All about Shakespeare & Macbeth!

The basics on navigating one of "Will's" most famous plays.

Getting to know the author

-William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

-At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway with whom he had two children

-He started writing sonnets, poems, and plays around 1594

-His plays were not published or sold until after his death in 1616

-Very little is known about Shakespeare's life, though what we do know comes from several wills and records

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Understanding Shakespeare's Language

A few things to consider while reading Shakespeare and trying to comprehend his sometimes inscrutable language is that he wrote in a poetic form. The language in which he wrote in was not necessarily the speaking language at the time. Also, Shakespeare often wrote in a form called inverted syntax. Below is an example of Yoda from Star Wars, who is known for his use of inverted syntax!
Star Wars Poetry Response: Syntax Lessons With Yoda

Some important literary elements to consider

Soliloquy- Speech in which a character releases his or her thoughts by speaking to him or herself

Foreshadowing- A hint at what is to appear eventually in the story

Paradox- A self-contradictory statement

Dramatic Irony- Irony in which the audience knows something that the characters do not

Fiction or Non-Fiction: The Truth about Macbeth's Characters

About Macbeth

"Fair is foul and foul is fair"


Coming straight from Macbeth itself, this quote justifies that not everything is what it seems to be. This thematic element, along with other elements such as horror, portraying love and ambition, and conveying climactic moments in life, are the foundation of Macbeth. Even to this day, Macbeth continues to resonate with audiences.