Modern English Macbeth

Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macduff Pages: 65 (21207 words) Published: April 22, 2014
Modern English
Macbeth

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Contents
About the Author

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Act One Scene One
Act One Scene Two
Act One Scene Three
Act One Scene Four
Act One Scene Five
Act One Scene Six
Act One Scene Seven

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Act Two Scene One
Act Two Scene Two
Act Two Scene Three
Act Two Scene Four

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Act Three Scene One
Act Three Scene Two
Act Three Scene Three
Act Three Scene Four
Act Three Scene Five
Act Three Scene Six

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Act Four Scene One
Act Four Scene Two
Act Four Scene Three

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Act Five Scene One
Act Five Scene Two
Act Five Scene Three
Act Five Scene Four
Act Five Scene Five
Act Five Scene Six
Act Five Scene Seven
Act Five Scene Eight
Act Five Scene Nine

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Modern English Macbeth translation © 2005 NoSweatShakespeare. All rights reserved

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About The Author

Warren King has been teaching English literature for thirty-five years in English comprehensive and public schools.
During the 1980's he was seconded to the national Shakespeare and Schools project to help develop methods of teaching Shakespeare in the classroom to bring the plays to life for pupils of all ages. After the project ended he continued that work as an adviser in to a London Education Authority, where he worked with teachers in creating Shakespeare projects in schools and helping English teachers, both primary and secondary, to make Shakespeare lively, comprehensible and enjoyable for their pupils.

He has created and conducted workshops in Shakespeare for both teachers and students, visiting schools around the UK and continental Europe. As well as producing several books about the teaching of Shakespeare and writing articles for educational journals, Warren regularly addresses groups of teachers, showing them ways of developing GCSE, Key Stage 3 and A Level Shakespeare resources.

These modern English Shakespeare novelizations stem from his realisation that although so much good work has been done on textual aspects and the broad grasp of plot, little has been done about resources that would give students a complete grasp of the complexity of a whole Shakespeare text in one short reading.

Modern English Macbeth translation © 2005 NoSweatShakespeare. All rights reserved

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Modern English Macbeth

Modern English Macbeth translation © 2005 NoSweatShakespeare. All rights reserved

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Act One Scene One
Somewhere and nowhere. A terrifying storm. Lightning, with blinding white glimpses of a weird landscape. Each flash gives birth to an earth-shaking crack of thunder. Out of the darkness three voices wail.

‘When shall we three meet again,
In thunder, lightning or in rain?’
‘When the hurleyburley's done,
When the battle's lost and won.’
‘That will be ere the set of sun.’
‘Where the place?’
‘Upon the heath.’
‘There to meet with Macbeth.’
A cacophany of bloodcurdling yelps and inhuman screams, cutting through the noise of the storm.
‘I come, Graymalkin!’
‘Paddock calls.’
Lightning momentarily reveals three deformed shapes linking hands in a grotesque dance.
‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.’
A mighty crash of thunder, a terrifying whiteness, then darkness and silence.

Modern English Macbeth translation © 2005 NoSweatShakespeare. All rights reserved

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Act One Scene Two
Duncan, King of Scotland, was conferring with his sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, at a fortress near Forres. Matters could not be worse. The rebels, led by the northern Thane, Macdonwald, had made an alliance with the Norwegian king and the two forces were preparing to roll across Scotland like a tidal wave. Two sentries brought a limping, bleeding soldier to the King....
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