04 June, 2017
Topic: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Ciara, Rawnsley. "Behind the Happily-Ever-After: Shakespeare’s Use of Fairy Tales and
All’s Well That Ends Well." Journal of Early Modern Studies, vol. 2, Iss 0, no. 0, 2013, pp. 141,
Dr. Ciara Rawnsey has a PhD from The University of Western Australia in English and
Culture Studies. She did her dissertation on Shakespeare’s use of fairy tales within his plays. It is
her belief that Shakespeare used popular fairy tales both because they were entertaining and
because they were emotional models. Being able to understand how, and why, Shakespeare
used fairy tales as sources for his work will give me new perspectives for my Play Expert Paper.
Cox, John D.1. "Religion and Suffering in "Macbeth" Christianity & Literature, Volume 62,
Number 2, Winter 2013, pp. 225-240
John Cox, a professor of English at Hope College, wrote this article in 2013. The article
discusses the religious connections in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Cox argues that
there is a religious meaning to Shakespeare’s tragedy through the suffering. This article will be
useful in developing a theme for Macbeth and even in understanding perhaps the reason
Shakespeare felt inspired to write this tragic play.
Fitzsimons, Declan. "Shakespeare’s Characters Show Us How Personal Growth Should
Happen." Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, 30 Jan. 2017, pp. 2-4
Declan Fitzsimons is Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD who wrote
this article to give correlation between the characters that William Shakespeare created and
personal growth. “Shakespeare teaches us moderns that in the face of an uncertain world, selfawareness — that much vaunted leadership quality — is only worthy of the name when it is
revelatory. And it can only be revelatory when we are willing to concede that we know
ourselves only partially” (Fitzsimons). This article can provide further insight into character
development which can always add a new perspective for my paper.
Howard, Jean E. “Introduction to Macbeth.” The Norton Shakespeare. Based on the
Oxford Edition. W.W. Norton and Company, 2008 GCU Shakespeare E-Book,
Jean Howard is the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia
University. As a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America, she is the author of a
great deal of books that focus on Renaissance drama. The introduction to the play can give
further insight from the mind of a scholar. The introduction often provides a brief summary of
the play as well as possible relevant historic content. This information may be crucial in reading
the play and developing any time of understanding of the content.
MACDONALD, JULIA. "Demonic Time in Macbeth." Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 17, no. 1,
May 2010, pp. 76-96
In this interesting article, Julia Macdonald from the University of North Texas argues
that Shakespeare used figurative and plot language in order to adjust the conspicuity of linear
existential time, cyclical time and providential time and their relation to each other. It is a
complicated article, though interesting, that could potentially tie into the idea that Shakespeare
used religion as a theme within Macbeth.
Mafruha, Ferdous. "The Values of Masculinity in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth."
Advances in Language and Literary Studies, Vol 8, Iss 2, Pp 22-25 (2017), no. 2, 2017, DOI
From the Northern University of Bangladesh, Ferdous Mafruha writes about the gender
roles within William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Gender roles seem to play a large part in the plays
written by Shakespeare, and this is no exception. The article shows the value of masculinity and
how it plays an important part in the drama. This of course could help explain character
development as well as a theme for the play.
Pressley, J.M. “Shakespeare’s Source Material.” Shakespeare Resource Center, 2017.
J.M. Pressley is the editor at the Shakespeare Resource Center, an online center
for William Shakespeare information and resources. The brief article contains some ideas from
where William Shakespeare gathered his inspiration for some of his plays. He states that,
“Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland was perhaps Shakespeare's
greatest single source” (Pressley). This can add to my research about the sources William
Shakespeare used, especially since the website contains even more links to other helpful
Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. The Norton Shakespeare. Based on the Oxford Edition,
edited by Stephen Greenblatt, Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, and Katharine Eisaman
Maus. W.W. Norton and Company, 2008, GCU Shakespeare E-Book,
William Shakespeare is a world renowned playwright who is famous for many of his
renaissance era plays. His play Macbeth is what I will be doing focusing my Expert Paper on, and
therefore it is a necessary source to cite.
Shapiro, James. “The Year of the Lear: Shakespeare in 1606.” Simon & Schuster, 2016.
James Shapiro is a William Shakespeare scholar who revists the year of 1606 in order to
tie in the events going on that lead Shakespeare to write three of his biggest plays, including
Macbeth. This short book will help me to tie in the historical events that Shakespeare was
inspired by in order to fully understand and therefore better analyze Macbeth.
Uhr, John. "Investigating Public Integrity in Macbeth." Public Integrity, vol. 17, no. 3,
Summer2015, pp. 279-290, DOI 10.1080/10999922.2015.1034610
John Uhr, a Professor at the Australian University, writes of fundamental problems in
administration ethics. His article discusses how William Shakespeare’s Macbeth discusses the
situation of confronting corrupt leadership. It is his belief that Macbeth studies integrity-testing
that remains relevant even today. This article will be useful perhaps in determining a theme or
development in Macbeth.
Valiunas, Algis. "America's Shakespeare." National Affairs, vol. 30, Winter2017, pp. 174186
Algis Valiunas is a fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center who writes an article that
discusses William Shakespeare and his role in America, both in film and in literature. He
discusses other famous authors, such as Walt Whitman, and the impact made upon them and
their writing. This article in particular would add to the textual background of William
Shakespeare since as time goes by his work becomes seemingly more and more popular and
develops new meanings based on interpretations.
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