Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 4 weeks ago

Implied/Implicit Stage Direction in Macbeth?

What is an example of an implied/implicit stage direction in Macbeth? Thank you! 

1 Answer

  • 4 weeks ago

    Rather then do your homework for you, I’ll explain that an implied or implicit stage direction is something you can figure out from the dialogue rather then something written out explicitly.

    For example: the script might say

    Mary: I can’t let you leave John

    Now there’s no direction, but you can surmise that Mary is blocking a door or grabbing John and holding him.  That’s an example of an implicit stage direction.

    An example of an explicit stage direction would be:

    Mary [locking the door]: I can’t let you leave John 

    So read through McBeth and see if any of the dialogue implies a stage direction rather then one where it’s explicit.

    Good luck.

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