Shakespeare's Macbeth

Shakespeare's Macbeth

Shakespeares Macbeth Background and Important Terms Macbeth and Shakespeare Facts Shakespeare wrote 36 plays and 154 sonnets. Shakespeare wrote to satisfy his patrons, not as a means of personal expression. Macbeth is one of Shakespeares shortest plays. Macbeth is considered a play that

brings bad luck. Macbeth is based on a real Scottish king and Shakespeare got the historical information from Holinsheds Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1577). Macbeths Context Renaissance: 1485-1660; began in Italy Renaissance means rebirth, as Europe was recovering from the Black Death and the Middle Ages.

During the Renaissance, people became curious about themselves and human nature and lost faith in the church. People turned to Latin and Greek classics to discover new answers to lifes big questions, leading to an intellectual movement called humanism. Macbeths Context In 1455, Johannes Gutenberg invented the first printing press. Queen Elizabeth I greatly encouraged the creative arts, so a great deal of literature emerged

and she inspired many writers. Shakespeare wrote Macbeth during King James Is reign, who was originally from Scotland. During the Renaissance, women were not permitted to perform on stage, so boys or effeminate men played the female roles. Macbeth = Tragedy Tragedy: a literary work depicting serious events in which the main character, who is often high-ranking and dignified, comes to an unhappy end

Tragic hero: protagonist of a tragedy who usually wins some self-knowledge and wisdom, even though he or she suffers defeat, possibly even death. Tragic flaw: an error in judgment or character weakness which usually causes the tragic heros downfall Macbeth Literary Terms Paradox: an apparent contradiction that is actually true Aside: private words that a character in a play speaks to the

audience or to another character, which are not supposed to be overheard by others Soliloquy: a long speech in which a character who is usually alone onstage expresses his or her private thoughts or feelings Macbeth Literary Terms Motif: a word, character, object, image, metaphor, or idea that recurs in a work or

in several works Iambic pentameter: a line of poetry made up of five iambs. An iamb is a metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Blank verse: poetry written in unrhyming iambic pentameter Macbeth Characters Macbeth Lady Macbeth King Duncan Macduff Banquo

Malcolm Donalbain Numerous minor characters (All are listed on page 301 in your textbooks)

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