DOWNLOAD: Macbeth Seminar Assignment Sheet (PDF)
DOWNLOAD: Macbeth Passage Analysis LRJ Assignments (PDF)
Act 1: Poch, Gray, Balogh
Act 2: Stock, Bayliff, Hill
Act 3: Orkwis, Allbright, Toelke, Buller
Acts 4/5: Heuker, Quehl, Gorczynski, McNamara
Act 1: Andrews, Frohman, Painter, Cordier
Act 2: Burandt, Burns, Bruggemann, Scales
Act 3: Hansen, Schaffer, Fazlani, Gilliland
Acts 4/5: Tull, Buehler, Farrell, Mullinger, Gill
There's a longheld tradition that actors shall never refer to the play Macbeth by the name "Macbeth." If they do, bad luck will befall that actor and the play. Instead, it is refered to as "The Scottish Play."
When the name of the play is spoken in a theatre, tradition requires the person who spoke it to leave, perform traditional cleansing rituals, and be invited back in. The rituals are supposed to ward off the evil that uttering the play's name is feared to bring on.
The rituals include turning three times, spitting over one's left shoulder, swearing, or reciting a line from another of Shakespeare's plays. Popular lines for this purpose include, "Angels and ministers of grace defend us" (Hamlet 1.IV), "If we shadows have offended" (A Midsummer Night's Dream 5.ii), and "Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you" (The Merchant of Venice, 3.IV). A more elaborate cleansing ritual involves leaving the theatre, spinning around and brushing oneself off, and saying "Macbeth" three times before entering again. Some production groups insist that the offender may not reenter the theater until he is invited to do so, therefore making it easy to punish frequent offenders by leaving them outside.
If you missed these in class, have a look at them when you have Youtube.com unblocked
VIDEO: Ten Ways on The Curse of the Scottish Play (Youtube)
VIDEO: Blackladder on the Curse of Macbeth (Youtube)
An excellent overview of the play is provided by a 30-minute animated version of Macbeth produced by the BBC. This is available on Moe Tube. Just make sure you are logged in to MoeTube so that you can view it.
VIDEO: Macbeth -- BBC animation (requires Moeller login)
ACT ONE -- For next class -- Wed, April 15 (B1) / Thu, April 16 (A3)
1. Read Act One (required) and view Act One (optional)
2. If assigned to Act One, prepare your seminar materials
3. If you are not assigned t Act One, prepare a passage analysis LRJ
4. Prepare for seminar discussion.
VIEW ACT ONE: Macbeth -- RSC production (3:00-33:10 is Act One)
Act One: 3:00-33:10
Act Two: 33:11-58:20
Act Three: 58:21-88:54
Act Four: 88:55-120:39
Act Five: 120:40-143:50