Delve deeper into the language used in Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Quotes, synopsis, scene by scene summaries and more – everything you need to enhance your exploration of the play.
KEY QUOTES & SPEECHES
To help with analysis and quote memorisation we have created our top ten chronological quotes from the play.
Is this a dagger: Act II, scene 1
Students join our Playing Shakespeare Company to perform Macbeth’s iconic speech from Act II, scene 1.
Out, out, brief candle: Act V, scene 5
Students join our Playing Shakespeare Company to perform Macbeth’s iconic speech in British Sign Language from Act V, scene 5.
SCENE BY SCENE
A unique interactive text by Shakespeare’s Globe.
This resource allows you to explore the language of key scenes in Shakespeare’s play in a variety of ways, simplifying and enhancing your experience of reading Shakespeare.
Was the hope drunk
Enter the three witches
If we should fail?
Is this a dagger which I see before me
Lady Macbeth criticises Macbeth for being cowardly
Banquet prepar’d. Enter Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Ross, Lennox, Lords, and Attendants.
Double, double, toil and trouble
Macduff has left Scotland and gone to England to join Malcolm
Macbeth and Macduff meet in battle
Direct your own scene with our Staging It interactive
Staging It is an interactive film that allows anyone to ‘direct a scene’ at Shakespeare’s Globe. It fuses specially created footage, filmed on location at the world famous Globe stage, with ground breaking custom made software. It allows a user to compile a scene by choosing from a selection of clips provided.
Try it for yourself using the links below!
STAGING IT: HOW IT WORKS
Two actors are filmed performing a duologue on the Globe stage or in Globe rehearsal spaces. Each section of their speech is shot numerous times, each time performed with a different emotional state e.g. happy, angry, etc.
The user or ‘virtual director’ then views a list of the ways the actor has performed the line, watching each of the variations to help them choose. They then add their choice to a dynamic storyboard, slowly building the scene with their personally selected clips.
At the end of directing a scene, the user is asked for their name, which is seamlessly added to the end credits.
Now the scene is complete, the user can share their version:
- Watch it back
- Export and email it
- Upload it directly to their Facebook page or YouTube
There is no limit on how many times one can direct the scene, email it or upload it to Facebook.
The length of these extracts from Macbeth vary in order to represent the range of extract lengths used by different exam boards at GCSE.
WHY THESE SCENES?
The scenes themselves have been chosen to ensure coverage of: a range of language techniques; different dramatic conventions (form); significant moments to allow for interrogation of structure. Each of them allows for exploration of the various ways that Shakespeare makes meaning, and therefore will support with Assessment Objective 2.
Alongside each extract, you will find a series of questions that you can use in class or as part of a homework activity. Each set of questions has a symbol, which you will find within the extract. Match up the two to gain more insight into the text and answer the questions.