Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1

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Roman Polanski’s Macbeth – Act 1 Scene 1

Analysis of Macbeth – Act 1 Scene 1

Original Text – Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1

Thunder and lightning. Enter three WITCHES
FIRST WITCH
When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
SECOND WITCH
When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
THIRD WITCH
That will be ere the set of sun.
FIRST WITCH
Where the place?
SECOND WITCH
Upon the heath.
THIRD WITCH
There to meet with Macbeth.
FIRST WITCH
I come, Graymalkin!
SECOND WITCH
10 Paddock calls.
THIRD WITCH
Anon.
ALL
Fair is foul, and foul is fair
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
Exeunt

“Translated” Text – Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1

Thunder and lightning. Three WITCHES enter
FIRST WITCH
When should the three of us meet again? Will it be in thunder, lightning, or rain?
SECOND WITCH
We’ll meet when the noise of the battle is over, when one side has won and the other side has lost.
THIRD WITCH
That will happen before sunset.
FIRST WITCH
Where should we meet?
SECOND WITCH
Let’s do it in the open field.
THIRD WITCH
We’ll meet Macbeth there.
The WITCHES hear the calls of their spirit friends or “familiars,” which look like animals—one is a cat and one is a toad.
FIRST WITCH
(calling to her cat) I’m coming, Graymalkin!
SECOND WITCH
My toad, Paddock, calls me.
THIRD WITCH
(to her spirit) I’ll be right here!
ALL
Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Let’s fly away through the fog and filthy air.
They exit.

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