Macbeth is a feast of a play; by that I mean that it has, as with all Shakespearean plays, a multitudinous amount of things that can be analysed—for starters one of the things we looked at was the role of the witches at the beginning of the play. I found it interesting that they could be played up two ways: firstly as the ones manipulating Macbeth’s future into fruition, or they can play a more symbolic role as ungendered women (which comes into play later with Lady Macbeth). Moreover, the play is wrought with these sorts of double meanings and alternative modes of performance—while the audience of the time most certainly would have picked up on, and preferred the paranormal version of the witches’ significance. Nevertheless, I think it is important to realise how the blending of theatre and reality worked in the period. As we’d read before in the reading from the beginning of the semester regarding audience participation in the play (and although there was some disagreement about whether or not the groundlings would shout at the actors), Macbeth is a treasure trove of this sort of metatheatre. My favourite part in the whole of the play is the “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” soliloquy in Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28. This quintessentially demonstrates the metatheatre that I will be writing about in my extended essay; not only do I find the idea quite captivating that the actor breaks the 4th wall addressing the audience, but I also enjoy the modernity of the philosophy encapsulated within Macbeth’s message. The nihilistic image of the actor coming forward to the audience and essentially saying to them that they too are all actors in life, and that it all signifies nothing. What’s more interesting than that is the way that the actor can alter the audience’s perception of a character, the words on the page can remain the same—yet the way they are read can totally
William Shakespeare’s play,(1606 James I) Macbeth is considered one of the darkest and bloodiest tragedies of all time. The play dramatizes the virulent psychological aspect of humanity by revealing weaknesses of the human nature. Shakespeare presents the overspreading influence of evil over the guilty and ambitious minds which lead them to commit the most treacherous villainy that affect not only the man and the state but the family and physical universe.
Form: Tragedy, taught audiences lessons…
The word “essay” derives from the French “essayer” - “to try” or “to attempt”. Hence, an essay is a text that attempts to argue (prove or make clear) a point of view.
The essay’s argument is the logical ordering of sequenced specific EVIDENCE in support of a point of view proposed at the start of the essay.
The word “argument” when applied to an essay does not mean that it debates or argues as two friends might argue over which team is the better football team. “Argument” comes…
By Jacobus Overgaauw
Suicide may be a selfish act but it is not an unacceptable one. Different people all see suicide differently. Suicide has a wide effect on family as well as friends. In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare there is a case of suicide that shows all of the issues of the touchy subject, suicide.
People often see the subject of suicide to be “taboo” or a “no go” area, generally something people just don’t like to talk about understandably. In the play Macbeth when…
English Period 2
Macbeth Final Essay
Lady Macbeth isn't the only person or factor in Macbeth’s downfall but she is a person that should
take the most responsibility, she does play a large role in the downfall of Macbeth. She is Macbeth’s wife and
essential to him and pushes him to do what he would not have been able to do on his own. Macbeth himself
is highly ambitious and determined, but Lady Macbeth is even more. At first he refuses to kill Duncan but she
persuades him and eventually gets him to do it…
how the text supports your argument about the time period. You will be required to research and read critical analysis essays about your two texts, and include quotations from those sources (you’ll get a handout on this on Tuesday, 4/22). Note: you will not need direct quotations from the texts in these paragraphs; your quoted material will come from the critical analysis essays that you find.
4. A paragraph concerning a short work (probably a poem) that you find during your research that helps…
of the most performed string quartets1. Many musicologists considered this to be his epitaph which was his way to express the pain and depression he was feeling at the time. In my essay I will show how String Quartet came to be through some of Shostakovich’s important moments in his life such as the writing of Lady Macbeth and the Funeral March, as well as his struggle with the supremacy of communism.
Dmitry Shostakovich born on September 25th 1906. At a young age was considered a musical prodigy…
Greenblatt et al, eds, The Norton Shakespeare International Student Edition. Second Edition (New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 2008).
Ben Jonson, Volpone ed. Brian Parker and David Bevington (Manchester: Revels Student Edition 1999).
A good selection of essays is also available at a reasonable price in Russ McDonald (ed.), Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1945-2000 (Blackwell, 2004). This book is not a set text, but it is worth considering purchasing it.
1. Aims and objectives of…
Critical Essay Outline
While Reading William Shakespeare's The Tempest, there were several elements which seemed as though they held a symbolic meaning deeper than their superficial appearance. Prospero and his magic, Ariel the spirit and his influence on the supporting characters, the distinct tone of each of the three storylines, and many other details will be covered in detail. Throughout reading The Tempest, these details felt as though it were alluding to similarities between Prospero and William…
Abraham Lincoln: Government of the people, by the people, for the people’ 1863
Also known as the ‘Gettysburg Address’, this concise speech is simple in its language yet carries a complex message of freedom for all men including the abolition of Negroes in slavery during the period of the Civil War in America. Given at Gettysburg after a great battle and victory for the North, Lincoln praises the efforts of the dead and also calls upon the living to continue fighting for the cause of…
the individual and the collective anxiety-neurosis of the period following the Second World War. This feeling of anxiety, dread, or anguish is notably present in the works of writers like Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.
Annotation—Explanatory notes added to a text to explain, cite sources, or give bibliographic data (by the author or student).
Antithesis—A balancing of two opposite or contrasting words, phrases, or clauses.
Apostrophe—An address to the dead as if living; to the inanimate…