This couldn't be truer! Macbeth, Duncan's kinsman, killed him so it was completely rational for Donalbain and Malcolm to think that they would be next! Although those around them may take their action of fleeing as a sign of guilt!
We have a lot happening this week! We will start the week off with a review for our quarterly assessment. If you need an additional copy of the Study Sheet, please see the Handouts page! Then we're going to wrap up the act on Thursday with a review game Friday. You know what that means....test Monday!!!!
Act 1 begins with a soliloquy by Macbeth, a turning point or key moment in the play.
The soliloquy begins with with Macbeth hallucinating that there is a dagger in front of him. This is the first time in the play that Macbeth hallucinates and the beginning point for many delusions to follow. This is also the mark from which Macbeth’s character starts to disintegrate. We see in him the transition from a brave, loyal subject to a fearful, lying insomniac. His speech ends with a bell sounding: “The bell invites me.” Macbeth heads for the murder, kills his conscience and submits to Evil.
Watch the transformation!
P.S. Marking Period 2 Extra Credit is due Thursday!!!
We had a great start with Macbeth- sooo nice to see everyone excited about acting out in class...and not just because we can use swords!
This week we will be finishing up Act 1 with a review planned for Wednesday and a test on Thursday. Then we will be jumping right into Act 2!
So we've met Macbeth and seen how the witches' prophecy has really messed with his head. The biggest influence though is his wife! It is commonly said that a man wears the pants in the family, however, looking closer at the play, this image is turned on it's head! Macbeth might be the man, but it is his wife who is behind the dark deeds. Macbeth’s great ambition of becoming the new Scottish King was not enough to do what was necessary to seize power. It is Lady Macbeth ,who shows determination and fearfulness pushing her husband into the path of the crime. As we will see, when she puts his manhood in doubt: “When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And, to be more than what you were, you would / Be so much more the man.(l.54)” she achieves her goal. Nevertheless, the old saying sticks: "Behind every great man is a great woman."
Parting is such sweet sorrow,
We've reached one of my all time favorite units....Shakespeare!!!
I was a bit of a nerd in high school (surprised?!). I can remember sitting in my English class reading Shakespeare and being able to "translate it" like I had known this language my entire life! This is by far a result of my mom reading Shakespeare to her tummy while pregnant with me. Weird right!? Needless to say when I started taking English courses in college, I was naturally drawn to every one that was about The Bard! I am absolutely thrilled to be teaching one of his most famous and shortest tragedies...Macbeth!
Now don't be scared or intimidated by all this! We will conquer it together! And to make things even more fun, we're going to be ACTING... yes ACTING out the play in class, complete with costumes and props!
To thy ownself be true = Keep it real
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