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Macbeth

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English 1140 Reading Response #4: Shakespeare’s Macbeth Points: 10 Directions: Please use specific examples and quotes*** to support your observations and provide MLA in-text citations (Line Numbers). 1. Each of you will be assigned a section of the first act of Macbeth. Act 1, Scene 1.4 Phina this is your section Please do the following: a) Write a paraphrase of your assigned section line by line (do the best you can; try to capture the spirit of the lines) b) What do we learn about each character in your section (traits/motivations)? c) Choose two quotes from your section that you think are important (maybe these lines give us insight into characters or provide us with important plot information) d) What is the most emotional part of your section? 2. Describe the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. What are their sources of conflict? What kind of marriage do they have? Use specific quotes and examples to support your claims. 3. From the first act of the play, what kind of hints do we receive about Macbeth’s character? Why would Shakespeare make him the center of this play? PART B ACT 4, SCENE 1.4 1.Describe the main action of the scene (what conflicts/events take place in it?) b. What do we learn about each character in your section (traits/motivations?) c. Choose two quotes from your section that you think are important (maybe these lines give us insight into characters or provide us with important plot information) d. What is the most emotional part of your section? e. How would you stage this scene (consider position of the characters/props/lighting/costumes etc.) 2. Describe the transformation of Macbeth from the beginning of the play through Act 4. How has he changed? What specific forces (events, other people, his own flaws) have caused these transformations? Use specific lines to illustrate your claims. 3. How does Macbeth's superstitious beliefs influence his choices? If you were the director of the play, how might you instruct the actor playing Macbeth approach the scenes with supernatural elements, such as the floating dagger that leads Macbeth to Duncan and the ghost of Banquo at the banquet? Are they real or projections of Macbeth’s mind? 4. This play is packed with imagery. Here are few recurring images in the play: Nature, Night/Darkness, Blood, Sleep, Acting/Appearance, and Clothing. Choose two of these image and explain how Shakespeare is using these images to reinforce a theme or understand a character. Be sure to reference specific line numbers to support your claims. ...

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