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Charlene V. Smith @charlenevsmith
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Had another great #Macbeth rehearsal with fun language discoveries. We tackled 3.2, the pre-banquet scene. Also basically tha last scene between the two of them (other than the coda to the banquet). #shakespeare
In 3.2, Macbeth tells Lady to treat Banquo well at the feast: “present him eminence, / Both with eye and tongue”
Compare this to their first scene where Lady tells him: “Bear welcome in your eye, / Your hand, your tongue.”
They are STILL up in each other’s language. Macbeth also summons night in this scene “Come seeking night.” She says “Come thick night” in 1.5
There’s a conventional saying that Lady and Macbeth are Shakespeare’s happiest married couple.
But even with that, productions often stage very clearly the dissolution of their relationship - their breaking apart.
But every time we rehearse what we see is the ways in which they fight to stay together, even through the worst.
At the end of this scene, Macbeth has two couplets. Perhaps an attempt to end the conversation and the scene. To put the pin in his decision to take down Banquo. And to do it without her.
But he doesn’t end there. The scene doesn’t end there. He has to add, “So, prithee, go with me.”
Many people talk about this scene as the one where Macbeth completely leaves Lady behind, because he plans the murder without her. But I think this final line tells a more complicated story. They are still both reaching for the other.
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