Hello Year 5,
This term for Literacy we have started a new topic written by William Shakespeare-Macbeth. We found out a little information about him and started reading the first scene of this play. We also annotated the play as it was written in old English. Please read the text below and answer the questions in full sentences.
Act 1 – Scenes 1-3
First Witch When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Second Witch When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won.
Third Witch That will be ere the set of sun.
First Witch Where the place?
Second Witch Upon the heath.
Third Witch There to meet with Macbeth.
First Witch I come, graymalkin!
Second Witch Paddock calls.
Third Witch Anon!
ALL Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.
Duncan What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt. The newest state.
Malcolm This is the sergeant
Who like a good and hardy soldier fought
‘Gainst my captivity. Hail, brave friend!
Say to the king the knowledge of the broil
As thou didst leave it.
Sergeant Doubtful it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together and choke their art.
The merciless Macdonwald– Worthy to be a rebel, for to that the multiplying villainies of nature do swarm upon him–from the Western Isles Of kerns and gallow glasses is supplied;
And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling, Show’d like a rebel’s whore: but all’s too weak:
For brave Macbeth–well he deserves that name– Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel, Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour’s minion carved out his passage till he faced the slave;
Which ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam’d him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix’d his head upon our battlements.
Duncan O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!
Sergeant As whence the sun ‘gins his reflection
Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break,
So from that spring whence comfort seem’d to come
Discomfort swells. Mark, king of Scotland, mark:
No sooner justice had with valour arm’d
Compell’d these skipping kerns to trust their heels,
But the Norweyan lord surveying vantage,
With furbish’d arms and new supplies of men
Began a fresh assault.
Duncan Dismay’d not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?
Do you think the old English was more powerful than modern English and that William Shakespeare used strong language?
Who was William Shakespeare?
Is the text above written in old English or modern English? How do you know this?
Can you give any examples of words from the text above that he used, which made the language more powerful?
What impression do you get about the witches? Think about the language they have used?
Why do you think the witches want to meet Macbeth?
Who is Duncan?
What is this battle about?
We will continue looking at the rest of the scenes this term and we will be doing some drama work. Wait and see to find out what you have answered above is going to happen. I’m really excited about this playwright. You will enjoy it!