We are opening all our Christmas presents tonight, right before we head to Utah. We leave in the morning after 8 sometime. I am really looking forward to seeing all of my family. All the Larsens and Warrens alike.
Macbeth is the required reading of Shakespeare for Seniors in Idaho. Although required it does not mean that all will “understand.” My English class is truley full of some not so smart kids. We discuss every little piece of Macbeth, just becaue of the couple of kids that do not pay attention, then ask questions. It is one of those things that just make you ANGRY!
The Story of Macbeth:
Act 1: The play takes place in Scotland. Duncan, the king of Scotland, is at war with the king of Norway, and as the play opens, he learns of Macbeth’s bravery in battle against a Scot who sided with Norway. At the same time, he hears of the treachery of the Thane of Cawdor, who was arrested. Duncan decides to give the title of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth.
Macbeth and Banquo, traveling home from the battle, meet three witches, who predict that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and king of Scotland, and that Banquo will be the father of kings. The witches disappear, and Macbeth and Banquo meet up with two nobles who inform them of Macbeth’s new title. Hearing this, Macbeth begins to contemplate murdering Duncan in order to realize the witches’ second prophecy.
Macbeth and Banquo meet up with Duncan, who tells them he is going to pay Macbeth a visit at his home at Inverness. Macbeth rides ahead to prepare his household. Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth informing her of the witches’ prophesy and Macbeth’s subsequent new title. A servant appears and tells her of Duncan’s approach. Energized, she invokes supernatural powers to strip her of her feminine softness and prepare her to murder Duncan. When Macbeth arrives at Inverness, Lady Macbeth tells him that she will take care of all the details of Duncan’s murder.
Duncan arrives at Inverness, and Lady Macbeth greets him. Macbeth fails to appear, and Lady Macbeth goes to find him. He is in his room, contemplating the weighty and evil step of killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth taunts him, telling him he will only be a man when he kills Duncan, and that she herself has less softness in her character than he does. She then tells him her plan for the murder, and Macbeth accepts it: they will kill him while his drunken bodyguards sleep, then plant incriminating evidence on the bodyguards.
Act 2: Macbeth has a vision of a bloody dagger floating before him and leading him to Duncan’s room. When he hears Lady Macbeth ring the bell to signal the completion of her preparations, Macbeth follows through with his part of the plan and leaves for Duncan’s room.
Lady Macbeth waits for Macbeth to finish killing Duncan. Macbeth enters, still carrying the bloody daggers. Lady Macbeth again chastises him for his weak-mindedness and plants them on the bodyguards herself. As she does so, Macbeth imagines that he hears a voice saying “Macbeth will sleep no more.” Lady Macbeth returns and assures Macbeth that “a little water clears us of this deed.”
At the gate the porter pretends that he is guarding the door to hell. The thanes knock at the gate, and Macduff discovers Duncan’s body when he goes in to wake him up. Macbeth kills the two bodyguards, supposedly in a fit of grief and rage, when they are discovered with the bloody daggers. Duncan’s sons Malcolm and Donalbain, fearing that their lives are in danger, flee to England and Ireland; their flight brings them under suspicion of conspiring in Duncan’s death, and Macbeth is crowned king of Scotland.
Act 3: Macbeth hires two murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance in an attempt to thwart the witches’ prophesy that Banquo will father kings. Lady Macbeth does not know of his plans, and he will not tell her. A third murderer joins the other two on the heath, and the three men kill Banquo. Fleance, however, escapes.
Macbeth throws a feast on the same night that Banquo is murdered, and Banquo’s ghost appears to him, sending him into a frenzy of terror. Lady Macbeth attempts to cover up for his odd behavior, but the party ends up dissolving as the thanes begin to question Macbeth’s sanity. Macbeth decides that he must revisit the witches to hear more of the future.
Meanwhile, Macbeth’s thanes begin to turn from him, and Macduff meets Malcolm in England to prepare an army to march on Scotland.
Act 4: The witches show Macbeth three apparitions that tell Macbeth to fear no man born of woman, and warn him that he will only fall when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane castle. Macbeth takes this as a prophecy that he is infallible. When he asks the witches if their prophesy about Banquo will come true, they show him a procession of eight kings, all of whom look like Banquo, the last holding a mirror to signify the reign of James I, the Stuart king for whom Shakespeare wrote this play.
Malcolm tests Macduff’s loyalty by confessing to multiple sins and ambitions. When Macduff proves loyal to him, the two plan the strategy they will use in attacking Macbeth. Meanwhile, Macbeth murders Macduff’s wife, whom he has deserted, along with all his children.
Act 5: Lady Macbeth sleepwalks and reveals her guilt to a watching doctor as she dreams that she cannot wash the stain of blood from her hands. Macbeth is too preoccupied with battle preparations to pay much attention to her dreams, and is angry when the doctor says he cannot cure her. As the castle is attacked, Lady Macbeth dies (perhaps by her own hand). When Macbeth hears of her death, he comments that she should have died at a different time, and muses on the meaninglessness of life. However, he reassures himself by remembering the witches’ predictions that he will only fall when two seemingly impossible things occur.
Meanwhile, the English army has reached Birnam Wood, and in order to disguise their numbers, Malcolm instructs each man to cut a branch from a tree and hold it in front of him as they march on Dunsinane. Witnessing this, Macbeth’s servant reports that he has seen something impossible ? Birnam Wood seems to be moving toward the castle. Macbeth is shaken but goes out to fight nonetheless. During the battle outside the castle walls, Macbeth kills Young Siward, the English general’s brave son. Macduff then challenges Macbeth. As they fight, Macduff reveals that he was not “born of woman” but was “untimely ripped” from his mother’s womb. Macbeth is stunned but refuses to yield to Macduff. Macduff kills him and cuts off his head. Malcolm is proclaimed the new king of Scotland.
On this day the 19th day of the 12th month of the year 2007 a.d. I declare Larsen Family Day. If you share the last name of Larsen then today is your day! Celebrate. Give thanks to those other Larsens in your life. Happy Larsen Day.
“All I want on this bright holiday evening is for all the children of the world to join hands in perfect peace and harmony, but first I want a million dollars, then a new car, then an Iphone, then the crap about the kids”-A take on the SNL skit by Steve Martin.
Happy Larsen Day. Happy Holiday. Merry Christmas.
I recently googled Larsen. The Main Result:
10. Digital Camera- Makes taking and editing pictures a breeze.
9. Computer- Stay in contact with the family.
8. Automobile-Without it would take a year to get from Salt Lake City to Downtown Salt Lake City.
7. Microsoft Power Point- School would be bland without it.
6. Sharpie- whats life without it?
5. Airplane- 6 months on a boat? or 3 hours by plane? You decide…
4. Backpack- Try carying over 76 pounds of books and binders without it…
3. Whiteboard- No more chalkboards
2. Mechanical Pencil- It makes me like writting.
1. Ipod- My littel black box of musical delight.
oh by the way….
THIS IS MY 300TH POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
This next week will be a boring one. Almost in every single class we will be watching a movie until the end of the week. My Christmas vacation starts this friday and goes until January 7th. I know right? It is a wonderful Christmas break. In economics we are watching a documentary on wal-Mart made in 1994, it is stupid. In Government we are watching Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. In English we are actually doing presentations, also we are doing presentations in speech as well. In theatre we are rehearsing for Our Town. That covers the rest of my week. I am not sure our tax dollars are paying for much this week! Farley is doing well. He is a bit bummed about the weather. Staying outside in snow can not be that much fun. We leave for Utah this saturday. Farley will be staying at a kennel(again) on christmas. I think he always ends up there. We we also be doing presents on friday. Santa will be coming to our house a few days early. I am hoping for something fun for the long car ride. It has not stopped snowing or raining here for about two weeks now. After awhile it gets old. I just hope Utah is a little less intense. I will be singing a song for the Larsen Christmas Party, possibly “If I can’t love her” from the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast, Which I will be auditioning for this next year. Also possibly “Camelot” or “Anyone can whistle.” I can not wait to see everyone. I am going to be posting alot more, just so you know. I hope to post news everyday.
Speech Teacher- “In twenty years of speech I have never seen a better Mystery Guest Speaker Speech.”
Today in speech class I presented my Mystery Guest Speech. I portrayed Theodore Roosevelt. I really got into it. I had the full costume; Nickers, Bowler Hat, Mustache, Half-glasses, exc. It really was a blast. After I got done presenting the speech teacher handed me my evaluation paper. She had scribbled out all the categories and had put 100% accross the entire page. I though it was funny. She then went even farther and gave me 8 tickets. These tickets are bathroom passes. If you do not use them they are 20 points of extra credit at semester. Seeing as I never ever use public restrooms I just earned 140 extra credit. As of now I have a 98 percent in that class. Witht he 140 points of extra credit it will bring my percentage above 100%. I just figured I would share this with you. If I ever feel like dressing up again I will post a picture.
Our Town is going well. I am really enjoying the part I was given. It is very farthly and Dr.-ISH. I have some cool set design ideas and I will be designing the set for the class. I am also going to incorporate more of a modern music to the show. I have some great songs:
Runner-Dustin O’Halloran is one such song. Make sure to look it up. It is an incredible piano piece.
Also on an entertainment note. I recently saw I AM LEGEND. It is now my favorite movie of all time. I have never seen a Will Smith movie this compelling. His acting is superb and the plot, action, drama, comedy, and moments of terror blend to create, in my mind, a complete masterpiece.
You can view pictures! Also if you want you can see who I call “friends.”