Macbeth essay, Chactacter Analysis, Textual Background, Sources used.

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Write and submit a paper of 3,000-4,500 words about the play for which the Annotated Bibliography was completed. The paper will be a critical study of a theme, character, or development of the play, and will include a discussion of the play's textual background and source material.

Textual Background: Using Norton Shakespeare: Based on the Oxford Edition and other sources (if necessary), summarize in your own words where we got the modern text of the play you are writing about. Pay special attention to any differences between different original versions from which we get our modern text. Be sure to cite whatever sources you summarize.

Sources: Shakespeare got parts of most of his plays from other people's writings. What are the main outside sources he used to write this play? (Start from the information in the Norton Shakespeare: Based on the Oxford Edition, and examine the sources yourself, if you can). Summarize the information about where the play came from, unless you have a chance to examine some of the sources in detail. If you examine a source in detail, talk about your own conclusions.

Analysis: Develop an argument you will present about a particular interpretation of the play by analyzing a theme, a character, a plot development, etc. Make certain that your analysis is focused on one aspect of the play, craft an argument that you will then prove with your writing by drawing on primary and secondary texts, and avoid unnecessary summary.

Works Cited: Works cited should be annotated, but should not be included in the final word count. The final works cited should include at least 10 secondary sources that deal with aspects of the play.

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Jordan Hoskinson Ms. Sherwood ENG.450 04 June, 2017 Topic: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth Annotated Bibliography 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, DOI 10.13128/JEMS-2279-7149-12632 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, https://digital.wwnorton.com/3013 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 10.7575/aiac.alls.v.8n.2p.22 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. http://www.bardweb.net/content/ac/sources.html 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 articles. 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, https://digital.wwnorton.com/3013/r/goto/cfi/924!/4 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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Running Head: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Jordan Hoskinson
Ms. Sherwood
02 July, 2017
Topic: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Other than being the shortest of William Shakespeare’s plays, Macbeth is also anomalous
with respect to its structure. Similar to Othello, the Moor of Venice, this play has not been
complicated with the formulations of subplots. Consequently, Macbeth progresses on in an
inexorable and swift rush. Even yet very significant, this play’s climax, that is the murder of
Duncan, occurs very early within the play. Therefore, this has resulted on the centered attention
on a various outcomes or rather consequences of the crime rather than on the moral dilemmas or
ambiguity that has occasioned and preceded it.
Textual Background
Published with respect to the true original copies, as is the citation of the front cover, the
First Folio has thirty six of William Shakespeare’s plays and was prepared by Henry Condell and
John Heminges, who were two colleagues of Shakespeare. The First Folio is taken into
consideration to be the only accurate and reliable text for an approximate of 20 of Shakespeare’s
stories and is therefore an invaluable source text for majority of the published plays that were
written by William Shakespeare, (Jean, 2008). Without the existence of the First Folio, there
could not be any actual or rather true copies of the now popular and widely loved plays including
our case study Macbeth. Certain other plays could also not exist for instance The Tempest, As

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
You Like It, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night to name a handful. Yet again, the cover bears the one
and only source of the universally acknowledged and recognized portrait of William Shakespeare
himself, which was drawn by artist Martin Droeshout.
Ahead of the 400th century of William Shakespeare’s death, the playwright who defined
English classes since the his quill that was first graced parchment with its touch, a copy of the
First Folio of William Shakespeare was discovered in a stately home that was located off the
Scotland coast. This find was described to be an extremely significant as well as rare by Oxford
University Academics, who authenticated the book that was discovered on the Isle of Bute,
(Jean, 2008). The discovery of this First Folio was described to be genuinely astonishing by the
Director of the Mount Stuart House Trust, Adam Ellis-Jones. It is still however uncertain that
how many copies of this First Folio were produced, even though an approximate value of 750
has been mentioned, with an approximation of 230 copies believed to be still existing, with the
final discovery taking place a couple of years ago in a Jesuit library in St Omer in western
Macbeth is a case study in how one of William Shakespeare’s plays can be read and yet
misunderstood, particularly by other academics whose commentaries on what takes place in this
play Macbeth have misled theater audiences as well as the readers, (Declan, 2017). What has
taken place in Othello has also been misread and there is a very high probability that other
Shakespeare’s plays have also been read but misunderstood.
For instance, it has been described by the Stratfordian commentators that Macbeth is a
play; a tragedy of an idolized hero, even a noble hero, whose tragic flaw is an “overweening” or
rather excessive ambition to be heir to the throne, that is to be king that results in his death and
downfall. This has long been the standard reality of this Macbeth play. It is story or rather a

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
reading that is familiar and also simple. It is comfortable even for a tragedy, for instance it is a
resemblance of the Greek tragedy. It meets the expectation of the playgoers and the readers. The
directors want to see this play to be performed this way on stage, (Algis, 2017). Macbeth’s
“excessive ambition” is so popular and hence has been widely accepted that it is now a cliché.
However, this view is most certainly wrong.
In his Arden edition of the play, Kenneth Muir more recently cites “inordinate ambition”
of Macbeth. In his collected plays, Harden Craig mentions that Ma...

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