Witches (2) – Macbeth, Act I, scene 1

This is the second activity of a thematic unit on witches.
Students watch the first minute of this Animated Tale adaptation of Macbeth, then answer the corresponding questions. 



 

Instruction: Watch the first minute of this version of Macbeth and answer the following questions. You’re welcome to watch the entire cartoon, but the questions only deal with the first minute of the tale.

1. Here is a script of the witches’ dialogue. But some of the words have been erased by the passing of time. Please find what the witches are saying!
First Witch 
When ……………… we three meet ………………?
In …………………, …………………., or in rain?

Second Witch
When the hurlyburly is ………………,
When the …………….. is ………….. and ………………..

First Witch 
Where the …………?

Second Witch 
…………………….. the heath.

Third Witch 
There to ………………. with ………………..

ALL 
……………………. is foul, and foul is …………………….:
………………… through the ………………. and …………….. air.

2. Identify two figures of speech in this short extract and offer an interpretation of them.

3. What elements of context does the narrator give at the beginning of the video?

4. Analyse the first image of the video (see above) and the way it is animated, in relation with the voice over.

5. Listen to the music accompanying the video. Find 5 adjectives which can be used to describe it.

6. Look carefully at the three witches. What transformations do they undergo?

7. What role do they play in this extract? In your opinion, what role will they play in the rest of the story?

8. Overall, how can you qualify this introduction to the story of Macbeth?

9. What are the pros and cons of such an adaptation of a play by Shakespeare?

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