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Donald Swenson
Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 8:47:28 AM
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I do not understand, why the English army attacking Macbeth picks up branches?Think
hedy mmm
Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 9:58:37 AM

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Welcome to TFD Donald Swenson,

I jumped on your thread because William Shakespeare's works have been a favorite of mine since college. I had an English Lit professor who taught us all to love Shakespeare...Macbeth, although most tragic is my favorite. 50 yrs later i still recall the verses I memorized...they still bring such joy.
Below are 2 excerpts that address the trees you asked about. I've included at the bottom, a ref for your reading enjoyment.

The Tragedy of Macbeth: Plot
Act 5, Scene 4
...Malcolm orders his men to each cut a branch from a tree from Birnam forest to provide camouflage as they attack the castle. Malcolm's command to carry the boughs signals the true end of Macbeth, for Birnam Wood is moving toward Dunsinane.
Act 5, Scene 5
...A messenger enters and reports that he has seen something unbelievable: as he looked out toward Birnam Wood, it appeared that the forest began to move toward the castle. Macbeth is stunned and begins to fear that the witch's words may come true after all. He instructs his men to ring the alarm.

http://www.shmoop.com/two-towers/moving-forest-symbol.html

"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
thar
Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 10:21:33 AM

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As to why they did it.....





The same reason as any soldier who doesn't want to get shot at! Whistle
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 9:42:40 PM

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hedy mmm wrote:
I've included at the bottom, a ref for your reading enjoyment.
http://www.shmoop.com/two-towers/moving-forest-symbol.html

Hey! Shakespeare and the Ents!
An interesting article.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, February 09, 2017 4:27:36 AM

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In Finnish and Estonian mythology it was believed that a forest can start moving because of the evilness of people.
(Kalevala and Kalevipoeg)


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
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