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Shakespears Mcbeth

Shakespears Mcbeth

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Kristen Cassels6-28-101.
List the general categories of Shakespeare’s plays and give an example of each.
Shakespeare’s plays can be placed into several generalized categories. The first category can be
termed as the histories. These were loosely based on the tales of Tudor historian Raphael Holinshed.Shakespeare also drew inspiration from the Roman plays,
inspired by Plutarch’s
Lives of the Ancient Romans.
Great examples of Shakespeare’s history plays are those that contain stories of 
King Henry V,IV, VI,
and VII. Shakespeare also told tales of the courts of King John and King Richard’s I and II.
 Secondly were his comedies. These usually would take place in the English countryside or anItalian town. They were often whimsical and revolved around romance. Some of my personal favoriteShakespeare comedies were
 , The Merchant of Venice
Taming of the Shrew 
, and
 A Midsummer Night’s
The third type of category seen in Shakespeares plays were the tragedies. These would tale of legends of the past that were often dark. These were often some of his most famous plays. Theyincluded
, and
 Julius Caesar 
.The fourth group was known as his romances. Originally coined as a tragicomedy these included
The Winters Tale, The Tempest, and The Two Noble Kinsmen
Lastly, there are the “problem comedies”. These plays have become notoriously hard t
ocategorize. Being grouped by falling in-between a comedy and a satire we have
 All's Well That EndsWell, Measure For Measure
2. Read Sonnet 18 (see syllabus) and describe two metaphors that Shakespeare uses in the poem (can be anextended metaphor). How does he use the concept of time in the poem? What does he say about being human and? What does he say about love? In an Elizabethan/Shakespearean sonnet,
the poet’s“problem” is resolved in the last 6 lines. How does he resolve the “problem” in this sonnet? (hint: what 
makes people or things immortal?)
In line four of Sonnet 18, Shakespeare states,
“And Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”.
 This line is a strong metaphor for comparing the season of summer as a renter. In this statement it canbe determined that Shakespeare sees summer as fleeting and only her for a while. By comparingsummer to a lease he is showing that it has no permeability. A person who rents a home has no
intention of occupying it for the rest of their life. In line 10 when stating, “Nor Lose possession of thatfair thou ow’st”. This can as well be seen as something that cannot be owned. Instead of the weather
that is being leased, it is her beauty. In a since, it seems as though Shakespeare is claiming that her
beauty is something that she borrowed. She was “leased” this beauty for a period of time but it was
never hers to keep.The concept of time in the poem is shown as fleeting. By expressing the quick fade of summer,we are given the idea that time is fleeting. There are many metaphors, puns, and similes that arethroughout Sonnet 18 that make this woman seem unworldly. Finally, in line 11 though we see that likeus she is too human. Although Shakespeare has made it clear throughout the sonnet that life is fleeting
he finally uses the term death. “Nor Shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade”.
Shakespearethrough the sonnet shows that she is human and that death is in a matter of time. At the same time andwith the same point he rebuttals himself by declaring that his love will prevent her from ever perishing.In the end Shakespeare in a sense
does keep her from death’s shadow by immortalizing hi
s love for herin the lines of his Sonnet. Every time the poem is read she is given life again.
3. Find a soliloquy in
that seems like a sonnet or a poem to you and describe it. (Be sure to givethe Act and Scene of the sonnet in MLA format.)
In act II of 
the mood is very dark. The scene is set with Banquo and his son Felancewalking the halls of the Castle. When they run into Macbeth, Banquo expresses that he is having troublesleeping. Every time
he does dream he has “cursed thoughts”(2.1.8.).
When Banquo suggests toMacbeth that the witches have
revealed “some truth” to him
, Macbeth states that he has not thought of them since their encounter in the woods (2.1.19
20). Then as Banquo and Felance leave Macbeth alonein the dark hallway, Macbeth imagines a floating dagger in front of him. Lines 611-643 in Act II scene 1,which are spoken by Macbeth, can be seen a sonnet or poem. While speaking this lines Macbeth relatestopics by comparison. Beginning when Macbeth sees the dagger floating before him, its handle ispointing toward his hand and its tip aiming him toward Duncan. Every time Macbeth attempts to reachout and grab the dagger it disappears. Macbeth begins to wonders whether the dagger he is seeing is
really there or a “dagger of the mind, a false creation / Proceeding from the heat
oppressed brain”
4. Shakespeare wrote his plays in verse, meaning the lines have a meter, usually iambic pentameter. Heoften ended scenes with a rhyming couplet (you can see a definition in the Poetry Power Point in CourseDocuments). Find a rhyming couplet in the play and explain the context of it.
Away, and mock the time with fairest showFalse face must hide what the false heart doth know(1. 7.356-57.).In these lines Shakespeare is stating that with appearance does not always follow truth. Situations caneasily hide the truth within them. Macbeth is stating these lines to Lady Macbeth after she has finallyconvinced him to kill Duncan.
With her “false face” she must hide any knowledge of Duncans death.“false heart doth know”, even though she is hiding it on her face in her heart she knows what she has
really done.
5. Describe how one of the topics below of your choice is explored in the play and give an example asevidence: Fate or destiny, gender, nobility of title, the power of evil, causality (cause and effect).
The role of gender in
can seem distorted by not following with the time. LadyMacbeth seems to take on a more masculine role. Lady Macbeth is constantly belittling her husband for
his weakness’s by calling into question his own manhood.
 When you durst do it, then you were a man;And, to be more than what you were, you wouldBe so much more the man. Nor time nor place (1.7.527-29.).Although, towards the end of the play the role does seem to be reversed, most of it is spent with LadyMacbeth being the dominant figure. Her goal is ultimately obtained with this use of her banter towardsMacbeth.
6. Discuss the witches as characters in at least one well-developed paragraph (minimum). Back up yourargument with specific details from the play. Here are some questions to think about: Are the witches evil? Do they see the future? Are they forces of nature? Does Macbeth see them again inreality or in his own mind? In other words, are they real? Do they cause him to commit the murder? Dothey really make him have visions (or is he just insane)? If insane, do they cause him to be insane? Do they represe
nt Fate (this one kind of goes with the “forces of nature” one)? Do they, with Lady Macbeth,

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