32 Second-Macbeth Recap

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

The play “Thirty-Two Second-Macbeth” is a good summary about the whole book. When Actor 4, the king, says “What bloody man is that?” I assume he means that he sees a bloody man walking in. After that, they hear that Macbeth is coming after hearing a drum sound, or maybe calling for a drum because Macbeth has arrived. In the beginning, a few people say “Fair is foul and foul is fair”, to which Macbeth answers here with “So foul and fair a day I have not seen”. Then, someone praising Macbeth says “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Probably saying that Macbeth shall be king soon. Macbeth responds with “If chance will have me king, then chance will crown me king.” Saying that if he’s meant to be king, he will be king. Actor 5 says “Screw your courage to the sticking place.” Which is probably Actor 5 testing Macbeth’s courage. Macbeth answers the actor’s challenge by saying “Is this a dagger I see before me?” and going on to stab the king. Actor 5 then says “A little water clears us of this deed.” meaning, this event can be washed away, no one will know. Actor 6 comes in and says “Fly, good Fleance, fly!” Probably telling someone to run away, but Actor 6 is then killed. Macbeth says “Blood will have blood.” which probably means the same thing as giving death another dead person… Several people then say “Double, double, toil and trouble.” I surmise that this means that since two people have been killed, it’s twice the trouble. Actor 7 comes in and says “He has kill’d me, mother!” then proceeds to die. He is probably telling his mom that Macbeth has killed him. Actor 8 says “Bleed, bleed, poor country!” which means that Macbeth has been killing many people, including the king, which has hurt the country. Actor 5 comes back and says “Out damn’d spot!” Then is killed. He was probably shooing someone (Macbeth) away but was killed in the process. Macbeth then says “Out, out, brief candle!” He is probably trying to get away from fire since the next line has actor 8 saying “Turn, hell-hound, turn!” He is probably trying to burn him (send him to hell… fire…get it?). Macbeth’s last words are “Lay on Macduff!” I’m guessing Actor 8 is Macduff who ends this with “Hail king of Scotland!” Two observations I noticed were that Macbeth killed a lot of people and that Macduff is probably Actor 8, and the king is Actor 4. I didn’t understand what actor 5 meant by “Unsex me here.” I also didn’t understand what actors 1, 2, and 3 meant when they start this play off with “Fair is foul and foul is fair.”


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