Years of Rule For a River of Blood
As a matter of record, history will tell you
that the real Macbeth served as King of Scotland for seven years.
Act II Scene 1.5
Three witches enter. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
are holding hands waiting for them near a cauldron.
Macbeth-Why would you make us wait so long, you
Lady Macbeth-Calm down or they won't tell us
Witch One-For the news we have to tell you, and
the deal we plan to make it will be worth the wait.
Lady Macbeth- Just tell us, just tell us what
we have to do to rule this land and we will do it.
Witch Two- You are so eager and so full of
venom. I know we can make a deal tonight.
Lady Macbeth- Thank you!
Witch Three- That was not a compliment.
Macbeth- Please just tell us what we need to
Witch One- Do as we wish and we will promise
you seven years as the King and Queen of Scotland. You will be the
mightiest rulers in the land and will have everything your heart
desires. We promise this prophecy will last for 2,555 days. Seven
years of heaven, seven years of power, seven years of pure joy. Will
you do as we ask?
Lady Macbeth- Of course, of course, anything!
Macbeth- No, wait! We have not heard their
terms yet. What if is something we cannot live with? Please be
reasonable my beautiful wife. We must think this through before
answering so quickly.
Lady Macbeth-I am so tired of your weakness!
We've been given this incredible opportunity and all you can do is
whine! If you do not do this for me we're through! If I am not queen
of Scotland head of these lands I will leave you this night. Do not
Macbeth- Forgive me, forgive my weakness! I
will do anything to keep you happy. All right, tell me what I need
to do to make this prophecy come true.
Witch Two- You must kill King Duncan, his two
Chamberlains, Banquo, Lady Macduff and all of her children. Anybody
else you want to murder along the way is fine with us but these are
the murders you must commit to have your seven years of rule.
Lady Macbeth- A fair price indeed, thank you
witches for this opportunity. We will begin this very night with the
King's murder. First we will bathe in their blood, and then we will
bathe in jewels and admiration for seven beautiful years.
Macbeth- This is not a deed I think I can
accomplish, I'm so very sorry.
Lady Macbeth- I am giving you no choice. Do not
be a coward…. Be my hero. You are my hero aren't you?
Macbeth- A hero does not bathe in blood.
Lady Macbeth- You will do this for me or this
will be the last time you see me.
Witch Three- Our time on this Earth is limited
make your decision now.
Macbeth- Oh forgive me for my weakness! Yes,
you three evil demons, I will take this deal for seven years of
rule. I will do everything you ask.
Three Witches- (chanting) seven years, seven
years, seven years, seven years.
The three witches disappear.
Lady Macbeth- I guarantee you will never regret
this decision my wonderful husband. (Muttering to herself) Oh what
will I wear to my coronation? I will wear more jewels than my neck
can hold, a crown larger than any that has ever lain upon a head.
Every eye will be upon me on my coronation day.
Macbeth- What have I done? My wife have you
given any thought to what will happen when the seven years is done?
Lady Macbeth- No, but how bad can it be?
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