• Alarums. Enter MACBETH

    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.
    Enter YOUNG SIWARD

    YOUNG SIWARD

    5What is thy name?

    MACBETH

    Thou 'lt be afraid to hear it.

    YOUNG SIWARD

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

    MACBETH

    My name’s Macbeth.

    YOUNG SIWARD

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

    MACBETH

         No, nor more fearful.

    YOUNG SIWARD

    Thou liest, abhorrèd tyrant. With my sword
    I’ll prove the lie thou speak’st.
    They fight and YOUNG SIWARD is slain

    MACBETH

         Thou wast born of woman.
    But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
    15Brandished by man that’s of a woman born.
  • Trumpets and the noise of battle. MACBETH enters.

    MACBETH

    They have me tied to a stake. I can’t run away. I have to stand and fight, like a bear.Where’s the man who wasn’t born from a woman? He’s the only one I’m afraid of, nobody else.

    bear

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

    YOUNG SIWARD enters.

    YOUNG SIWARD

    What’s your name?

    MACBETH

    You’ll be afraid to hear it.

    YOUNG SIWARD

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

    MACBETH

    My name’s Macbeth.

    YOUNG SIWARD

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

    MACBETH

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

    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 killed.

    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.