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Shakespeare’s Tragedies

Everybody dies.


P.S. They forgot one. In Act V, Scene 2 of Othello, Gratiano says about Desdemona, “I am glad thy father’s dead/Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief/Shore his old thread in twain,” which suggests that, like Lady Montague, Brabantio died of a broken heart. This brings the death toll of Othello to five.

Concept by Cam Magee, design by Caitlin S. Griffin (who might possibly be this Caitlin Griffin, who is Education Programs Assistant for the Folger Shakespeare Library).

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Social Media Macbeth

fbtwitterNow that we have completed reading Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it’s time to update the play for the twenty-first century using one of the two most common social media platforms: Facebook and Twitter.

Each platform has its strengths. Facebook allows you to take a more in-depth look at a particular character from the play, while Twitter lends itself better to interactions among the characters and details of the plot.

To complete the project, follow these steps:

  • You may elect to complete the project alone or you may work with ONE partner.
  • Select one platform, Facebook or Twitter.
  • Facebook users must select a character from the play to highlight. You will complete a full Facebook profile for that character, including likes, friends, photos, other personal information, and interaction with a couple of other characters, using this Facebook Template.
  • Twitter users must select one act of the play to highlight. You will complete a Twitter profile for one character in the act, including Twitter handle and suggested users. You will also create logical hashtags related to actions and people in the act that can be used in the individual tweets and a series of tweets about the action, using this Twitter Template.
  • The templates were created in Microsoft Word and are easy to update, but be careful! Photos and other elements may move around if you’re not careful. Plan accordingly.
  • The best way to change pictures in your template is to save the picture you want to a folder or to your desktop. Right click the image you wish you change on the template and choose “Change Picture.” Navigate to your saved picture and select it, then click Insert. The new picture should replace the old one without changing the layout of the template.
  • Remember that the idea of the project is to reflect your knowledge of the play and its characters. Humor is encouraged!
  • Communicate changes and suggestions with your partner using Edmodo. Link your files to an Edmodo post at the end of each period so that your partner may continue to work if you are absent for any reason.

Your completed project should be uploaded to Edmodo by Friday, April 10.

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Thug Notes: Macbeth

Strange women on moors with cauldrons = bad juju! Salty language and adult themes ahead. Proceed with caution.

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Macbeth Vocabulary

macbethPlease study the following words for your vocabulary test, which will be given on Wednesday, March 18.






Choose two additional words from the remainder of the list to study.

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Macbeth – Text Sources

Macbeth coverIf you wish to download a copy of Macbeth to your phone or tablet, you may find copies here:

Project Gutenberg (links to .html, .epub, and Kindle-formatted versions)

Macbeth for Kindle ($.99 charge)

Macbeth for Nook ($.99 charge)

Download or listen to a streaming audio version of the play at Librivox.

An audio book file of Macbeth can be found here.

The full text of the play may be read online here.

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Macbeth Anticipation Guide

macbeth.art_.zoom_Copy each statement and indicate whether you agree or disagree.

People will do whatever is necessary to achieve their goals.

Our fate is predetermined; we cannot alter our destiny.

It is impossible to be ambitious and maintain your integrity

There are circumstances or events that justify murdering someone.

Everyone is capable of lying, killing, and betrayal; in other words, of being evil.

The world is just; if you do something wrong, you will be punished for it.

Our nature (i.e. our character) is fixed; we cannot change who or what we are.

Patriotism requires obedience to the governing authority.

True love has no ambition.

Loyalty to family supersedes loyalty to government.

You are the maker of your own destiny.

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

What goes around comes around (karma).

Success is worth any price you have to pay.

Your horoscope is a good indicator of how your day will go.

After you have made your selections, choose three of the statements and explain briefly what made you choose whether you agreed or disagreed with the statement. (You may do this on the back of the paper.)

Adapated from Burke, Cummins, and Herrold.

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Our combination of Macbeth and social media resulted in a number of humorous hashtags. What other ones can you think of for the play and its characters?









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Macbeth Act V Quotations

DIRECTIONS: For each quotation, list the speaker, the person being spoken to, and the meaning of the line in the context of the scene.

If you were absent on Friday, February 28, complete either the odd or even number quotations.

Out, damned spot! Out, I say!…Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

Those he commands move only in command,
Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title
Hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe
Upon a dwarfish thief.

Were I from Dunsinane away and clear,
Profit again should hardly draw me here.

Let every soldier hew him down a bough
And bear’t before him. Thereby shall we shadow
The numbers of our host, and make discovery
Err in report of us.

Out, out, brief candle!

Tyrant, show thy face!
If thou be’st slain and with no stroke of mine,
My wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still.

Turn, hell-hound, turn!

Despair thy charm,
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb
Untimely ripped.

Lay on, Macduff,
And damned be him that first cries “Hold, enough!”

Hail, King I for so thou art; behold, where stands
Th’ usurper’s cursed head. The time is free.

Macbeth fights Macduff, scene from the 1971 Roman Polanski film

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Macbeth Act IV Quotations

DIRECTIONS: For each quotation, list the speaker, the person being spoken to, and the meaning of the line in the context of the scene.

If you were absent on Wednesday, February 26, complete either the odd or even number quotations.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.

Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff;
Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.

Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth.

Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him

Horrible sight! Now I see ’tis true;
For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me
And points at them for his.

Wisdom? To leave his wife, to leave his babes,
His mansion and his titles, in a place
From whence himself does fly? He loves us not;

He has killed me, mother.  Run away, I pray you!

My first false speaking
Was this upon myself. What I am truly,
Is thine and my poor country’s to command…

All my pretty ones?
Did you say all? O hell-kite! All?
What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
At one fell swoop?

Johann Heinrich Füssli, “Macbeth consulting the Vision of the Armed Head,” before 1825.

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Macbeth Act III Quotations

DIRECTIONS: For each quotation, list the speaker, the person being spoken to, and the meaning of the line in the context of the scene.

If you were absent on Wednesday, February 19, complete either the odd or even number quotations.

Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
…and I fear Thou play’dst most foully for’t.

There is none but he
Whose being I do fear: and under him
My genius is rebuked, as it is said
Mark Antony’s was by Caesar.

I am one, my liege,
Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
Hath so incensed that I am reckless what
I do to spite the world.

’Tis safer to be that which we destroy
Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.

O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!
Thou mayst revenge .

Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake
Thy gory locks at me.

Shame itself!
Why do you make such faces?
When all’s done, You look but on a stool.

It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.

He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear
His hopes ’bove wisdom, grace, and fear:

Thither Macduff Is gone to pray the holy king, upon his aid…
And this report
Hath so exasperate the king that he
Prepares for some attempt of war.

Théodore Chassériau, “The Ghost of Banquo,” 1855

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