Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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Alarums. Enter MACBETH
Trumpets and the noise of battle. MACBETH enters.

MACBETH

They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly,
But, bearlike, I must fight the course. What’s he
That was not born of woman? Such a one
Am I to fear, or none.

MACBETH

They have me tied to a stake. I can’t run away. I have to stand and fight, like a

bear

In Shakespeare’s time, bears were tied to stakes and attacked by dogs for the amusement of audiences.

bear
.Where’s the man who wasn’t born from a woman? He’s the only one I’m afraid of, nobody else.
Enter YOUNG SIWARD
YOUNG SIWARD enters.

YOUNG SIWARD

5What is thy name?

YOUNG SIWARD

What’s your name?

MACBETH

Thou 'lt be afraid to hear it.

MACBETH

You’ll be afraid to hear it.

YOUNG SIWARD

No, though thou call’st thyself a hotter name
Than any is in hell.

YOUNG SIWARD

No I won’t, even if you were one of the worst demons in hell.

MACBETH

My name’s Macbeth.

MACBETH

My name’s Macbeth.

YOUNG SIWARD

10The devil himself could not pronounce a title
More hateful to mine ear.

YOUNG SIWARD

The devil himself couldn’t say a name I hate more.

MACBETH

     No, nor more fearful.

MACBETH

No, nor could the devil’s name be more frightening.

YOUNG SIWARD

Thou liest, abhorrèd tyrant. With my sword
I’ll prove the lie thou speak’st.

YOUNG SIWARD

You lie, you disgusting tyrant. I’ll prove with my sword that I’m not scared of you.
They fight and YOUNG SIWARD is slain
They fight and YOUNG SIWARD is killed.

MACBETH

     Thou wast born of woman.
But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
15Brandished by man that’s of a woman born.

MACBETH

You were born from a woman. Swords don’t frighten me. I laugh at any weapon used by a man who was born from a woman.