Macbeth vs Macbeth
NOTE TO NOEL: I am sure that over the course of your teaching career you have read (and quite possibly written) quite a few “Real Macbeth compared to Shakespeare's Macbeth” essays. If you want, I will write one of those. However, in an effort to create something a little more interesting (and a little bit easier to publish on my booksie account) this will be a play, wherein the Macbeth described in Shakespeare's Macbeth will be having a debate with the real Macbeth as described by his contemporaries. The subject of their debate will be “Who of us would have made a better King?”. Presiding over the debate will be the Banquo of the play. He will be there to keep order and ensure the debate progresses. There will be eye witness accounts provided. After the debate, Banquo will give an unbiased opinion of which Macbeth would have made a better King. Hope you enjoy.
NOTE: Macbeth of the play will be identified as Mock-Macbeth, while the real Macbeth will simply be identified by Macbeth.
NOTE: This entire play was written in strict iambic pantameter.
Enter BANQUO and LADY MACBETH, BANQUO taking a seat in the middle of stage, LADY MACBETH sitting next to him.
I ask, is all in place? Lady Macbeth,
I pray that thee record carefully so that
This creates a fair debate of both the
Macbeths, are thousts here?
Enter MACBETHS from both sides of the room. Take seats at opposite ends of the room.
I am here
Macbeth: I too
Am here, in this worstest of places, to
prove thy existence, though real I am, this
thou cannot deny.
Not so! Reality,
as I will show, comes of being known by
the masses, and of remembrance past death.
Hark! Listen! I will not have disorder
in this room, we will proceed with order
this is not the room for opinion, tis
for facts and truth, we will take turns and keep
the bickering to a minimum.
will try, though He hath proved stubborn and rude,
a killer, for pleasure, and a heathen.
Ha! I did nothing you would not have done
had thee been given thy chances I took.
I will prove thee wrong, with a witness, so
I call forward the Three Witches, whom you
spoke and listened to with longing, and who
thee allowed to spin thoust fate
We will see.
Enter THREE WITCHES.
Witches, do not, I command, speak with your
riddles, or prophesies, I beg, speak only
We promise the words we chose to say
will satisfy thy desired way.
We know the truth that thou would seek
and so in honesty we vow to speak
However, the truth we will prophesy
If the power arises, away we won't shy.
Understood, though honestly you scare me
but that the truth be found, I agree to you
I ask, do you feel that a King so lost
in your potions and prophesies and such
could be a stable King, to rule this land?
I know not the future you ask
but I know from times past
A king that feels that a future foretold
Cannot go awry, should surely by told
No King should rely his whole world
On the things that the cauldron ex-poled.
Thank you, I will ask thoust no more
have but one question I'd ask of you three
Was not to trick your sole attempt in your
prophesies to which thou spoke of to me?
As it happens, he speaks truth
Hecate our queen will provide the proof
When with Macbeth are goals we kept
Pray tell, now Queen, was our attempt?
Thee all know, yet I will say,
That we intended trouble that day
Be it known, that had we not spoken
Macbeth's sanity would not have broken.
Exit THREE WITCHES and HECATE.
All this proves is that matter not
The witches, for the matter of whether
your fit or not has not been answered yet.
Thank you for coming, I know that we have
had our differences, but now I ask
Do you feel, that with my power and my
charisma that, if given the chance and
the opportunity I could have been
a fit king for my kingdoms?
Oh! I feel
That thou are not a liar, for thoust own
lies in regard to Banquo, were as clear
as a spring in the field, however thou
art a murderer and insane.
or are thou not, of the opinion that
thy stable and kind rule, was better than
that of troubled Mock-Macbeth?
I know not
Though I feared Mock-Macbeth, he did have a
Kingly manor about him, which I feel
you were lacking, I don't like either of
you but he was a better King than you.
Hark! That makes one neutral and one for me
Your last witness against me, had better
pull through, or I will be sure to win this!
I will have no acquisitions as such
spoken in thy debate, last witness called.
I ask, please, bring in the Porter.
as requested, by my lords, as I lived
in both their rules, in one form or other.
As a porter, in my rule, I ask you
how did you find my traditions and rules?
During thoust rule, good king, I found easy
the life I chose to live. Drinks were cheap, and
I enjoyed the Celtic customs.
But is it not true, that in my short rule
thou were able to drink, and laugh, and make
marry the audience? I allowed fun,
and thou can imagine, if thoust one scene
was so fun, how life under thy rule could
have been better?
True, thoust has a point, sir
but I do not care for witchcraft, I would
have been afeard of dark possibilities
under your rule.
Thank you, you may go now
Given the evidence, all things heard I
will now retire and make my choice.
I will win.
We will see.
My choice is made.
I have found Mock-Macbeth.... the lesser one!
I see he ruled, with fear and cruelty.
What? Thoust must still by angry I killed thee.
I have not finished! However, I think
Shakespeare was correct in that the story
tells a tale of thoust evil plight. May thoust
both be satisfied with this.
thy rule while good, was boring, eventful not,
and the play has lasted longer then my
And though I was not the best of kings
my story lives on, with this I can be
I now consider this done.
The witches were wrong, I did get to rule
over something, so I too feel I won.
Exit MACBETHS and BANQUO.
Why does no one ever ask me? Oh well...