaptation.
After watching parts 3 and 4, I would like you to imagine that you are Macbeth's conscience (the voice inside his head). You are considering whether to kill Banquo or not. Firstly, imagine that you are the devil. What reasons can you give to justify killing Banquo? Make a bullet point list. Here are some to get you started:
- You are just fulfilling the witches wishes...it's got nothing to do with you!
- Are you a man or a mouse? Just do it!
Then, imagine that you are an angel. What reasons can you give to justify NOT killing Banquo?
- You were once a brave, noble warrior. To kill a friend is cowardly!
- How do you even know the witches are telling the truth?
How many other reasons can you think of?