If you worked for a newspaper and had to interview Lady Macbeth, what types of questions would you ask her the day after the death of Duncan?
Although this is an interesting question, there are also a couple of definite limits that have to be set on any person questioning Lady Macbeth. The first of those limits relates the how the play itself is set up. The reader is aware of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's culpability only because the reader is allowed to see the private conversations between the two. Therefore, any other character or person, although they might slightly suspect something amiss, could never know the depth of blame that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth deserve. The second of the limits is that, because of Lady Macbeth's status as a noblewoman (and soon-to-be queen), there are expected standards of decorum for speaking with her. Thus, questions that are asked must be framed by these two limitations.
With that being said, here are a few questions that might prompt further thinking as you write questions for the "interview."
- How are you doing with all of the chaos of yesterday?
- How will you remember our good king, Duncan? Do you have any specific memories of him?
- How do you feel about the fact that this tragic event took place in your home?
- Can you clarify what was found with Duncan? How do those things or people point toward the culprit(s)?
- What do you think of Malcolm and Donalbain's disappearances? Does this put any blame on them?
- Where do you see the country of Scotland going now?
Oh, a fun question!
Consider the circumstances surrounding Duncan's death, and what the death means for the country. That should generate all sorts of questions.
Personally, I'd start with the fairly polite and information gathering, then sneak in. That means asking things like "Mrs. Macbeth, we understand that the king of Scotland was found dead here this morning?"
(She says something like "That's correct.")
"It must be terribly traumatic for you to have something like this happen nearby. What was it like?"
"Do you feel safe yourselves? Can you sleep at night?"
(Then I'd start sneaking in.)
"I understand that your husband discovered the alleged killers of the king and killed them. Was he himself injured in the process?"
"You keep rubbing your hands; are you okay Mrs. Macbeth?"
"What do you think this will mean for the country? Really? That's a surprisingly positive idea. Why do you think your husband would become king?"
"And do you think Scotland will accept someone so closely involved in regicide?"
"Where is your husband now? Why do you keep rubbing your hands…?"
And so on.