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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Modern Macbeth, Part 1 (Response #3)

       Hey guys, here we are with our third response post. Now, going into this, I had a great, awesome idea for this post. It relates to Macbeth, so that is why I am including this in the response post. Now, I am saying this upfront: I will go off topic of a normal discussion, but hopefully I'll wrap it up at the end. Without further ado, let's jump into this and see what you make of it.

     So a couple of days ago (yesterday to be specific), I had this brilliant idea of retelling Macbeth in modern times, but with a twist: The characters in Macbeth would be the faculty at friends. I have a couple great ideas about how this would go, and so here's what I brainstormed. This is just a general plot line, but hopefully I’ll talk with you (Mrs. Berkeley) and we can get something rolling.

      A Modern Macbeth


     Mr. McManus along with Mr. Garman and Mrs. Ganpule are having a secret meeting discussing the fate of Mrs. Saudek, who was recently discovered to be working in league with Gilman, of one Friend’s top enemies. They decide to fire her due to treason, and they decide that Mrs. Berkeley should take over her E block class. Mr. McManus adjourns the meeting, and Mr. Garman says that he'll talk to Mrs. Berkeley as soon as he sees her.


        Mrs. Berkeley and Mrs. Binford are going through the lunch line when the 3 lunch ladies (3 witches) start telling Mrs. Berkeley some prophecies. They first say to her “Congratulations, teacher of C block” (Which you already are). “Congratulations, teacher of E block”. And “Congratulations, headmistress of Upper School. Mrs. Berkeley is confused by all this, and Mrs. Binford takes this time to ask the ladies what about her fate. The ladies respond with “Your students will be many headmasters”. After paying for their lunch, they thank the ladies and quickly exit the line.

      Mrs. Berkeley and Mrs. Binford sit down at a booth, and start talking about the prophecies. Both are very confused, and it is at this time that Mr. Garman comes and sits down with them. Mr. Garman tells them of Mrs. Saudek’s plight, and informs Mrs. Berkeley that she is now going to be covering for her E block. Astounded, Mrs. Berkeley just sits and stares at Mr. Garman. Mrs. Binford covers for Mrs. Berkeley, saying that she had “a long day” and is sad about Mrs. Saudek, but looking forward to teaching E block. Both ladies thank Mr. Garman, and quickly dismiss themselves, immersed in what the lunch ladies said.

(Quick Break). Now, to give you some background information, the Upper School is dealing with a conflict. Even though Mr. McManus has no intent to resign, people are anticipating it. This has lead to two major sides, the English side and the Science side. Each side wants their side to be headmaster of the Upper School. Naturally, English and Science divisions are on their respective sides, but the other divisions (math, French etc..) choose which side they favor. The French division (Mrs. Binford) is on the English side. Mrs. Binford and Mrs. Berkeley happen to be friends as well. Anyway, Back to the plot:

After that lunch, Mrs. Berkeley shares her news with Mrs. Fetter (who is on the English side) to see what she makes of it. Since two of the predictions have already turned out to be true, Mrs. Fetter claims that the third one must be true as well (based on mathematics, naturally) and tells Mrs. Berkeley the only way to become headmaster is by killing Mr. McManus himself. Mrs. Berkeley has mixed feelings about the plot, but Mrs. Fetter sways her when she says that killing Mr. McManus would set things right for the school. Now that Mrs. Berkeley is intent on killing Mr. McManus, she devises a clever plan to carry out the evil deed.

In the middle of the night, during the faculty retreat to Genesee Valley, Mrs. Berkeley kills Mr. McManus. She then hides the poison capsule with Mrs. Jenkins’ things (Mrs. Jenkins is on the Science side) to try to frame her for the crime. In the morning, when Mr. McManus’ death is discovered, everybody is in shock. When Mrs. Jenkins is discovered with the poison capsule, she is immediately deemed the killer. However, the Science side does not give up on her, and proclaims that until there is enough scientific evidence, Mrs. Jenkins is innocent until proven guilty. The capsule is sent to a research lab to be thoroughly examined, and until then Mrs. Jenkins is placed on probation.  

Amidst the confusion, Mrs. Berkeley proclaims herself Headmistress saying that the English side is deemed fit to run the Upper School. This makes the conflict even worse as the Science side is outraged that Mrs. Berkeley is now the Headmistress. Following Mr. Mcmanus’ death, Mr. Spawn announces his plans to resign to distance himself from the tragic events at Friends School. This only makes things worse, as Mrs. Berkeley uses this to blame him for having a role in Mr. McManus’ death. Several days after the death, things have settled down a little bit, although both sides are extremely tense still.

This has given Mrs. Berkeley time to think about the prediction that Mrs. Binford received. Despite all that has happened, Mrs. Berkeley is worried that Mrs. Binford’s students are going to revolt against her, so she concludes that Mrs. Binford simply has got to go. If she is gone, she cannot teach any more students and then I will be safe again. In order to carry out her sinister plan, Mrs. Berkeley hires Mrs. Porcella to kill Mrs. Binford.

(Quick Break). Even though Mrs. Porcella and Mrs. Binford are in the same division, Mrs. Porcella despises Mrs. Binford with a burning passion. Many years ago, Mrs. Binford and Mrs. Porcella happened to be applying for a teaching position in the Upper School. There was only one opening however, and Mrs. Binford got it. This left Mrs. Porcella with a meager middle school position, and ever since then she has hated Mrs. Binford for taking her job. So, knowing this in mind, Mrs. Berkeley hires Mrs. Porcella to kill Mrs. Binford.

Whooh, that’s a lot to think about. Since this is a lengthy project, I am going to break it up and label this as part 1. I’ll still be working on it, it is just that right now I am particularly busy. Don’t worry, part 2 will come shortly but for now this’ll have to do. Anyway, I hope that you are enjoying it so far and I am interested in what you (Mrs. Berkeley) think of it. I just happened to have an idea in my head and one thing led to another and here I am writing this. Stay tuned for part two!

-Jack Goodenough

1 comment:

  1. !!! Oh. My. Word. JACK! This is both horrifying (I would never kill anybody!) and totally awesome (the careful retelling shows your deep, deep knowledge and understanding of the play). Excellent work!