Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Macbeth Song

I Didn't Kill the King (to the tune of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire)

Thane of Cawdor, killed some guys, King Duncan, was impressed
Glamis betrayed him, wasn’t happy, so he took his head

Thane of Cawdor, stole his title, like the witches, preordained
Lady Macbeth, started talking, so he lost his mind

So Macbeth, chose to, kill the king, foolishly
Lady, she was at fault, and didn’t feel guilty

Stabbed in his sleep, dagger, Scotland’s got a new king
Duncan’s sons are flee-eeing, Macbeth just killed some guards

I didn’t kill the ki-ing
He was always dying
Since he was so o-old
I didn’t kill the ki-ing
Even though it wa-as

Really advantageous

      The opening 2 lines set the stage for the play, explaining the betrayal that the Thane of Cawdor perpetrated that catalyzed Macbeth's rise to power. Transitioning to the next couplet, the witches' prophecies are introduced. These premonitions come to be a defining aspect of Macbeth's character arc as his deterministic views, specifically regarding the witches' warnings, end up leading to his downfall. Just as the witches' prophecies predict his ascendence to the throne, the credence that he provides them contribute to his death.
      In the 3rd couplet, part of Lady Macbeth's character is revealed, with her feeling no remorse, at least in the beginning, for the murder of the King. When reading Macbeth's letter, Lady Macbeth pleads for spirits to take away her kindness and replace it with gall. Whether or not we believe the spirits actually change Lady Macenth is immaterial. What matters is that after she asks for this change, we see her to react minimally to 5 murders, one of which is the killing of a child.
      The final verse is a satirical look at the ease with which Macbeth circumvents the blame of murdering the king. A day after being promoted, reaching one step closer to the crown, the king mysteriously dies and Macbeth murders the only 2 witnesses. Showing a thirst for blood the morning after moving closer to the kingship, Macbeth is somehow not one of the prime suspects.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Macbeth Word Tracker

Macbeth Word Tracker: Sleep
  • "Sleep shall neither night nor day Hang upon his pent-house lid"
    • I tortured him [sailor] to the point that he will be unable to sleep at any point.
  • "When Duncan is asleep— 
    Whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey 
    Soundly invite him—his two chamberlains 
    Will I with wine and wassail so convince 
    That memory, the warder of the brain, 
    Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason 
    A limbeck only"
    • After Duncan falls asleep, which he will welcome considering the journey he endured, I will get his two guards so intoxicated that their memory and reason will be impaired.
  • "when in swinish sleep 
    Their drenched natures lie as in a death, 
    What cannot you and I perform upon 
    The unguarded Duncan? what not put upon 
    His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt 
    Of our great quell?"
    • Once the guards fall into a deep slumber, what can't we do to Duncan and frame the guards for.
  • "Will it not be received, 
    When we have mark'd with blood those sleepy two 
    Of his own chamber and used their very daggers, 
    That they have done't?"
    • Once we have framed the 2 guards for Duncan's murder, won't it seem like they have perpetrated the act?
  • "A heavy summons lies like lead upon me, 
    And yet I would not sleep"
    • Although I'm very tired, I can't sleep.
  • "Now o'er the one halfworld 
    Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse 
    The curtain'd sleep"
    • Now that it is night-time, the world appears to be dead, plagued by hallucinations.
  • "There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried 
    'Murder!' "
    • One of the two guards laughed in his sleep, and the other yelled 'Murder!'.
  • "That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them: 
    But they did say their prayers, and address'd them 
    Again to sleep."
    • The two guards woke each other up. I could hear them. They said their prayers and then prepared themselves for sleep once again.
  •  "Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more! 
    Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep, "
    • I thought I heard something say 'Sleep is dead, Macbeth has killed sleep, innocent sleep.'
  • "Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care, 
    The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, 
    Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, 
    Chief nourisher in life's feast,—"
    • Sleep that takes care of us, that ends each day, that helps us recover from pain
  • "Still it cried 'Sleep no more!' to all the house: 
    'Glamis hath murder'd sleep, and therefore Cawdor 
    Shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.'"
    • The voice kept saying 'Sleep is dead', to everyone in the house: 'Macbeth has killed sleep so he shall no longer be able to sleep.'
  •  "go carry them; and smear 
    The sleepy grooms with blood."
    • Go frame the 2 guards by marking them with blood.
  • "Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the dead 
    Are but as pictures"
    • Give me the daggers: Duncan and the 2 sleeping guards will be unable to do anything.
  • "Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and 
    • Drinking gives one the urge to sleep, urinate and it makes one's nose red.
  •  "in conclusion, equivocates him 
    in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him."
    • Intoxication tricks you into a slumber and then disappears.
  • "Malcolm! awake! 
    Shake off this downy sleep, death's counterfeit, 
    And look on death itself!"
    • Wake up from your sleep (fake death) Malcolm. Look at this actual death.
  • "What's the business, 
    That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley 
    The sleepers of the house? speak, speak!"
    • What has happened to make such a horrible noise wake up the sleeping guests of this house? 
      Through the first two acts, the idea of sleep is very important for the developments concerning Macbeth and his wife. For Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, sleep mainly functions as a source of opportunity for their assassination of Duncan. Macbeth is able to kill Duncan and frame the 2 guards for his murder because the 3 men all happen to be sleeping, a plan developed by Lady Macbeth. However, for Macbeth, sleep also appears as an admission of his guilt over the murder of Duncan. Macbeth frequently mentions how he will be unable to sleep as a result of his decision to kill the king. For Duncan, the function of sleep is quite obvious, as sleep is the reason for his demise.

by Alejandro Cegarra