Lady Macbeth, Macbeth
act V, scene I.
Lady Macbeth enters the room as a doctor of physic and a waiting gentlewoman watch her speak as she sleepwalks.
I live in Israel, and here we have actual state exams in theater (if that is a class you choose to take), which we are graded for and they are put into our high school diplomas. One of the exams was our junior year exam, monologues/dialogues. In our school, we were obligated to do Shakespeare. I was fascinated by Lady Macbeth, and really wanted to portray her in a monologue. My teacher did not like the idea but wanted to let me take a chance on it anyway It was one of my favorite pieces to do, and I am very proud of my grade (100) to this day. Honestly, I didn't really care about the grade, I just felt that it was a great piece. this is her mumbling as she sleepwalks, I just left out the lines the other characters speak of her in the scene, and i preformed it alone, as if she had just woken up in the middle of the night and started sleepwalking and talking. I also repeated several key phrases throughout the scene, to make it longer and bring out her repetition. Here is the monologue I based it on:
Yet here's a spot.
Out' damned spot! Out I say!-One; two:
why' then 'tis time to do 't - Hell is murky!
Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? - what need we fear who knows it. When none can call our power to account?
Yet, who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?
The thane of fife had a wife: Where is she now? -What, will these hands ne'er be clean? -No more o' that. my lord, no more o' that. you mar all with this startling.
Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! Oh! Oh!
Wash your hands, put on your nightgown. look not so pale. -I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried: He cannot come on's grave.
To bed, To bed: There's knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What's done cannot be undone.
To bed, to bed, to bed.
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