Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Macbeth's Insecurities

1. Describe places, people, or events that make you feel insecure or uncertain. How do you tend to act when you’re feeling insecure?

2. Macbeth is also plagued by his insecurities. Why do you think he is haunted by the ghost of Banquo, but NOT by the ghost of Duncan? Think of at least two reasons.

3. Before deciding to murder both Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth delivers two long monologues. Reread the last few lines of each monologue (51, 87).

Why do you think Macbeth is so concerned with whether or not they will go to heaven or hell?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Phoney Faces

Think of a person you know who acts one way when he or she is with a group of people, but acts very differently when you’re with him or her in private. Describe how this person acts in public or private, and explain why you think he or she wears such a mask sometimes-why not be yourself at all times?

To Bring to Class Monday: Act one contains many quotes that address the idea of false appearances. Find two quotes, put them into your own words, and explain how they relate to the theme of appearance v. reality.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Impressive...but Let's Dig Deeper.

I am really impressed with the discussion that is happening. Let's continue our discussion and let's ponder this:

There is an emerging sense of evil on the island. Where do you think it is most prevalent? How can we relate this to Macbeth?