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Alarums. Enter MACBETH
Trumpets and the noise of battle. MACBETH enters.




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.
MACBETH
They have me tied to a stake. I can’t run away. I have to stand and fight, like a

bear

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

bear
.Where’s the man who wasn’t born from a woman? He’s the only one I’m afraid of, nobody else.
Enter YOUNG SIWARD
YOUNG SIWARD enters.

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YOUNG SIWARD
What is thy name?
YOUNG SIWARD
What’s your name?

MACBETH
Thou 'lt be afraid to hear it.
MACBETH
You’ll be afraid to hear it.


YOUNG SIWARD
No, though thou call’st thyself a hotter name
Than any is in hell.
YOUNG SIWARD
No I won’t, even if you were one of the worst demons in hell.

MACBETH
My name’s Macbeth.
MACBETH
My name’s Macbeth.

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YOUNG SIWARD
The devil himself could not pronounce a title
More hateful to mine ear.
YOUNG SIWARD
The devil himself couldn’t say a name I hate more.

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


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



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MACBETH
     Thou wast born of woman.
But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
Brandished by man that’s of a woman born.
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.

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