What are some questions that you could ask the character of Macbeth?
For example, why he did something, or the way he felt about something. Those are a few simple questions. It will be like an interview with Macbeth, the character.
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- First of all, a journalist or interviewer may refer to the initial encounter of Macbeth with the evil sisters and ask him why he did not take the advice of Banquo to be cautious in believing in the witches:
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/Win us with honest trifles, to betray 's/In deepest consequence (I,iii,,124-126)
- Then, the interviewer may ask Macbeth why he was not satisfied with being Thane of Cawdor and wait on fate, rather than forcing fortune by taking so much action himself. For, even Macbeth himself said in Act I that he hoped that the murder of Duncan could be "enough":
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well/It were done quickly. If th'assassination/Could trammel up the consequence, and catch/With his surcease, success; that but this blow/Might be the be-all and the end-all--here (I,vii,1-5)
- And, finally, the interviewer may inquire of Macbeth why, when he showed this reluctance to act, he allowed Lady Macbeth to pressure him into his acts of cupidity as she accuses him of being less than a man in Act I, Scene 7.
This is a fascinating assignment. I would pose the following questions and exploring Macbeth's answers would truly be interesting:
1) What was it like to kill someone? What went through your mind when you engaged in the act of murder?
2) Do you believe that moral responsibility and legal responsibility are one in the same or different?
3) Did you feel you were in control of your actions or did you feel that you were led by other forces? If so, what were those forces?
3 A) If applicable, do you feel you were morally responsible for your actions? Do you accept responsibility?
3 B) If applicable, Do you believe in God? What does this vision look like to you?
4) Do you feel that power is inherently evil? Do you feel that there is a way for individuals to not become overwhelmed with the trappings of power?
5) Does "might make right"? Explain your answer.
6) Which modern day politicians or leaders remind you of you in both your good qualities and not so good qualities?
7) In your mind, explain what modern day entities constitute elements that are " full of sound and fury, yet signifying nothing"?
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