Shakespeare & Macbeth

The play to rule them all

The Truth in Fiction

A. King Duncan- The king of Scotland who is a father figure to Lady Macbeth

B. King Macbeth- A Scottish general who is led to wicked thought by three witches.

C. Witches- The representations of man’s greed and temptation

About Macbeth

A. It is still popular because it is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and shows the hate and bigotry of men.

B. Some themes include the corrupting power of unchecked ambition, the relationship between masculinity and cruelty, and the difference between kingship and tyranny.

C. This quote means that what one perceives to be fair is perceived to be foul by another. Two man can not agree with one thing. There will always be one ho thinks that what they thing is fair to be foul.

D. She represents one of the witches who whispers the seed of violence in Macbeth. She is more or less the most convincing witch to Macbeth.

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King James

A. King James was a king who was a great admirer of poetry. Shakespeare made compliments to king James in his plays. King James believed in Witchcraft and hunted witches.

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Understanding Shakespeare's Language

A. Shakespeare words his plays just like how Yoda speaks in Star Wars.

Yoda says phrases such as “strong in the force, you are.” Shakespeare also constructs phrases in this manner. Shakespeare would take sentences such as "The cat was black" into "Was black, the cat", "Black was the cat" and "The black was cat".
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The Life and Times of William Shakesphere

A. When Shakespeare was a child his father was a glove maker. He went to ‘petty’ schools that taught him how to read and write. One of his earliest plays is Henry IV parts I, II, and III.

B. He lived to be 52, his father was a glove maker, and he had seven siblings.

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Soliloquy- an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.

Foreshadowing- hinting of things to come

Paradox- something with no write answer

Dramatic irony- a cruel twist of fate that relates to a sequence of events

Pun- taking a sentence and making a joke with it

Alliteration- the same letter or sound occurring more than once
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