Macbeth Broken Down
An Introduction to Shakespeare and Macbeth
The Life of William Shakespeare
Fun Facts About Shakespeare
- Shakespeare's parents and children were completely illiterate.
- Shakespeare invented many words and phrases or made them more popular. Examples are "eyeball" or "in a pickle".
- He wrote an epitaph(a message on his tomb) that put a curse on his remains. This was to prevent grave robbers from breaking into his grave. To this day, this curse has worked.
Curse or Coincidence?
The 27 Club
A group of influential artists that all died when they were 27. Most died because of a lifestyle that involved drugs, alcohol and excessive partying.
The Madden Curse
A curse that affects the player who is on the cover of the Madden video game.
The Curse of Macbeth
Also known as The Scottish Play. It is believed a curse was put on Macbeth because of the rituals displayed throughout. Anytime this play is performed, something goes wrong.
The 27 Club
The Truth in Fiction
Understanding Shakespeare's Language
- Shakespeare rearranged sentences. Start by looking for the subject, verb and object of the sentence.
- Shakespeare leaves out syllables, letters and words, similarly to how we do.
- Some words may be unfamiliar or have different meanings, but don't be discouraged.
Shakespeare writes a little like Yoda talks, often changing the position of adjectives, adverbs, phrases and verbs. Here's an example:
Original sentence: The roses smelled good.
Re-write #1: Smelled good the roses.
Re-write #2: Good the roses smelled.
Re-write #3: Good smelled the roses.