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#1: Act 1 Scene 5
#2: Act 1 Scene 7
#3: Act 2 Scene 1
#4: Act 3 Scene 4
#5: Act 4 Scene 2
#6: Act 5 Scene 5


VIDEO #1: Act 1 Scene 5

This video shows three different performances of Lady Macbeth's first scene. Watch the video carefully, then answer the questions below.

• In which performance did Lady Macbeth come across as most realistic and believable?

• In which was she most likeable and sympathetic?

• Which portrayal was most unsettling and unnerving?


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VIDEO #2: Act 1 Scene 7

This video features three versions of Lady Macbeth's attempts to persuade her husband into the murder. Identify which version struck you as most plausible and realistic, and write a brief paragraph explaining why.



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VIDEO #3: Act 2 Scene 1

This video shows three different versions of Macbeth's conversation with Banquo. Watch the video carefully, then answer the questions below, giving reasons for your answers.

• Which actor did you find most convincing as Macbeth?

• Which actor did you find most convincing as Banquo?

• Which production do you think best captures the tension and atmosphere of this moment?



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VIDEO #4: Act 3 Scene 4

This video contains three different versions of the banquet scene. Which of the three performances deals most effectively with the challenge of staging Banquo's ghost? Give a reason for your answer.



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VIDEO #5: Act 4 Scene 2

Ross is an ambiguous character, and his loyalties are never fully made clear in the play. In Roman Polanski's 1971 film of Macbeth, Ross opens the doors to Macduff's castle so that the murderers can enter and assassinate Lady Macduff and her children. Watch the scene below. Do you find this interpretation of his character plausible?



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VIDEO #6: Act 5 Scene 5

In this video, actor Ian McKellen discusses his approach to Macbeth's famous soliloquy. Identify three separate things an actor must keep in mind when working on this speech.



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