Does anyone know a gap in Macbeth that can be filled with a monologue?  Any ideas will be great.I really need help with my English assignment ASAP. My task is to fill in a gap in the play Macbeth....

Does anyone know a gap in Macbeth that can be filled with a monologue?  Any ideas will be great.

I really need help with my English assignment ASAP. My task is to fill in a gap in the play Macbeth. It must be written as a monologue. If any one knows any sections or ideas/gaps in Macbeth that I can do this, can you plz tell me.

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Little attention is paid to the thoughts and feelings of the Scottish lords regarding King Duncan's murder and Macbeth's ascension to the throne. Lady Macbeth also has less say regarding her husband's actions following Duncan's assassination and is not aware of his future plans. In Act Three, Scene 4, Macbeth begins hallucinating and sees the ghost of Banquo during a banquet with the Scottish lords. During the banquet, Macbeth begins acting erratic and starts questioning Banquo's ghost, which confuses and disrupts the meal. Lady Macbeth does her best to calm her husband and tells the guests that Macbeth suffers from a unique illness, which explains his odd behavior. The scene ends as Lady Macbeth clears the hall and has a brief discussion with her husband about his behavior.

One could fill the gap between the end of Act Three, Scene 4 and Act Three, Scene 5, where Hecate addresses the Three Witches. In this gap, one could provide a monologue performed by Lady Macbeth or one of the Scottish lords. Lady Macbeth's monologue could include her thoughts regarding Macbeth's hidden crimes (Banquo's murder) and his ominous future plans. A monologue performed by one of the Scottish lords could include their thoughts and feelings regarding Macbeth's strange behavior during the banquet. The monologue might also include their inquiries regarding the possibility of Macbeth's role in King Duncan's death.

sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One place that would work quite well for a monologue is Duncan's murder. Audiences don't get to see how either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth acts while in Duncan's room. It would be great to hear their thoughts during this time.

Another good location for a new monologue would be in Act 3, Scene 3. This is the scene when the three murderers successfully kill Banquo. Unfortunately, the murderers did not accomplish all that they were told to do. Fleance was able to escape in the darkness. I think audiences would enjoy hearing what thoughts and emotions Fleance is experiencing after this near brush with death. There's a lot that could be going on in his mind that would be fun to explore. He just saw his father's murder, and there has to be a giant depth of despair there. That has to be mixed with relief at his own survival. As his monologue continues and he calms down, you could explore his possible realization of who is behind the hiring of the murderers in the first place. From Act 3, Scene 1, we know that Banquo is suspicious of Macbeth, and now Fleance knows those suspicions are justified.

shakespeareguru eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the most famous "gaps" in the play is the murder of Duncan.  The murders of Banquo and Lady Macduff are dramatized in the play, but the murder of Duncan in Act II, scene ii, is an off-stage event.  There are two visits to Duncan's bedchamber, one made by Macbeth when he actually murderers the king, and then Lady Macbeth goes back to return the daggers to the scene of the crime.  Either of these visits to Duncan's bedchamber would make a good soliloquy.

Another much discussed gap is the change that comes over Lady Macbeth from her exit in Act III, scene iv until she re-enters the play in Act V.  How does she change from the assertive and confident woman of early in the play to the guilt-ridden sleepwalker of the end?  This gap would be a good opportunity for a monologue too.

The links below will give you more detail about the scenes I have mentioned.  Good luck with your assignment.

epollock | Student

I remember reading the play and some critics contend that there is a gap between two early scenes in which two characters are soliloquizing about the method and reason for killing King Duncan, but off-hand I am not sure exactly where that exists. I will read the play over again tomorrow, and if you can't find the answer by then, send me a message to my inbox on here and I will try to help you out further. I think it might be between Act 2 Scene 2 and 3 if I can remember. Let me know what you find and if you do find it. To say that there really is a gap and Shakespeare di not fill it is one interesting discussion.