Macbeth’s sililoquy – the boys

The boys’ sililoquies have mostly not recorded well unfortunately – so here are just a few of them.





What have I become?
Have the three hags made me a monster? Nay, it was I who put the wicked forces upon me.
Will all the oceans clean me of this guilt?
No, but rather turn the sea incarnadine.
Blood begets blood: Duncan, now Macduff.
When will the noble blood stop spilling?
Even the throne does not b ring me happiness but instead melancholy.
Away Duncan! Away damn vision that haunts my eyes!
Life is but a candle melting away till the light goes.
It is not worth living.



What is happening to me?
Why have I slaughtered?
My veins are poisoned with desire to kill.
I was once a hero, then I committed treason.
My life is Scotland’s defeat.
Blood brings blood; why did I start this?
No matter.
What’s done is done.



What have I turned into?
A great leader, loved and trusted by my men.
Now a shell of a man, diminished to king killer. My best friend, children, many innocent lives.
Taken because of my greed.
I am tortured by my deeds!
I don’t recognise the man I’ve become
These hands have become possessed. I have gone too far to be able to turn back.



What shall I be?
A killer of a warrior.
Forces of evil made me a king killer.
Will nothing get rid of the horror from my body?
Blood begets blood; first my king, then my friend, and then innocents.
The blood began to ooze into the river of my soul.
Is there no end to this slaughter?
This isn’t happiness; this is death.



What have I become?
Is this regret in my eyes?
Why must I cause this endless violence?
Lady Macbeth and myself are strangers
These hands will never be rid of the blood of a king and best friend.
Greed has got the better of me and I shall suffer the consequences.
These damned visions will die with me.




Macbeth’s sililoquy – the girls

We’ve really enjoyed studying Macbeth.  Here are some of the sililoquies that Shakespeare might have written… look out for Temmyyaa’s BRILLIANT AND HILARIOUS Scottish accent and some wonderful dramatic performances


Murder in Glamis!

Use independent learning to comment on the newspaper articles by Nell and Mohammed. What do you think about the style and tone? Do they sound like an article you might read in a newspaper? Try to identify all the different tenses they use in their writing. You should be able to find examples of each of the different forms of past tense we’ve studied (past simple, past progressive and past perfect).


Murder in Glamis!

Late last night, King Duncan of Scotland died a brutal death whilst staying at Glamis Castle, ancestral home to Lord Macbeth.

It is said that Macbeth himself found the body lying in bed with both guards unconscious and covered in blood and holding daggers. Macbeth is said to have gone into a flaming rage and killed both guards on the spot.

Many people believe that the blame should go to King Duncan’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, who were in line for the throne. Both have fled the country, which people think seems to confirm their guilt.

After speaking to some of the king’s private servants, one agreed to tell us what they saw in the room. “It was horrific,” he said. “There was blood on the walls and the bed sheets were dripping in blood.” He claimed that the king’s eyes were white and a dagger was plunged through his heart. Lady Macbeth has said that she is appalled such a thing could happen in her family home. “I have had sleepless nights,” she said. “I constantly wonder whether a killer is right around the corner.”

In Malcolm and Donalbain’s absence, Lord and Lady Macbeth are expected to be crowned King and Queen of Scotland.


Duncan’s Death!

Yesterday, at Glamis Castle, King Duncan was found murdered.

Duncan was staying at Glamis Castle, which is the home of Macbeth, who the king had just pronounced Thane of Cawdor. It was victory against the Norwegian army that made the king choose him for the position.

The body was discovered by one of Macbeth’s servants. He had two wounds, one to his chest and another to his head. It seemed like the murder was committed by the guards who were discovered dead outside the bedchamber covered in blood. Filled with grief and horror, Macbeth had killed both guards on the spot.

The king’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, who are to inherit the throne of Scotland, have run away to Ireland and England.

We asked Macbeth how he felt that someone had killed the king. Macbeth said, “I am very shocked that someone has committed a big crime killing our beloved king in my castle.” Lady Macbeth said that she was scared because the people that killed the king might still be free.

As Malcolm and Donalbain have left the country, Macbeth is now going to be king.


The Scottish play

Letters from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth, written after hearing the witches’ prophecies, by Caspar, Wayne and Tanya.  Do you think they capture something of the Shakespearean style?

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My dearest wife,

‘Twas the dunnest battle but I assure thee I am well. Just before I start I pray that thee burn this letter after ‘tis read. The battle was against Norway and there was a countless number of deaths on each side but we were victorious by the skin of our teeth. The field that we battled on turned incarnadine.

I am tired of risking my life for this weak and feeble king. I am going to unburden my dunnest thoughts and I pray for you to stay by my side no matter what happens. I think what if something were to happen to Duncan? We are third in line, but what if Duncan’s sons were to just disappear also?

I must tell thee, dear wife, I have been alive for some time now but this is the strangest thing I have ever seen. After the hurlyburly of the war, when I was riding back home to thee, I saw three old crones. They said, All hail Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, All hail Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor, All hail Macbeth, who shalt be king! How doth they know my dunnest thoughts?


My dearest wife,

I have really important news of the utmost urgency. I hope this letter finds you healthy and well. I have sent this letter to tell you I have completed my duty for King Duncan. As you know there was a battle that had a great mass of bloodshed. The battle was against the Norwegians and as general I led King Duncan’s army to victory. There was an onslaught and there was a horrific cost as one thousand, two hundred brave men died.

I must unburden myself of my dunnest thoughts of becoming King of Scotland. I’m tired of fighting for the old and feeble king. I am constantly alarum’d as I am the most fierce fighter he has ever had.

My dearest wife, the most strange things have happened. After the hurly-burly of the battle, Banquo and I noticed three haggard old crones, sucking in the despair of all the deaths. I drew my sword and demanded them speak. My wife, I must tell you that I feared them. Their rasping voices like a stone on iron chanting, All hail Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, All hail Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor, and All hail Macbeth, he who shalt be king. Then they said, All hail Banquo whose son shalt be king. Dost the old crones prophecies mean aught?


I hope that my letter gets to thee. I send this letter to thee to tell thee I am healthy and well and I have done my job for the king. The battle against Norway was bloody and ugly but at the end we were victorious.

I’m very sorry but I have to tell you my deepest, dunnest secrets. I have been having these thoughts about being King of Scotland. I want to be more that Thane of Glamis. I want to be something bigger and better.

This morning I was on my way back from the war and I came across three withered old crones. I told them to move but then they said, pointing their crooked fingers at me, Hail Macbeth, Thane of Glamis. Next, another one said, Hail Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor. And then suddenly one said, Hail Macbeth who shalt be King of Scotland! Then the crones disappeared and the king’s messenger came and said the king is making you Thane of Cawdor…. Art all the crones prophecies to come true?