Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Why I Love Teaching Macbeth

cos they say:
um, so why did....
and how come...
yet but why did he....
but i thought she would be madder (after showing them the Polanski film)
Yeah... she just looks weak.
Exactly – she’s just unhinged.
She should be strong.
Many nod
Yes, I say. I think of her as mean, nasty and peed off.

Polanski had just lost his pregnant wife to a brutal murder and he was a angry and sad man.

I think Macbeth is hot, says one of my internationals at that moment.
We erupt in laughter and finish the lesson offering the best actors to play the modern version (though most of us – including me – were hiding behind our eyes at the murder of Duncan)

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