Classic Tails Vol. 2 – Shakespeare’s Macbeth revised for dog lovers.
Macbeth was a Scottish general who was loyal to Duncan, the Scottish Terrier who was the king. But after Macbeth met three witches who prophesied that Macbeth would be king, Macbeth was no longer satisfied to remain loyal to Duncan.
Macbeth and his wife hatched a plot to kill the king in his palace and frame the king’s bulldog guards for the murder. Although Macbeth had misgivings about killing the king, his wife convinced him that it was the right thing to do. After all, she said, “No dog should be king over you”.
Macbeth then killed the king with his wife’s help, but in the following days whenever he entered one of the palace rooms, all the other palace dogs began to growl and bark at him. His guilt grew with every accusing look and every snarl from the palace dogs. He soon started feeling very remorseful about killing Duncan.
When Duncan’s murdered body was discovered, Macbeth immediately killed the unfairly accused bulldog guards to cover his tracks and protect himself. The king’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, fled Macbeth’s castle, fearing for their lives.
Macbeth tried in vain to reason with the palace dogs, fourteen purebred Scottish Terriers, all close friends of the murdered king. Macbeth then tried explaining that he really had no choice but to kill the king – his wife had made him do it. He got down on all fours, level with the dogs, and opened his heart to them, begging for forgiveness. Unfortunately for Macbeth, the dogs all suffered from horrendous bad breath owing to their steady diets of raw meat. Macbeth’s wife suggested he feed them Winston’s Fresh Tabs for their bad breath, and also to control their flatulence and body odor which was staggering to Macbeth. And so he did; but even though their breath was now fresh smelling, further conversation with the Scottish Terriers was fruitless. No amount of red, raw meat or other tasty treat could win their affection.
Macbeth soon assumed the Scottish throne. But in order to protect the throne for his descendants, he needed to kill Banquo, the Border Collie who was an army general, and also Banquo’s son – because the witches’ had told Macbeth that Banquo’s descendants would aspire to the throne after Macbeth. So Macbeth set a trap and hired murderers to kill Banquo and his son while they were on their way to a banquet at Macbeth’s palace, but Banquo’s son escaped.
Macbeth was visibly disturbed at the banquet because he was haunted by Banquo’s ghost. In the middle of the banquet he saw the ghost of the murdered king and he made a shocking scene in front of the Scottish Terriers overseeing the banquet. His outburst made the Scottish Terriers more suspicious about Macbeth’s long-term ambitions, even though Lady Macbeth tried to pretend that Macbeth was simply ill with the flu he had caught from the palace dogs.
Meanwhile, Macduff, a Scottish Deerhound who suspected that Macbeth had murdered Duncan, went to England to get help in reclaiming the throne.
Macbeth then decided to visit the witches again to learn his fate. They warned him to beware of Macduff; that he would not be defeated until Birnam wood moved to Dunsinane and that Macbeth would not be killed by someone born of a woman. Macbeth decided that all of these signs meant that he was invincible.
Meanwhile in England, Macduff and Malcolm, the remaining rightful heir to the Scottish throne, joined forces to fight Macbeth. When Macbeth learned of Macduff’s treachery, he sent murderers to Macduff’s home to kill his wife and children. When Macduff heard of this, he became enraged and resolved to kill Macbeth.
With ten thousand English troops they went to fight Macbeth. Macbeth was brave and unafraid until he learned that the troops had camouflaged themselves with wood from the Birnam forest and were moving toward Dunsinane. When Macbeth came face to face with Macduff he learned that Macduff was removed from his mother’s womb, and was, therefore, never born.
Macduff kills Macbeth and Malcolm is returned to his rightful throne.
The dogs win again!